Theatre Rhinoceros
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Theatre Rhino’s 2014-15 Season

Theatre Rhinoceros's 2014-15 Season
Queer Adventure

Theatre Rhino's 37 Season takes off!From the battlefields of the Central Pacific to lesbians in lock-up, our new season is a queer adventure like you’ve never seen. Join us for thrills, spills, trills and laughs galore!

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Timon: The Musical – An outdoor musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s play about greedy artists. A Co-Production with Yerba Buena Arts and Events: May 29 – 31, 2015: Outdoors in Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets, SF, 94103

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Earlier in the Season

The Battle of Midway! Live! On Stage!    Shopping the Musical    The Anarchist     Breaking the Code

The Battle of Midway! Live! On Stage!

World Premiere
Written and Directed by John Fisher
Music by Don Seaver
November 14-30
The Costume Shop (1117 Market Street) @ 7th and Civic Center BART/MUNI Map It

The famous naval battle becomes a campy-musical. Finally! Join Nim, Fletch, Spru, Yammy and Naggy as they slug it out in the Central Pacific. It's the Second World War like you've never seen it before!

Performances are Wed-Sat @ 800 pm; Saturday matinees @ 300 pm.
Special Sunday Matinee 11/30 @ 300 pm.
There is no show on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27th.

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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wils
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Fletch and Donald Currie as Martha in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Fletch and Donald Currie as Martha in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Foreground: Naomi Evans as Rosie and Kirsten Peacock as Posie; Background: Donald Currie as Midway Island in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Foreground: Naomi Evans as Rosie and Kirsten Peacock as Posie; Background: Donald Currie as Midway Island  in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured top to bottom: Paul Renolis as Frank and Justin Lucas as Hank in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured top to bottom: Paul Renolis as Frank and Justin Lucas as Hank in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: JD Scalzo as Spru and John Fisher as Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: JD Scalzo as Spru and John Fisher as Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, and Naomi Evans as Shigeru in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, and Naomi Evans as Shigeru in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, JD Scalzo as Spru, Paul Renolis as Frank and Donald Currie as Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, JD Scalzo as Spru, Paul Renolis as Frank and Donald Currie as Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Donald Currie as Nim, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, Naomi Evans as Shigeru, Paul Renolis as Frank, JD Scalzo as Spru, and Katina Letheule as Naggy in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Hank, Daile Mitchum as Yammy, Donald Currie as Nim, Kirsten Peacock as Hiro, Naomi Evans as Shigeru, Paul Renolis as Frank, JD Scalzo as Spru, and Katina Letheule as Naggy in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Hiro and Justin Lucas as Michyko in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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: Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and John Fisher as Admiral Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and John Fisher as Admiral Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, John Fisher as Admiral Fletch and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and John Fisher as Admiral Fletch in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured top to bottom: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured top to bottom: Donald Currie as Admiral Nim and Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, John Fisher as Admiral Fletch and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull, John Fisher as Admiral Fletch and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull Halsey and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Admiral Bull Halsey and Donald Currie as Admiral Nim in The Battle of Midway! Live! Onstage! by John Fisher and Don Seaver. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Costume Shop. Photo by David Wilson.
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Shopping: The Musical

Shopping: The Musical

by Morris Bobrow
The 2014 Rhino New Year’s Eve Spectacular
One Show Only – Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 800 pm
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson San Francisco Map It

The hit musical comedy revue about everybody's second-favorite (in some cases, favorite) activity.

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The Anarchist

The Anarchist

Bay Area Premiere
Written by David Mamet

January 2-17, 2015
Wed-Sat.@ 8pm
Saturday Matinees at 3pm

Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco Map It

Nothing is quite what it seems in David Mamet's latest work. With a nod to his mentor, Harold Pinter, Mamet once again employs his signature verbal jousting in this battle of two women over freedom, power, money, religion—and the lack thereof.

Theatre Rhinoceros is proud to present the West Coast Premiere of this exciting drama about a lesbian anarchist on the day of her possible parole.

Running time: 85 minutes with no intermission.

Nightly Pre-Show Presentation

David Mamet's THE ANARCHIST: The Playwright and His Work.

Director John Fisher will give a presentation fifteen minutes before the show about playwright David Mamet, his plays and specifically THE ANARCHIST and its inspirations.

The Reviews Are In!

Must Close January 17th!!

