No charades here

The Mallory Cocktail- ask her what’s in it!

Thank you so much to Mallory and Tom and Tiana for inviting us the SF Mime Troupe 4th of July this year. We had no idea what we were in for except that we knew we usually had a blast with these guys and they usually have some great food. What could be more fun then sitting on a blanket at Dolores Park in the sunshine? It was funny though, because as we were at New Leaf getting our picnic supplies, Ander and I both admitted to ourselves that we hated mime, and we were nervous about being stuck in a crowd of people and not being able to escape! Oh well, we thought, just go for it, stretch our comfort zone.

Well, it was a blast! And we found out that the SF Mime Troupe were not at all silent about their message. They were right on target concerning the political state of the nation. Ander thought the music was great and the play well written – and that’s a lot coming from him! It was funny to hear him singing the songs the next day.

Music, humor, and satire were very effective ways to convey some deep and important issues about our economy, lack of citizen support, and our ineffective government. What I really appreciated was in the end the message was not about supporting a particular candidate, but that citizens must stand up for their rights no matter who is in power.

Some background on this group from their site:

The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not do pantomime. We mean ‘mime’ in the ancient sense: to mimic. We are satirists, seeking to make you laugh at the absurdities of contemporary life and at the same time, see their causes. We’ve done shows about most of the burning issues of our time, generally shows that debunked the official story. We perform everywhere from public parks to palaces of culture, aiming to reach the broadest possible audience.

Here is a synopsis of their performance:

A COLORFUL ELECTION YEAR SATIRE

What if a small town found itself at the forefront of a political fight? It’s Election Day in small town America, and that’s what happens when, due to an Electoral College tie, the entire Presidential Election comes down to the one tiny town. Suddenly, the ignored, disregarded Bluebird, Kansas is the most important town in America. And they are being pressured to quickly cast the deciding vote, and vote the “right way.”

But what would happen if they decided to wait? Can one little town hold an entire nation’s election hostage? Should it? Is bread on the farm house dinner table tonight more important than deciding who sits at the Oval Office desk tomorrow? Yep, this election could take a while . . .

You can still catch the troupe this summer. The schedule for next week is:

7/16 Montclair Ball Field (Wed)
6300 Moraga Avenue, Montclair
Music 6:30pm, Show 7:00pm

7/19, 7/20 Cedar Rose Park (Sat & Sun)
1300 Rose Street, a block from Cedar & Chestnut, Berkeley

Check out the rest of the schedule by clicking here.

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