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House of Lucky

Wednesday, Sep 22 1999
Berkeley's Impact Theater has a self- conscious mission: to do live shows "for people of our own generation, born between roughly 1961 and 1981"; the result has been a number of plays (Sweet Self, Lackaday) hobbled by self-consciousness. But House of Lucky is different. Frank Wortham's one-man show about a young beat poet in '90s San Francisco has a self-transcending energy. The poet, Harper Jones, in dreadlocks and "Bob Dylan boots," navigates roughly 48 hours of The Life, from a hilarious monologue by his roommate in the morning to female troubles in the afternoon to a funny poetry slam at night. His odyssey leaves him with no money, no job, no girlfriend, no dreadlocks, and a head accidentally full of some very powerful blotter acid. If this still sounds like a familiar story, keep in mind that Wortham can act. His lanky body and soul-patched face embody 17 different characters, and the sprawling show -- which premiered in '96 and has toured to New York, Chicago, and Boston -- is what too many other Gen-X productions aren't: full of joy.


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