"The intensity of the interaction between Cohn and Brown is simply riveting, with both actresses digging into layers of rage and frustration. Under Fisher’s fine-tuned and well-paced direction, there’s never a false, or lax, moment — just a lot of inevitable, and thought-provoking, moral ambiguity. Emotionally involving!"
- Jean Schiffman – SF Examiner 

"Powerful, thought provoking, and current, Mamet has not lost his touch."
- Barbara Keer – Splash Magazine

“In a new Theatre Rhinoceros production, Mamet still does what he does best: poke beneath the veneer of characters to exhume the vagaries of human nature. Director John Fisher combines with Mamet to offer an intensely dramatic, philosophical feast that pinpoints a two-woman tug-of-war over rehabilitation, faith and sex… The actors are splendid!”
- Woody Weingarten  – Marinscope

"This Theatre Rhinoceros production benefits immensely from the intensity of Tamar Cohn's portrayal of Cathy who, as a convert to Christianity, can't stop talking about Jesus or the power of her newly-found faith."
- George Heymont – My Cultural Labdscape

"A tremendous production of David Mamet's The Anarchist by Theatre Rhinoceros... The performance was electric... Velina Brown and Tamar Cohn are talented, veteran actors, and they burn up the stage in their performances. They inhabit their characters."
RATING: Five Stars ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
- David Fox – The Theatre Blogger

“Velina Brown plays Ann with a laser focus that can only hint at what may lay beneath a duty-bound surface. As Cathy, Tamar Cohn gets to take us on a journey through a life she claims she has righted in prison. This is where the pulse of the play can be found, sharply rendered in Cohn's performance, as Cathy's seeming self-assurance gives way to desperation that causes her to say a bit too much. Give credit to director John Fisher and his cast, whose Theatre Rhino production does find a dramatic tension beyond an exchange of ideas.”
- Richard Dodds  – Bay Area Reporter

"As the prisoner, 'Cathy', Tamar Cohn is utterly convincing in her verbal and at times emotional rampage. But Velina Brown, as her authoritarian opponent 'Ann' meets her at every point. She’s far more emotionally contained than Cathy, but just as ferocious in her efforts to procure the information she wants from the prisoner... It’s a credit to director John Fisher and actors Cohn and Brown that emotion does manage to burst through the thick word play, especially as the verbal jousting reaches its crescendo... This is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea.  If you savor highly intellectual repartee  about our social, political, and economic systems, religion, philosophy and other heady topics then it is yours."
- Bonnie Weiss – Musical Theatre Lovers United

"THE ANARCHIST, a carefully considered, well acted west coast premiere. John Fisher’s direction is precise and intelligent, and the two actresses (Velina Brown and Tamar Cohn) have served the text well... Exciting with intellectual and emotional fireworks... This west coast premiere of  a work by an important American playwright will be of interest to committed Mamet fans and those who particularly appreciate political content on stage."
- Charles Kruger –  Theatrestorm.com 

In Depth about The Anarchist

SF Gate article about the production, including an interview with director John Fisher

Read Jonathan Farrell in "Digital Journal" with more about the play, including an intereview with Tamar Cohn.

Read about Kathy Boudin and Judith Clark, two of the real-life radicals who inspired Mamet.

The New York Post story:
"Outrage 101: Radical jailed in slay now Columbia prof"

CBS News 2014 story:
"Rockland Officials To Cuomo: Don’t Free Brinks Robbery Getaway Driver"

 

 

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Judith Clark’s Radical Transformation
Why three decades of exemplary behavior behind bars have not earned the Brink’s robbery accomplice her freedom.

 

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Pictured: Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured: Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Cathy and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.) 
Pictured left to right: Tamar Cohn as Cathy and Velina Brown* as Ann in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.) 
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown* as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Pictured left to right: Velina Brown" as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet; Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity
Pictured left to right: Velina Brown" as Ann and Tamar Cohn as Cathy in THE ANARCHIST by David Mamet
Directed by John Fisher; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at the Eureka Theatre; Photo by David Wilson. (*Member Actors' Equity Association.)

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Tamar Cohn as Cathy
Tamar Cohn as Cathy

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Velina Brown as Ann
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David Mamet (photo by Brigitte Lacobe)
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Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code

by Hugh Whitemore

March 4 - 22, 2015

The Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street Map It

A gripping biographical drama about homosexual scientist Alan Turing, the eccentric genius who fought on two fronts.

Turing played a major role in winning the World War II, and he also battled with British morality. He broke the complex German code called Enigma, enabling allied forces to foresee Nazi u-boat maneuvers.

