For whom the Bridge Tolls
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Herman Privette

For Whom the Bridge Tolls is back in Marin County. No itís not the winner of a bad Hemingway writing contest. Itís a musical comedy that satirizes many aspects of Bay Area life. It all began 10 years ago with a long run in Marin. Then it moved to San Francisco with many new skits and songs including a spoof of the two Brown mayors Ė Jerry of Oakland and Willie of San Francisco.

The creators of this high-energy comedy are Marin residents Rita Abrams and Stan Sinberg. Abrams composed the hit song Mill Valley, Thatís My Home and is the author of the musical revues New Wrinkles and Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Sinberg is the humor columnist for the Pacific Sun and has also written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Mad Magazine.

This latest version of the show, at Giorgioís Ristorante at 300 Drakes Landing Road in Greenbrae, has mostly new material including a piece on Californiaís new governator and how Arnold plans to feed the homeless by bussing them to Costco to eat free snacks. There are also many Marin County essentials like biking on Mt. Tam (Tam-Sportation Boogie) and shopping at Nordstromís (Clothes Encounter and Nordy but Nice). But the best songs and skits from the original are preserved, including Available Man, Marin Liviní, The Deli Song and the hilarious I Have a Gene sermon given by a famous San Francisco reverend which irreverently answers all womenís questions about why their men behave the way they do.

Conveniently located in Greenbrae with plenty of free parking right next to the restaurant, For Whom the Bridge Tolls provides a one-stop night out with good food and fun entertainment. Tickets, which include dinner, tax, gratuities and the show, are $65. There are also a limited number of show only tickets for $30. For reservations call (415) 925-0808, and if you havenít been to Giorgioís before, ask for directions.

This is a high-energy cast with great voices and they really put their ďallĒ into every performance.

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