Since 1959, The San Francisco Mime Troupe has used a mix of political satire, original music, and writing to produce socially relevant theater. Their yealy show is one of high points of the performance year here at the Mateel.
This year’s production, Oil & Water, wil be presented at the Mateel on Saturday, July 20th, 2013 at 8pm.
The Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe opens its 54th season of Free Shows in the Parks with their 2013 show: Oil & Water...
This year’s Mime Troupe production presents two one act musicals linked by environmental themes - depicting the abusive relationships society has with our natural resources - and the lengths we go to satisfy our thirsts
- all done in their characteristic quick-change, singing & dancing, political style.
The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater; done as political satire and is anything but silent.
Winner of three OBIE awards and a Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, creates plays that make sense out of the headlines, with close-up stories that make audiences feel the impact of political events on their personal lives.
The NY Post called the Mime Troupe “America's oldest and finest street theater”.
"(Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker) ... is a brilliant work, combining tragedy and humor to make a very pointed argument for thinking outside the box on the state of Labor and jobs today."
"'Posibilidad' was incredibly funny ... and just as willing to skewer the left ... as it is to question the assumptions about the economic basis of modern life."
"the play's ambition is as impressive as its range"
"pointed and funny"
"...a lot of fun...the audience has a great time"
"The Troupe's penchant for relentlessly and artistically questioning the status quo draws North Bay audiences year after year."
"The San Francisco Mime Troupe is the conscience of the city, out proudest export, and -as it celebrates its 50th year- perhaps our most enduring sociopolitical institution"
"(The Mime Troupe's) free summer shows in the park . . still come geared to immediate concerns and evince a commitment to advancing a populist mission of of social change. Generally speaking, and to this end, they are also slickly performed and very funny."
"Anyone concerned about the state of global politics-- and about the state of political humor -- should listen to the Mime troupe's message."
"Red State is ideal election year fare- sharp, funny, with just enough bite."
"...have the famed company declared California's official state theater. Who else?"
"The San Francisco Mime Troupe is America's oldest and finest street theater... more professional than most of our presumably professional companies."
"You're never only watching a political theater piece, but rather a double barreled re-invention of politics and theater at once."
"Energized by the resurgent right...the inexhaustible purveyors of agit-prop musical comedy have responded with their sharpest, funniest and most exhilarating show in years."
"What makes political theater work? Passion, anger and humor"
"'Eating It' is nutritious entertainment -- timely, funny, provocative, sharply staged and beautifully performed. It just goes to show the continual wonders of splicing hot political issues with the unique skills of the San Francisco Mime Troupe."
"When you hear people say theater is dying -- tell them about the San Francisco Mime Troupe."
"Politics is not the only reason to see the Mime Troupe. Those who enjoy theater, farce, Monty Python, musical comedy or even urban politics will enjoy the show."
"Mime Troupe puts on its best show in years...the Mime Troupe has come up with some canny and mordant takes on San Francisco's gleaming gentrification."
SF MIME Official Web Site:
SF MIME Oil & Water Page: http://www.sfmt.org/company/archives/oilandwater/2013.php
"Oil & Water" Facebook Page: