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Tales of the City

June 14, 2011
Kirsty Gumina

The many, colorful tales of one beloved city starred as a heartfelt love letter to San Francisco Wednesday during the opening-night gala and world premiere of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” at the American Conservatory Theater.

“This is like an Armistead story come to life,” observed composer Jake Hagge, with all joking aside. “It’s the kind of parties he used to write about and make fun of!” Inside joke or not, the gala’s unbridled merriment was shared by all. Which also raised a hefty $950K in support of ACT’s education programs. And was deeply appreciated by those who labored on this work of love.

Cocktails and canapés were served beneath a clear Classic Party Rentals tent tricked-out by designer Stanlee Gatti with swags of theatrical purple curtains framing red and purple linen-draped tables atop which was served a masterful McCall Associates, ’70s-era inspired meal: Crab Louis salad with Green Goddess dressing, filet mignon with potatoes Diana, and a nostalgic slice of McCall’s to-die-for version of the old Blum’s Coffee Crunch cake.

“Now this is what we call a San Francisco treat,” enthused ACT Board President Rusty Rueff, prior to the post-dinner presentation. “Tonight is an historic celebration, adapted from Armistead’s ‘Tales,’ of this magical place we call home.”

Photo: Marc Schauer (left) and his wife, actor Laura Linney, Armistead Maupin, Carey Perloff and Maupin’s husband, Christopher Turner

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