Theatre Rhinoceros
John Fisher, Executive Director

San Francisco Live Queer Theater

The Habit of Art
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Tamar Cohn as Kay, Donald Currie as Auden, Craig Souza as Carpenter, and John Fisher as Britten in The Habit of Art

Return Engagement!

The Habit of Art

A Very British Comedy by Alan Bennett (The History Boys)
NOW through August 23rd Only!
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."
George Heymont

"Six stars [out of six] and six glasses of champagne!"
Lee Hartgrave - For All Events.

New Reviews -- August 10, 2014!

"Hilarious and insightful! It’s a tremendously satisfying and compelling theatrical experience!"
 Barry Willis – Best of SF Bay Area

"Donald Currie as Auden and John Fisher as Britten are especially passionate and convincing in their double-layered roles… Alan Bennett's sensitive homage to the lives of poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten offers deep insight into the dubious habits and great artistry that defined their lives and legacies." 
Roger Bingham – Edgeonthenet.com

"Theatre Rhino presented this Bay area premiere last Spring, so the current production is a return engagement. We’re lucky to have it. Utilizing a play within a play format, The Habit of Art is constructed like nesting dolls—masks within masks within masks —and the result is fascinating. The script is an intellectual smorgasbord of the highest order. It is also superbly entertaining, thanks to careful, intelligent direction by John Fisher (who also plays the actor Henry who plays the character Benjamin Britten) and fine work by the entire cast. Donald Currie is fascinating to watch. As Henry (actor)/Benjamin Britten (character), John Fisher performs as well as he directs. Henry has his own secrets, implied but never revealed, as does Britten. All of this is managed with maximum clarity, so that the viewer is challenged and engaged but needn’t be frustrated or confused. The remainder of the cast, playing the playwright of the play-within-the-play, the stage managers, and actors playing a young singer being tutored by Britten, a rent-boy visiting Auden and biographer Humphrey Carpenter are all equally good and each player has moments to shine. This fascinating and subtle intellectual jaunt will be deeply satisfying for demanding audiences, who go to the theatre to think as well as to be entertained." (Read the complete review)
Charles Kruger – theatrestorm.com (storminbohemia)

**** Recommended by Theatre Bay Area Awards Adjudicators ****

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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 with the distinguished Philanthropist Award
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!


 

Theatre Rhinoceros is Running into the Future

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.

Please keep the Rhino a long-running hit with a generous donation this year »

 

In Memoriam: José Julio Sarria (1923-2013)

We were saddened to hear of the passing of the great activist José Sarria.

In 2010 and again in 2011 we proudly presented a play about his life and struggles. One of the treats of that production was having him come see the show and getting to meet the man himself.

José blessed us in life and he will go on blessing all of us forever. His generosity and determination are an inspiration to all gay artists and activists.

SexRev by Kent Taylor
José Sarria and John Fisher
from José 's special appearance at an April 28, 2010 performance of
"SexRev: The José Sarria Experience"
Tom Orr in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience" .  Photo by Kent Taylor
Tom Orr in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience"
Photo by Kent Taylor.
 Tom Orr and Michael Vega in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience" Written and Directed by John Fisher. Photos by Kent Taylor.
Tom Orr and Michael Vega in "SexRev: The Jose Sarria Experience"
Photo by Kent Taylor.
 
Castro Street Fair Auditions

Castro Street Fair Auditions

Meet the Next Queer Stars!

See Auditioners for The Rhino at the Castro Street Fair.
The scenes are from All About Eve and A Streetcar Named Desire

 
 

Foundations Supporting Theatre Rhinoceros

Theatre Rhinoceros is funded by the generosity of the following organizations:

San Francisco Grants for the Arts

 

The The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

 

The San Francisco Art Commission

 

The Dramatists Guild

 

The Zellerbach Family Foundation

 

The James Hormel Foundation

 

The Horizons Foundation

 

The Bob Ross Foundation

 

The Walmart Foundation

 


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