Thursday, July 7, 2011
Tales of The City in San Francisco
I came to San Francisco in the early 1970s. So did writer Armistead Maupin.
In 1976, he was writing for the San Francisco Chronicle and began a series of columns on San Francisco life called "Tales of the City."
I, and all of my friends were regular readers/followers of his columns...it didn't matter if we were gay or straight; we lived here and in one way or another, we related to the experiences and adventures of his characters, all of whom were modeled after Maupin's life in San Francisco.
Two years or so later, "Tales of the City" was compiled into a book. There were sequels to the book as well. And, "Tales" was a television series as well, I think on PBS.
And now, "Tales" is being performed as a play by San Francisco's ACT (American Conservatory Theater).
Harriet and I went to see it yesterday, and it is WONDERFUL and, for us, nostalgic too. I am sure it will move on to New York and who knows where else. But, for now, San Francisco is the only place to see it. It is three hours long and what an amazing three hours this it.
We went to a matinee and afterwards, had an early dinner at the nearby Daily Grill, one of my favorites for reasonably-priced meals in downtown San Francisco...we both had the Chicken Pot Pie, after sharing a Caesar Salad. And, yes, we both ate just about all of our pies!!!
A perfect afternoon for good, longtime friends.