Theater & Performing Arts

POSIBILIDAD, or Death of the Worker

When: Sat., July 3, 1:30 p.m., Sun., July 4, 1:30 p.m., Mon., July 5, 1:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m., Tue., Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m. and Wed., Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. 2010

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is nothing if not ambitious -- and perhaps a little impetuous. For 51 years, the small theater collective has worked to overthrow our capitalist economic system, using spoof and satire as its ammo. And while it has yet to reach that far-fetched political goal, the troupe has produced some terrific plays in the process. This year's Posibilidad, or Death of the Workerprovides a classic parable about factory workers taking over the evil manufacturing plant Peace Weavers, which is actually a subsidiary of a large hemp-ware conglomerate. The action occurs both in the US and in a similar Argentine textile mill located in the small pueblo of Posibilidad. Characters switch from English to Spanish, which helps make the story more interesting even if it demands a lot from audience members. Michael Gene Sullivan wrote the play and stars as Joe, the union leader who falls prey to his own hubris. He's upstaged by RotimiAgbabiaka, who plays the profligate, sensitive-skinned, New-Agey honcho at Peace Weavers. It all hangs together nicely, complete with Tango dance numbers, faux telenovelas, and a little romance. Through September 19 at various Bay Area venues. SFMT.org

Rachel Swan

Price: Free

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