Getting It On

Is Sexual Perversity still relevant?

Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Ken Friedman
Sexual Perversity in Chicago.


Through Feb. 5

Tickets are $16-76


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Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), S.F.

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"The play's triumph may be its ability to transcend its historical moment of bellbottoms and one-night stands and reveal a bitter truth: that intimate relationships are minefields of buried fears and misunderstandings," wrote Jessica Werner (a contributing editor to ACT's "Words on Plays" booklet series) in an essay accompanying the production. The strength of Perversity's archetypes, its gutter-wallowing language, and the muscular rhythms of Mamet's scenes seem to act as a smokescreen for one unassailable fact -- the play no more transcends its time and place than an episode of Happy Days. It's time to revise this piece's position in the cultural cannon. Perhaps Brokeback Mountain, a classic in the making, can take its place.

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