Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Books Made Into Plays: Tales of the City

Tales of the City
World Premiere: American Conservatory Theater
Running Time: 2 hr. and 50 min.

Last month my bookclub read the San Francisco classic Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (click title for my review). We picked it and then literally, two weeks later, the city started promoting the world premiere of the broadway show made out of the first two books in the series (of which there are eight books in total) so can you say bookclub field trip!

Overall our bookclub really enjoyed the book and it's view of 1970s San Francisco and we were looking forward to a large group outing to see the play. Heck, more people wanted to go to the play than came to bookclub! The play had been getting good reviews and come last Friday we were all excited to see it.

We were not disappointed! Having combined both Tales of the City and More Tales of the City, this play was disco-fabulous! The woman who played Mary Ann Singleton (Betsy Wolfe), our favorite naive heroine of the book who comes to the city looking to grow up and become a city gal, could belt out a tune like no other! And Anna Madrigal (Judy Kaye) was amazing as the mother hen of the whole cast. Between scenes the cast would disco or roller skate around the stage making everyone in the audience get into the vibe of the era and the characters were both funny and moving.

I can't say whether, if you hadn't read the books you would still enjoy the play, because I have read the first one, but I would think it would still certainly be entertaining. The venue was sold out and everyone appeared to be enjoying it. Certainly our group of nine was into the play. How wonderful to see a book brought to life in a way other than a movie. It's kind of magical and was a great outing. If the play comes to a city near you, I can highly recommend it!
Disco scenes in action!

3 comments:

  1. I kind of want to go and see a play now. I always see such depressing ones (sent by a magazine). Too bf with me and yikes, depressing.

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  2. Thanks for the review. It's fun to combine a read with a play or movie.
    Ann

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  3. What fun! I'm really looking forward to having the chance to see more theater this year, and it makes me want to explore the provenance of the plays more to read them beforehand too.

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