Since his work was classified top secret for years after the war, no one knew how much was owed to him when he was put on trial for breaking another code - the taboo against homosexuality.

Turing, who was also the first to conceive of and basically invent the computer, the machine that forever altered our modern world, was convicted of the criminal act of homosexuality and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments which left him physically and mentally debilitated.

He died a suicide, forgotten and alone.

This play is about who he was, what happened to him and why.

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John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron and John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas as Ron and John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Heren Patel as Nikos, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Heren Patel as Nikos, John Fisher as Turing in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Celia Maurice as Sara, Patrick Ross as Ross in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Celia Maurice as Sara, Patrick Ross as Ross in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Pat, Celia Maurice as Sara in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock as Pat, Celia Maurice as Sara in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Kirsten Peacock as Pat in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Kirsten Peacock as Pat in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Val Hendrickson as Knox in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Val Hendrickson as Knox in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Michael DeMartini as Smith in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Turing, Michael DeMartini as Smith in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore; A Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Eureka Theatre. Photo by David Wilson.
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Breaking The Code: The Alan Turing Story runs at Theatre Rhinoceros March 4 - 22.
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Alan Turning
Alan Turing
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Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas (Ron) and John Fisher (Turing) and in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Justin Lucas (Ron) and John Fisher (Turing) and  in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Michael DeMartini (Smith) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson
Michael DeMartini (Smith) and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson

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Patrick Ross (Ross) and Michael DeMartini (Smith) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Patrick Ross (Ross) and Michael DeMartini (Smith) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: John Fisher (Turing) and Patrick Ross (Ross) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: John Fisher (Turing) and Patrick Ross (Ross) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.

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Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat), John Fisher (Turing), and Justin Lucas (Ron) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
Pictured left to right: Kirsten Peacock (Pat), John Fisher (Turing), and Justin Lucas (Ron) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson.
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Pictured left to right: Val Hendrickson* (Knox), Kirsten Peacock (Pat), and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actor's Equity Association
Pictured left to right: Val Hendrickson* (Knox), Kirsten Peacock (Pat), and John Fisher (Turing) in BREAKING THE CODE by Hugh Whitemore. A Theatre Rhinoceros Production. Photo by David Wilson. *Member, Actor's Equity Association
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The Critics Rave!

Alan Turing comes to life in Breaking the Code .

Unlike the film, with a Hollywood spin and too-clever banter that leaves the audience wondering what really happened, Hugh Whitemore’s 1986 “Breaking the Code” – onstage at the Eureka Theatre in an elegant Theatre Rhinoceros production – is a far more satisfying and fulfilling depiction of the life of the scientist, whose admission of homosexuality in the 1950s derailed a remarkable (if little-known) life and career.

John Fisher does terrific double duty in the Theatre Rhino show, both directing and portraying Turing, the brilliant yet socially awkward character whose creativity, single-mindedness and iconoclasm posthumously earned him the title “father of computer science."

The ensemble wonderfully complements Fisher in Whitemore’s drama, which remains clear as it flashes back and forth.
- Leslie Katz – SF Examiner

 

John Fisher doesn’t portray Turing. He instead inhabits the character’s body and makes him astoundingly authentic.

Not only is Fisher, the Rhino’s executive artistic director since2002, brilliant in his acting, his direction is equally luminous. He makes the play’s two hours race by, he ensures everyone’s British accent is consistent and easy to penetrate, and he draws the best possible performances from Celia Maurice as Turing’s doting but unenlightened mother, Sarah; Val Hendrickson as Dillwyn Knox, his supportive boss who personally doesn’t care if Turing goes “to bed with choir boys or cocker spaniels” but frets about what the authorities will think; Kirsten Peacock as his infatuated coworker friend Pat Green; and Justin Lucas as Ron Miller, Turning’s lover-user-betrayer.
- Woody Weingarten – Marinscope / For All Events

 

★★★★ (4 out of 4 stars)
Everyone should see Breaking the Code for the acting, the characterizations, the set, the sexiness, the unconventional style.

In the present revival at Theatre Rhinoceros, Artistic Director John Fisher (who also directs) turns in a brilliant and stylish performance as Turing, afflicted by a stammer and all the hatred of eccentricity that the post-war years could muster. Turing stands up for himself in a lovingly rendered Cambridge classroom beautifully designed by Jon Wai-keung Lowe with secret doors suggesting sexual and legal oppression. Surprising exits, entrances, and shifts of time add to the mystery, with each actor creating a sprightly and memorable character, parts of the clockwork machinery that surrounds Turing.

