Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Coming Out of Their Shells 

Wednesday, Apr 13 2011
The women behind the variety show Monday Night ForePlays embrace the absurd. Among other sketch oddities, they’ve dressed up people as the bottles in an alcoholic’s liquor cabinet — making the next act, stand-up comedian Rachel McDowell, gleefully tell the audience that seeing a man dressed as a bottle of Jim Beam “was about the sexiest thing I’ve seen all night!” They’ve had Dora the Explorer visit the Tenderloin and converse with a tranny hooker and a homeless man. They’ve staged Clitoris: The Musical. But on a serious note, these women — part of the fierce, scrappy, and growing theater company PianoFight — have grown comedically and theatrically since late 2009, when they began writing, producing, and acting in a new show every few months. Their latest is called Spring EGGstravaganza. In it, producer Kate Jones says, they reinterpret (and set to music) a 17th-century poem about hymen restoration. There’s a group discussion on how to ease the monthly pain of “manstration.” A Craigslist rideshare goes horribly awry. (As they do.) And a popular energy drink gets a huge boost — and becomes potentially lethal. Filling the spaces between sketches are musical acts the Whiskey Richards and Hanna Rifkin. Stand-up accompaniment includes Natasha Muse, Chris Burns, and Mary Van Note.
Mon., April 18, 8 p.m., 2011

About The Author

Keith Bowers


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"