San Francisco Chronicle
Theatre Rhinoceros and Word for Word have revealed the table of contents for the previously announced first-ever collaboration between the nation's oldest continually operating, proudly queer theater company and the innovative troupe that stages short stories with every word intact, the final show in the Rhino's current season. Called "Three on a Party," and opening May 16 (previews begin May 13), the program will consist of Gertrude Stein's "Miss Furr and Miss Skeene," Tennessee Williams' "Two on a Party" and "Suddenly Home" by Armistead Maupin.
The stories will be presented Word style, meaning the performers will enact every word of the text, with Word's Delia MacDougall directing Stein's story and Rhino Artistic Director John Fisher doing the honors for Williams and Maupin. Fisher will also conduct an onstage conversation with Maupin following the May 17 performance and there will be a post show discussion with Stein expert Hans Gallas on May 22.
As for the mysterious "new work" by Fisher planned for the season's penultimate slot, the playwright-director has announced that it will be a workshop production of "A Necessary Evil," a play he's developing about the current state of domestic relations in a time of shifting legal definitions. "Evil" will have an abbreviated run, April 16-26. Tickets for both shows ($15-$40; or $30-$50 for "An Evening With Armistead Maupin") at (415) 861-5079 or www.therhino.org. - Robert Hurwitt