Far From Home for the Holidays

Midwest momma Molly Dardy pours herself a glass of white wine and starts plotting her evening. An empty-nester with empty hours to fill, Molly persuades a distant daughter to introduce her to video chatting. The picture soon expands to include another faraway daughter and, in due time, Molly’s husband, Hardy. You haven’t entered The Twilight Zone but rather the world premiere of The Dardy Family Home Movies by Stephen Sondheim by Erin Markey, a hair-raising one-woman show. Markey laces her black-humored portrait of a Bay City, Michigan, family with videos of the clan and unexpected songs, keeping the plates spinning with panache and a dash of unhinged enthusiasm. Her creative use of moving images places this show among the more intriguing entries in the San Francisco Film Society’s ongoing Kinotek series of hybrid performances, even if our town seems pretty far afield for the Brooklyn homegirl to debut this work. Then again, the logic of bringing Bay City to the city by the bay is inescapable.
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 2. Continues through Dec. 11, 2011

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