1994 - 2006 by Rita Abrams and Stan Sinberg
During its ten years of productions, including one at San Francisco's eminent Plush Room, this show has won 2 Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards (Outstanding New Musical, and Best Original Score) and garnered more than 40 rave reviews ~ including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, KGO Radio, KCBS Radio, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Pacific Sun, Marin Independent Journal, and more.
This topical satirical revue lampoons life in the Bay Area --or wherever the show plays--targeting topics like local politics, unavailable men, too many shopping choices, and Dr. Phil trying to fix Jackie Gleason's (The Honeymooners) marriage. A modular revue punctuated by up-to-the-minute News Briefs, this show has a flexible small cast size, and can be adapted to play anytime, anywhere. Its best audiences are from young adults to older, who like fast-paced comedy with a little edge, melody, and rhythm.
"DELI-cate Topic" (7.5MB)
"For Whom the Bridge Tolls" (17.1 MB) (demo)
"Endorphin-Drenched! You’ll love it!"
- Marin I.J.
"Crossing this bridge is an entertaining journey."
- The San Francisco Examiner
"Chuckles galore from rising 'Bridge Tolls'"
- The Oakland Tribune
"Fast, furious, and funny. It tolls for thee!"
- Bay Area Reporter
"It must have been like spontaneous combustion when Rita Abrams and Stan Sinberg put their heads together to cook up For Whom the Bridge Tolls"
- The Pacific Sun
Cast Size: 2 men, 2 women (may be expanded to 3 men, 2 women)
Approximate Running Time: 1.5 hours, without intermission
Rating: General audiences
Genre: Topical Satirical Musical Comedy Revue
Music, Lyrics, & Some Sketches ~ Rita Abrams
Sketches and Some Lyrics ~ Stan Sinberg
The show Drama-logue Magazine called "a sprightly, ebullient little revue about life in Marin County" was originally created by Rita Abrams and Stan Sinberg in 1994, and played all over the San Francisco Bay Area. It also played to numerous corporate audiences (See Corporate Custom).
In fact, Bridge Tolls would still be running, if its creators weren't so busy -- at least for now. But the truth is ~ tempt them with a venue, and they'll be back writing News Briefs in a heartbeat.
These days, Stan Sinberg travels the world while writing for MAD Magazine, Esquire, Playboy, and Weekly World News (for which he has written such stories as "Donald Rumsfeld Changes His Name to Rumsfeldstiltskin" and Tells Rogue Nations 'Guess My New Name or We'll Invade You'").
Wherever Stan alights, he teaches travel writing, biding his time until the next incarnation of For Whom the Bridge Tolls. For information about Stan's other talents, visit him at www.stansinberg.com.
As for Rita, she says none of her honors. awards, or experience could have prepared her for the agonizing adventures of her collaboration with Stan Sinberg. She likens it to a bad marriage producing a good child (the show). But now that the writing has ceased, she counts Stan among her best friends--and funniest co-writers. She also notes that the number of their quarrels over the life of For Whom the Bridge Tolls almost equals the number of rave reviews--over 40!
Rating: If strong language in the script is considered objectionable, the authors give their permission to substitute language. However that may affect the overall production value of the play.
Keywords: Humor, social, political satire, Marin County, dating
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