The FOGG Theatre's inaugural, original production, The Cable Car Nymphomaniac which SFist reviewed during its initial run in January is being remounted in a new space starting May 29. The initial run was brief and completely sold out, and now the company has relocated the production from the Mission to the larger Eureka Theater downtown (215 Jackson Street) for a one-month run with the same cast, set to close on June 28.
“We [were] so overwhelmed by the response to our January production,” says composer and lyricist Tony Asaro, who is also a co-founder of the fledgling company. “The show really touched people. It made them laugh, it made them think, and it made them want more."
The show, as you may recall, centers on the infamous tabloid tale of Gloria Sykes, a 23-year-old Midwestern girl who, after an accident aboard a San Francisco cable car, got a knock to the head that supposedly caused her to become a sex fiend. Sykes famously sued Muni over the incident, and won a $500,000 settlement.
Asaro's show uses as its protagonist Bryce, the neurotic wife of the lawyer hired to argue Sykes' case, who's facing her own struggles adjusting to the changing social mores of the early 1970s.
The FOGG Theatre has a mission to "create works of musical theatre that are relevant to Bay Area residents’ lives," and The Cable Car Nymphomaniac certainly succeeds in that. It's also a unique and compelling piece, musically, that fans of experimental musicals ought to check out. Tickets are on sale now, and performances will run Wednesday to Sunday for the month, with the first weekend's schedule beginning with 8 p.m. performances on May 29 and 30, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 31. Then there will be matinees on both Saturday and Sundays, with two performances on Saturdays.