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Monday, July 2, 2012

The S.F. Mime Troupe Takes on the 1 Percent this Fourth of July

Posted By on Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Every town has its summer traditions. In Brooklyn, fire hydrants are opened for all the neighborhood kids. In Michigan, folks play rousing games of cow-pie bingo. In New Orleans, the snowball carts multiply like feral cats. Here, we know it's high summer when the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe sets up its stage for their first show of the season.

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This band of brilliant, loony thespians has been tapping into the optimism of the silly season, exposing veins of corruption, and promoting resistance with a giggle for nearly 53 years. Last year's show involved Mayan prophecy, ecological collapse, and a milquetoast rejoinder from our president. This year's For the Greater Good (or The Last Election) takes a hard look at America's economic crisis through the eyes of the much-maligned and beleaguered 1 percent. Bring your hankie because you're sure to shed a tear for the banker Gideon Bloodgood, but arrive early because the troupe is only half the show. Their fans -- a good-hearted rabble of cookie-selling hippie girls, beer-swilling thugs, dog-walking dot-commies, sin-supporting Sisters, and free-thinking soapbox radicals -- provide a heart-warming spectacle worth braving the fog.

For the Greater Good (or The Last Election) opens with music at 1:30 p.m. on July 4 at Dolores Park, Dolores (at 18th St.), S.F. Admission is free.

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