The Grimaldis Are Dead, a co-production by Dane Ballard productions and Circus Center San Francisco, is spectacular in theory. It combines circus, magic, improv, and musical theater, backed up by a live band and filmed projections; it follows generations of a family who were all in showbiz and all died ghastly deaths; and it takes place in a new and unconventional venue, Firehouse 8.
Whether the show succeeds in practice, however, is a different story. SF Weekly theater critics Lily Janiak and Benjamin Wachs discuss how impressive talent, exciting source material, and good intentions failed to deliver in a podcast produced by Benjamin Wachs. Listen below.
The Grimaldis Are Dead continues through Nov. 4 at Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $75.