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“People Show 121: The Detective Show”—the UK’s longest-running alternative theater company makes its first Bay Area appearances since 1989, at San Francisco’s Southside Theater through October 5, 2013

Gareth Brierley (left) and Mark Long (right) in “People Show 121: The Detective Show,” at Fort Mason’s Southside Theatre through October 5, 2013.  An interrogator grills a murder suspect, whose memory is limited to just three items: he's a compulsive gambler, he's in love with an Agatha Christie expert, and he may just be a fictional character in a detective story. Photo: Rob Kennedy, courtesy The People Show.

Gareth Brierley (left) and Mark Long (right) in “People Show 121: The Detective Show,” at Fort Mason’s Southside Theatre through October 5, 2013. Photo: Rob Kennedy, courtesy The People Show.

Someone’s been murdered. But there’s no body, no weapon, and no motive.  An interrogator grills the suspect, whose memory is limited to just three items: he’s a compulsive gambler, he’s in love with an Agatha Christie expert, and he may just be a fictional character in a detective story.

People Show England’s longest-running alternative theater company, makes its only U.S. appearance in the Bay Area — and its first since 1989 — with its award-winning 121st show, a murder mystery called  People Show 121: The Detective Show.   This clever and quick-paced Agatha Christie-like mystery involves three main actors, all hiding something—Gareth Brierley, Mark Long, and Fiona Creese—who transition into several characters by exchanging various hats and coats.  The naturally hilarious Gareth Brierley serves as the rambling narrator and the main suspect in this whodunit.  Clues and plot twists are doled out in equal proportion.   The intimacy of the Southside Theater at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center makes it feel like the troupe is extending you a personal invitation to pit your wits against theirs to solve the case.

Sam Shepard, Bill Nighy, and generations of UK theater fans agree: the world of alternative theater would be quite different without People Show, the troupe founded in 1966 and now the longest-running alternative theater company in Britain.  Shepard says, “Theatre without the People Show would be like music without rock ‘n’ roll.”

Free Wine:  The People Show engagement is being produced by Lost Hog Productions, led by Tony Cartlidge of Cartlidge and Browne Winery of St. Helena. Cartlidge, a native of the UK, is a lifelong friend of Mark Long of People Show. Show tickets include unlimited wine at the event.

People Show 121: The Detective Show won the 2012 Herald Archangel Award in Edinburgh.

 

Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Details:  People Show 121: The Detective Show is at Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.  Remaining Performances: Thursday, October 3 at 8 PM and -Saturday, October 5 at 8 PM. Tickets: $39, general seating includes unlimited wine http://peopleshowusa.com/tickets/

 

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