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Review for San Francisco Mime Troupe, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

San Francisco Mime Troupe: not mimes. Definitely a theater troupe. And spreading the best of San Francisco arts and politics to the rest of the state and the country. I've been coming to their shows for 30 years and love their form of musical comedy / commedia dell'arte / political parable. They're brave enough to take on topics that most other popular entertainment ignores, and creative enough to make it enjoyable and inspiring. I count on the SFMT to point out when the emperor has no clothes, to show the systemic causes of contemporary problems, and to inspire the audience with examples of how we can, together, make things right.

How many other arts groups can do this AND give so many free shows in public parks? SFMT deserves our support. They are a San Francisco treasure that the world should embrace.

(From someone who, as a young punk in the early 1980s, stumbled upon the SFMT's classic "Factwino" performance in a public park and has been following them ever since. My hair is graying but SFMT is as fresh as ever.)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Nobody tells it as honestly and creatively as the SFMT, which is why I've brought friends, family, and new generations of audience members to their performances through the years.

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

Give them a MacArther grant. Give them a big bundle of money, so they're not always on edge about funding.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I attended nearly every annual production of the SFMT since the early 1980s.