A send-up of an legendary playwright, a feminist comedian who cracked the boys’ club and a boy band singer featured in one of the summer’s best movies highlight my Weekend Top 10.
1 “Stupid (Expletive) Bird”: You might think from the f-bombing title to Aaron Posner’s send-up of Chekhov’s “The Seagull” that it’s a full-court mockery of the legendary playwright’s work, turning the characters into a collection of self-absorbed whiners who gather in the country to bemoan their lot in life and suffer the torments of unrequited love. And, well, you’d be sort of correct, except that nestled within the mockery are actual resonating points about all the suffering that is going on, as well as insights about art and the theater. You’ll find yourself tripping over your laughter with realizations that there is more going on than parody. City Lights Theater is presenting the play beginning this week.
Details: In previews Sept. 14-15, main run is Saturday through Oct. 14; City Lights Theater, San Jose; $19-$44; 408-295-4200, cltc/org.
2 Rita Rudner: She got into stand-up in the 1980s, when the comedy circuit was reviving and she noticed that most of the performers were men. Rudner proved a wonderful alternative, quietly and cleverly mocking traditional ideas of dating, marriage, child-rearing and other staples of American life. She spends most of her time performing in Las Vegas these days, so fans should take advantage of her Sept. 15 show at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater.
Details: 8 p.m.; $40-$80; 925-373-6800, lvpac.org.
3 Harry Styles: Having proved he can act in Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Word War II thriller “Dunkirk,” the former One Direction singer member is still intent on keeping his solo music career going. He dropped his solo debut album in May, and just released a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” He’ll be at San Francisco’s The Masonic on Sept. 19.
Details: 8 p.m.; $79.50-$99.50; www.livenation.com.
3 “A Tale of Autumn”: Obie- and Glickman-Award-winning Bay Area playwright Christopher Chen’s latest work centers on a fictional “aggressive altruism” agricultural firm known as the Farm Company, where the search for a new leader takes a series of surreal turns.
Details: Presented by Crowded Fire Theater Company; Sept. 15-Oct. 7; Potrero Stage, San Francisco; $15-$35; www.crowdedfire.org.
4 Jim Gaffigan: At a time when so much comedy revolves around anger, ridicule, politics and/or any topic designed to make you uncomfortable as heck (not that there’s anything wrong with …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment