2009: Too Big To Fail
Winter of 2010, Tour: SF & Ohio
|Written by Michael Gene Sullivan (Red State, Making A Killing, GodFellas)
Music & Lyrics by Pat Moran (Red State, Making a Killing, Doing Good)
Directed by Bay Area favorite and Mime Troupe Amlumnus Wilma Bonet
Too Big To Fail
TOO BIG TO FAIL featured Mime Troupe veterans Velina Brown, Ed Holmes,
Lisa Hori Garcia, Michael Gene Sullivan, as well as Adrian Mejia and Lizzie
Calogero - who appeared 2008's Red State, and BW Gonzalez (Seeing Double).
During the 2010 remount Gonzalaz's roles were performed by Wilma Bonet.
And band members Aharon Wheels Bolsta, James Mitchell & Pat Moran
View playbill, Winter of 2010
View the full company's bios
View show photos
View YouTube Clip
Poster Design: Spain Rodriguez
Velina Brown, Adrian Mejia
Honors, Reviews and Articles:Nominated - Best Original Script, 2009 - San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's Circle
Nominated - Best Musical Director, 2009 - San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's Circle
Nominated - Best Ensemble, 2009 - San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critic's Circle
"This year Mime Troupe day got a city government imprimatur (making it actually 'Mime Troupe Day' on official parchment somewhere) in a nod to the rabble-rousing satirical political theater troupe's 50th year raising hell and inciting revolution."
(Mime Troupe Day proclamation)
Bay Guardian - 7/15/09
"An unapologetically anti-capitalist comedy framed as an African folk tale...'Buying into capitalism is the working class' curse,' (and) it's hard to disagree with that premise, the way the Mime Troupe puts it in this hilarious musical."
SF Examiner - 7/8/09
"It's all as entertaining as it is didactic. Sullivan is disarmingly open about his intentions, but he also doesn't pretend to have all the answers. He's more intent on getting us to question the fundamentals of a system dependent on citizens 'living and dying in debt.'"
SF Chronicle - 7/7/09
"The writing is crisp, the storyline cohesive but just endearingly twisted enough to intrigue, the musical numbers peppy and hummable, the acting superb. And the direction has a sizzle... This is theater that cracks the whip a bit. More power to it."
"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
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