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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Rejects 2018 Grant Application for Tony & Obie Award-Winning SF MIME TROUPE

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The Mime Troupe is an ensemble theater, the artistic director is the Collective.


"The show is high--energy and often hilarious while also serving as a sobering depiction of how entire segments of the population can be automatically seen as a threat because of the color of their skin in this supposedly "post-racial" society."
Marin IJ - 7/8/15

"Once again, the San Francisco Mime Troupe has produced an action-initiating play that deserves to be seen far and wide this very summer."
Talkin' Broadway - July 2015

"The production should break under the weight of its content aspirations, but playwright Sullivan and director Snow keep the pathos on simmer until the end. The laughs, served in a steady flow, are justly earned and make it almost too easily bearable to consider the tragic situation on display." - 7/8/15

"Bravura performance." "Brilliant." "Freedomland stands out as one of the most thoughtful and sobering (of the Troupe's productions.) It is fraught with emotion and analysis. Call it, for want of a better phrase, a "musical tragedy," fueled with a polemicist's intensity, a Shakespearean reach, and a doo-wop dollop of tuneful songs. Freedomland rises to an important new level of radical criticism." - 7/19/15


"MIME TROUPE NAILS IT!... a rousing success that perfectly captured the city's current zeitgeist and growing pains... Brava!"
SF Bay Guardian - 7/9/14-7/15/14

"(Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker) ... is a brilliant work, combining tragedy and humor to make a very pointed argument for thinking outside the box on the state of Labor and jobs today."
Huffington Post 9/6/10

"'Posibilidad' was incredibly funny ... and just as willing to skewer the left ... as it is to question the assumptions about the economic basis of modern life."
Stark Insider 8/8/10

"the play's ambition is as impressive as its range"
SF Chronicle 7/6/10

"pointed and funny"
San Francisco Examiner 7/7/10

"...a lot of fun...the audience has a great time"
Marin Independent Journal 7/7/10

"The Troupe's penchant for relentlessly and artistically questioning the status quo draws North Bay audiences year after year."
North Bay Bohemian 7/7/10
"The San Francisco Mime Troupe is the conscience of the city, out proudest export, and -as it celebrates its 50th year- perhaps our most enduring sociopolitical institution"
SF Bay Guardian/Best of the Bay (2009)

"(The Mime Troupe's) free summer shows in the park . . still come geared to immediate concerns and evince a commitment to advancing a populist mission of of social change. Generally speaking, and to this end, they are also slickly performed and very funny." American Theatre, September 2009

"Anyone concerned about the state of global politics-- and about the state of political humor -- should listen to the Mime troupe's message."
The New York Times

"Red State is ideal election year fare- sharp, funny, with just enough bite."
SF Examiner (2008, Red State)

"...have the famed company declared California's official state theater. Who else?"
San Diego Union

"The San Francisco Mime Troupe is America's oldest and finest street theater... more professional than most of our presumably professional companies."
The New York Post

"You're never only watching a political theater piece, but rather a double barreled re-invention of politics and theater at once."
The Boston Globe

"Energized by the resurgent right...the inexhaustible purveyors of agit-prop musical comedy have responded with their sharpest, funniest and most exhilarating show in years."
The San Francisco Chronicle (2001, 1600 Transylvania Avenue)

"What makes political theater work? Passion, anger and humor"
Albuquerque Journal

"'Eating It' is nutritious entertainment -- timely, funny, provocative, sharply staged and beautifully performed. It just goes to show the continual wonders of splicing hot political issues with the unique skills of the San Francisco Mime Troupe."
San Francisco Examiner (2000, Eating It)

"When you hear people say theater is dying -- tell them about the San Francisco Mime Troupe."
The Ohio Plain Dealer

"Politics is not the only reason to see the Mime Troupe. Those who enjoy theater, farce, Monty Python, musical comedy or even urban politics will enjoy the show."
News-Leader, Florida (2000, City for Sale)

"Mime Troupe puts on its best show in years...the Mime Troupe has come up with some canny and mordant takes on San Francisco's gleaming gentrification."
The San Francisco Chronicle (1999, City for Sale)

Schedule - Come See Us!

  • 22nd Annual Youth Theater Project
    Troupe Studio
    Fri, Apr 6th @ 7:00 PM
    Sat, Apr 7th @ 2:00 PM
    855 Treat Ave, San Francisco map to855 Treat Ave
    Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
    Street parking only, come early!
  • Young CA Writers Project
    Troupe Studio
    Fri, Apr 13th @ 7:00 PM
    855 Treat Ave, San Francisco map to855 Treat Ave
    Ticket Info: FREE (donation)
    Street parking only, come early!

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