We see his friendship with the scientist and mathematician Pat Green, played by the witty and sensuous Kirsten Peacock, whose every movement is subtle, clear, and engaging — a mathematician in a dancer’s body.

All of the actors are excellent. As Sara Turing, the mathematician’s mother who doesn’t quite get what all the fuss is about — math, codes, sex, coupling — Celia Maurice puts in a precise, witty performance. And Michael DeMartini excels as Inspector John Smith, a dour, saturnine, gloomy presence who enjoys twisting the knife in Turing’s heart while “doing his duty” for the British state.
- Barry Horowitz – TheatreStorm.com 

 

With a cast led by John Fisher (who is steadily transforming into an old-fashioned actor-manager), Theatre Rhinoceros did a solid job of examining Turing's nervous downfall.

Celia Maurice was sympathetic as Turing's mother, Sara while Kirsten Peacock scored strongly as his research partner, Pat Green. As the gay men in Turing's life, Justin Lucas shone as Ron Miller with Heren Pateldelivering sweet portrayals of a very young Christopher Morcom and a slightly giggly young Greek named Nikos. Patrick Ross, Michael DeMartini, and Val Hendricksonappeared in smaller supporting roles.
- George Heymont – My Cultural Landscape BLOG

 

Theatre Rhino's production of Breaking the Code, first staged in London in 1986, comes at a propitious time, as Turing's name is again in currency thanks to the movie The Imitation Game.

There are some particularly fine performances in featured roles, including Patrick Ross as a police detective who diligently if reluctantly unravels the true circumstances of a minor burglary that Turing has thoughtlessly reported. High marks, too, to Val Hendrickson as a comically addled wartime superior who turns serious when he, without moral judgment, warns Turing to show a little more discretion in his personal life. Kristen Peacock warms up the production as Turing's colleague with ill-aimed romantic intentions, and Justin Lucas and Heren Patel briskly enliven the play with two of the young men who at least temporarily switch off Turing's built-in abacus.
- Richard Dodds – Bay Area Reporter (BAR)

 

Alan Turing is suddenly trendier than a gold smartwatch. Here Turing gets the biographical treatment in a revival of the 1986 Hugh Whitemore play with local theater legend John Fisher as Turing.

Fisher does an outstanding job capturing the fidgety awkwardness of a gay nerd in a world where his sexuality gets him charged with the crime of 'gross indecency.' The whole cast turns in remarkable performances as Turing’s various lovers, beards, colleagues and prosecutors.

Breaking the Code is memorable for its cast’s terrific performances
- Joe Kukura – sfist.com

 

A Thought-provoking Production

John Fisher gives a marvelously genuine performance as Alan Turing.

John Fisher also sharply directs this production and he has taken these shadowy characters and made them come alive on stage.

Breaking the Code is a good old-fashioned, intelligent play and is multilayered in its examination of loyalty and national expediency.

- Richard Connema – Talkinbroadway.com

 

BREAKING THE CODE is  excellent

The play version BREAKING THE CODE explores the deeper sexuality in the man Turing.

Theatre Rhinoceros company headed by artistic director John Fisher, who plays Turing, and also directed this superb theatre to bring this story to the Eureka stage in SF. The cast is wonderful and the 2 hour story is clearly as important today as it was in the late 80’s.

Alan Turing the father of commuter science and the centerpiece of the story in brilliantly performed by John Fisher - is a tour de force  on stage - playing Alan from his teen years to his final years in the 50’s. Fisher plays this man with a spark that Turing may have felt, he is impressive and on stage most of the two hours.

Congrats to the cast and the amazing performance by the Rhino’s creative heart and soul Mr. John Fisher.

 - Vince Mediaa – Vmedia blog

 

Fisher is a good actor and any show he sits out is an opportunity wasted.

While Turing is often portrayed as kind of a jerk, Fisher plays him as almost childlike, both naïve and cynical at the same time and stricken with nervous tics and a fleeting stammer – humane, compassionate, deeply sad likeness of someone both awesomely powerful and terribly fragile.

Fisher is always good, but this is the first time we've seen him commit to something wild enough that he reaches that charmed place where you forget you're seeing a performance. Breaking the Code comes to a beautiful kind of peace with itself without resorting to any kind of cop-out that softens the blow. It's a delicate and heartbreaking eulogy about the unfairness of the world.

- Adam Brinlklow – Edgeonthenet.com

 



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