When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 5 2009
More than a decade after unleashing San Jose Follies onto the world, playwright John Bisceglie turned his attention to a much more folly-ridden city across the Bay. His new San Francisco Follies delivers a fast-paced, scatological, fairly comprehensive history of San Francisco, in musical revue form. Bisceglie starts with Father Serra and ends with the housing market collapse, reenacting all the eras in between with lively song and dance numbers, most of them poached from 1970s disco. The singing usually hits and the jokes are hit-or-miss. But the best part, by far, is the costume design, which Bisceglie also directed. With feathers, bustles, sequins, rhinestones, and outfits originally sculpted from foam or felt, Follies dizzyingly recaps one hundred years of fashion in San Francisco. (I say one hundred years because the Ohlone tribe members look like flappers.) It's light on substantive content, but aesthetically stunning.