By Terry Baum and Pat Bond
Directed by Carolyn Myers
July 10 - 27, 2014
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 8pm; Sundays @ 3pm New Show Added Sunday June 20th at 7pm
Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson Street)Map It
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote 2,336 letters to the great love of her life, Lorena Hickok. Inspired by those letters, The Crackpot Crones and Theatre Rhinoceros present Terry Baum in a solo play.
Lorena Hickok was the most famous woman reporter of her day when she was assigned to cover Eleanor Roosevelt during the 1933 Presidential campaign. Hick and Eleanor fell in love.
It was the best and worst thing that ever happened to Hick. She chose to sacrifice her own career and happiness to support the woman she loved, who became one of the greatest American woman of the 20th Century.
A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
July 31 - August 23rd
Wednesdays - Saturdays @ 800 PM; Saturday matinees at 300 pm
Eureka Theatre, (215 Jackson St at Front/Battery, SF, CA 94111) Map It
Theatre Rhino remounts its hit spring production of The Habit of Art. Alan Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music. It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration, and on persisting when all passion’s
spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.
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The Critics Raved for this Production in the Spring!
"Theatre Rhino scores an "A" with this production, both for giving local audiences the opportunity to experience it, and by delivering it with such style.... Happily, Theatre Rhinoceros is providing local audiences the opportunity to see this challenging, insightful, and entertaining play in one of Rhino's classiest productions.... Director John Fisher has expertly staged this play of interwoven scenarios and complex staging."
Richard Dodds – Bay Area Reporter (BAR)
"The polished Bay Area premiere of “Habit of Art” at Theatre Rhinoceros offers an intriguing glimpse of how a play is formed — and much more…. John Fisher directs with careful attention to both of the plays’ comic and poignant nuances, and he and his actors are adept at differentiating, and inhabiting, their two roles."
Jean Schiffman – SF Examiner
"AN EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION OF ALAN BENNETT’S THE HABIT OF ART.... A comic tour de force by Donald Currie playing Auden....
Donald Currie is outstanding as the unconventional Auden. He makes you care about the character’s frailty and dried up talent while also playing an actor who can’t remember his lines and hates the way Auden is presented... John Fisher is superb, too as the pained, prissily fastidious Britten. He offers a prevailing echo of the tormented Britten. Tamar Cohn as the stage manager and Craig Souza as Carpenter are magnetic in their roles. Michael DeMartini is delightful as the frustrated playwright. Justin Lucas gives an exceptional performance as Stuart, confused the rent boy. He gives a sterling speech at the end of the play when he complains “I want to get in. I want to join. I want to know” after hearing all of the intellectual repartee between the leading characters.... John Fisher's direction is sharp"
Richard Connema – For All Events
"Bennett’s dialog between Auden and Britten are handled brilliantly by Currie and Fisher... Alan Bennett’s latest play - is a paean to theatre as well as to W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten."
Kedar Adour – Theatre World / For All Events
"Without doubt, the evening belongs to Donald Currie, who gives a glowing performance as Fitz/Auden."
"Six stars [out of six] and six glasses of champagne!"
Lee Hartgrave - For All Events.
Habit of Art Returns - Watch the Promotional Video
Catherine Brannigan Honored
Congratulations to Theatre Rhinoceros Board President Catherine Brannigan for winning the Distinguished Philanthropist Award at Blushing Orchid Ball in June, 2014. Catherine was honored for all her good work on behalf of The Rhino, the LGBT Community at large, and the San Francisco Health Care Community .
Catherine Brannigan holding her award,
flanked by Brian Sharber and Davis Gaines
John Fisher as Paul and
Maryssa Wanlass as Diane in
To Sleep and Dream.
Theatre Rhino Playwright Honored
To Sleep and Dream
by John Fisher
Wins San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC)
Excellence in Theater, 2013 Best Original Script
Award presented to John Fisher, May 5, 2014.
SFBATCC is a private non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and serving theatres of all types and sizes in the greater region by recognizing excellence and outstanding achievement in the field.
Active since 1976, the Circle consists of reviewers in all nine Bay Area counties, across various media, who are voted into membership by existing members based on the quality and consistency of their reviews. The Circle hosts an annual awards ceremony each Spring to celebrate superior work in the previous year.
SFBATCC named To Sleep and Dream byJohn Fisher the best script of 2013 at the awards banquet May 5th. Congratulations, John!
WE’RE THIRTY-SIX AND STILL THE LONGEST-RUNNING AND MOST ADVENTUROUS LGBT THEATRE ANYWHERE!
This year we’re thirty-six and still the longest-running and most adventurous LGBT theatre on the planet! Your generous donations last year helped us achieve another record year of donor support! It also helped us put the most adventurous, professional and entertaining gay-lesbian product onstage. Thank you! In these challenging economic times we still need your help.