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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.


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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