SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE

Rating: 4.94 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 855 Treat Ave San Francisco CA 94110 USA

Mission: The San Francisco Mime Troupe creates and produces socially relevant theater of the highest professional quality and performs it before the broadest possible audience. We do plays that make sense out of the headlines by identifying the forces that shape our lives and dramatizing the operation of these giant forces in small, close-up stories that make our audiences feel the impact of political events on personal life. To make this work accessible the Mime Troupe performs its shows in local parks at a price everyone can afford: FREE.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Th SF Mime Troupe: I first attended a performance in the 1960's, in a downtown building basement. Bill Graham did their publicity then, I think. I was a devoted fan until I left for l.A. and stayed in SoCAL for 17 years. However, upon my return in 1983 I have managed to attend nearly all performances, minus a couple when I was in poor health or hospitalized. I just love the Mime Troupe. and enjoy bringing friends who've never seen it to get caught up in the atmosphere and the talent. Nowhere is there anything at all like this in theater. The satire on political and civic endeavors are always perfect pointed.. The cast is enormously talented, taking several roles, and sometimes I cannot figure who is playing which role. The music is lively and catchy. Most of all the audience is "as one" at these events. People are in tune and "chiiing out", as a crowd united in joy and appreciation for a viewpoint held by all.this theater group must NEVER close. Its point of view is essential to public sanity, the unique arena to laugh at what is truly quite tragic and dispiriting in
our culture. Claire Isaacs Wahrhaftig Dec. 31, 2013

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Just get the best actors and musicians. Do not employ subject matter which is remote from your audience (I.e. labor problems in South America). Keep the action timely. Watch those headlines, and letters to editors )Maybe, have children (with watchful adults) solicit donations as they are hard to resist. and start asking people as they enter the audience area. Do not wait until he end of the performance. People are often in a hurry to leave. and performance outdoors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is the best theatre in San Francisco and anywhere else for that matter. I have been to many shows over the years, beginning in 1978 when my now 34 year old nephew sat in a stroller beside me as a pre-one year old and enjoyed the sounds and sights of theatre in Dolores Park. Continued success, Mime Troupe!

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2011

Rating: 5 stars  

The chemistry that a troupe has onstage is so important, and it cannot be feigned. These singers/dancers/actors are having fun together!! The writing was AAA+, the timing couldn't have been edited to be any tighter, the whole show simply ROCKED! Go out of your way to catch it...you will be glad you did...

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2010 The Musical

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Rating: 5 stars  

AS A YOUNG CHILD WHOSE UNCLE AND AUNT WHERE PART OF SFMT.

I TRAVELED WITH THE TROUPE IN A OLD MAIL TRUCK FROM PARK TO PARK. I LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT TRUTH AND JUSTICE AND FAIR PLAY.
I ALSO LEARNED ABOUT RACISM AND EQUALITY . I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AS A CHILD . WHAT A BLESSING. THANK YOU SFMT JOHN HOLDEN

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MOVING THE WHOLE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO TO THE FOREFRONT OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

We saw our first Mime Troupe show, “City for Sale”, in Boston in 2000 when the Troupe was on an East Coast tour. It is impressive that the Troupe presents not only a quality theatre experience but also that the script & music are original. The Troupe is a talented group of writers, musicians and actors who have blended their skills and who collectively turn out a superbly entertaining, yet highly relevant play each season. Their plays have a message which makes you think long after the show is over. We would love to see the Troupe tour the East Coast again, but until then we will continue going to San Francisco as often as we can to catch a performance.

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I've personally experienced the Troupe by seeing "City For Sale" in 2000, "Making A Killing" 2007, "Too Big To Fail" 2009 and "Posibilidad" 2010.

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Like to see them tour nationally!

Rating: 5 stars  

I first saw the SF Mime Troupe in the early 90s, when I had just moved to San Francisco. I had grown up being involved in theater communities on the East Coast and in Europe, but I had never seen anything quite like this particular blend of entertainment, education, and activism. Over the years I have seen the Mime Troupe perform in SF and Oakland, and each time I have been blown away by the Troupe's willingness to pull out all the stops in order to tell a story. Their comic timing, originality and overall energy are simply outstanding. Why can't they be on the 6 o'clock news? We might have a more educated (and happier) citizenry...

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Being a member of the audience.

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Have them play more shows!

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a fan of the San Francisco Mime Troupe for almost 50 years. Their plays are always on target. They meet contemporary political challenges with humor and song, and never fail to educate and entertain. They're the best.

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Richmond, San Francisco, Berkeley, and Marin County

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Have more activity throughout the year.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Mime Troupe is world-class, but maintains vigorous grass-roots connections to "the people," wherever they travel - from Dolores Park, to Santa Rosa, to Iowa City and faaaarrr beyond, around the world. A "must know" for anyone interested in the history of political theatre, they are also a "must see" for all ages, ethnicities, etc. We look forward to their new show each summer; it's the best way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend in SF ! - or - will be sure to see the show later, "on the road." Reasons to see: Best values (ethics, politics, collaboration); Best performances and directing (passionate, talented, energized); Best writing about today's issues (clever, meaningful, funny but packs a punch); Most clever sets, costumes, props; Most engaging LIVE music; FREE (be sure to make donation) and FUN - All while learning what's currently important to be thinking and talking about ! The Mime Troupers are a Bay Area and USA TREASURE.

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I always use them as examples in my teaching and encourage everyone I know to see their shows. Audiences are thoroughly entertained, but also really empowered to discuss important current US / world issues after seeing their shows.

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Give them enough money to keep doing what they do so well, without having to worry about the costs, and with artists also being paid proper living wages !

Rating: 5 stars  

The San Francisco Mime Troupe has been developing and performing cutting edge and even edgy stories for us to reflect on, enjoy and use for our spiritual energy against the limited view of the Powers-That-Be for decade upon decade. They deserve all the support we can muster and all the encouragement possible to continue giving us food for thought mixed with humor, drama, theatrics and also great music!!

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My daily life - inspiring.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more money so they can do more shows!

Rating: 5 stars  

There are not many performing artists who can bring to our attention a message about the world's travails and make it dance and sing like our very own San Francisco Mime Troupe ! An eclectic collective who still holds that art and politics, as well as joy, music and laughter, are essential ingredients for the well-being of a community, especially our multi-ethnic and varied community of San Francisco. The work they have done over these 5 decades has touched so many people, of all ages, from our city and all over the world. They are a unique treasure, as what they offer does not simply entertain but informs and often calls us out of our lethargy to act, to sign petitions and to become more involved! They are an exceptional group that I had the great honor and pleasure of working with for way too brief a time! I wish them all the best in the New Year and beyond, they deserve all of the awards and honors our fair city can bestow as well as the recognition of their tremendous and unique contribution to the on-going cultural enhancement of San Francisco!

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I first came in contact with the Troupe in the early 70s when our company, the Bread and Puppet Theater from the East Coast, did a joint project with them. I have been to dozens of their shows in the parks throughout the years and was their company manager in the late 90s. They also work in schools and with young people in the various ethnic communities of the city creating shows about important issues of our times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open up the rehearsal space to the local community, do more improv or mask-making or other workshops with the youth in the community. Teach this very specific art form in local cultural venues and universities.

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