When: Fridays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 18 2014
Marga Gomez is back in the East Bay and better than ever. In Lovebirds, her tenth solo show, now playing at The Marsh Berkeley (2120 Allston Way), Gomez takes us on a trip (sometimes literally) through the interwoven love lives of a quirky, motley crew of characters in New York’s Greenwich Village during the swingin’ Seventies, with an eccentric photographer, Polaroid Phillie, guiding us. Phillie makes her living selling $10 “vintage” Polaroid photos to unsuspecting couples, doling out somber advice, and telling stories of couples she once knew. Lovebirds is short (seventy minutes with no intermission), thoughtful without being preachy, and an incisive look at the pursuit of love in all the wrong places. Gomez reminds us that the Seventies were a time when “the lesbians kept getting screwed, but not by each other,” via satirical observations, comical stereotypes of the “gay ladies discotheque,” and a cast of characters who are well-meaning but perhaps not the brightest folks when it comes to love (but then, who is?). Come to the show’s closing night October 18, and you and your lovebird might get to smooch in a constructed “make-out box” in the Marsh’s lounge.