Podcast Review: The Grimaldis Are Dead

Rachel Golden

The Grimaldis Are Dead, a co-production by Dane Ballard productions and Circus Center San Francisco, is spectacular in theory. It combines circus, magic, improv, and musical theater, backed up by a live band and filmed projections; it follows generations of a family who were all in showbiz and all died ghastly deaths; and it takes place in a new and unconventional venue, Firehouse 8.

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Whether the show succeeds in practice, however, is a different story. SF Weekly theater critics Lily Janiak and Benjamin Wachs discuss how impressive talent, exciting source material, and good intentions failed to deliver in a podcast produced by Benjamin Wachs. Listen below.

The Grimaldis Are Dead continues through Nov. 4 at Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific (at Polk), S.F. Admission is $75.

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Firehouse 8

1648 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA

Category: General

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I just saw "The Grimaldi's a musical ghost story" last Saturday and it was amazing.  The acrobats had me sitting on the edge of my seat.  I loved how the characters inter-mingled with the audience.  The songs were great and the storyline touched me emotionally.  This was like "Tiatro Zinzanni's" in Seattle but on a smaller budget.  But it felt more intimate. I would like to see it go on tour so that other people in other states would have a chance to experience it.  DEFINITELY A ''MUST SEE''

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