Recently, my wife Jane and I joined Julie Durbin and Ed Lopez at a performance of a circus–themed extravaganza called Dear San Francisco. This acrobatic love letter to our neighbor across the Golden Gate is being presented at the legendary Club Fugazi in North Beach. The beautiful bandbox of a theatre was built in 1913 and is most famous for hosting Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest running musical revue.
Created by Bay Area natives and modern circus collective The 7 Fingers, Dear San Francisco pays homage to the stunning beauty, storied characters, and astounding resilience of the City by the Bay. The contemporary company tells stories using acrobatics, dance, songs and poetry that leaves audiences laughing, gasping in amazement, and applauding at every turn. From the Gold Rush and 1906 earthquake, to beat poetry and the mysterious fog, San Francisco comes to life through a series of tableaus performed by an international cast of world–class performers across a variety of disciplines including hoop diving, Chinese pole, Korean plank, hand-balancing, juggling, and unicycle virtuosity.
Performances are scheduled at least through March. Find out more and purchase tickets on the Club Fugazi website.