Don’t be afraid: How to view Taylor Mac’s epic ’24-Decade History of Popular Music’

Taylor Mac's A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC (Little Fang)

Dying to see the show that the New York Times critic called “the greatest experience of my life” but feeling a little intimidated by the idea of going to a show that’s 24 hours long? We feel you.

Here is a guide to the Mac masterpiece, which is epic and immersive, but it’s not like going to Burning Man. You will survive. Here are four quick things you should know before you go to this musical American history. “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” will be partying hard Sept. 15-24 at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre. Call it hacks for Taylor Mac.

Taylor Mac’s A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC (Little Fang)

DURATION: The whole opus is 24 hours but Mac is divvying it up into four doable six-hour chapters for the San Francisco run. It’s not cheating, we promise. Indeed the bedazzled bard says it’s better if people have a chance to ponder in between binge watches. So you can devour all of it or just nibble on one slice of this outrageous American pie.

DRINKIES: If you can posse up five of your pals to come with you to one of the six-hour shows, you can down six libations on the house. Use promo code SIXPACK. Cheers.

BREAKDOWN: Here’s a cheat-sheet to the four distinct installations in this outrageous opus. Props to the SHN website for the blurbs.

“Chapter I (1776-1836) Sept. 15: The American Revolution from the perspective of the yankee doodle dandy, the early women’s lib movement, an epic battle between drinking songs and early temperance songs, a dream sequence where the audience is blindfolded and the heteronormative narrative as colonization.

Chapter II (1836-1896) Sept. 17: Walt Whitman and Stephen Foster go head to head for the title of Father of the American Song, culminating in the queerest Civil War Reenactment in history. Oh, and: a production of THE MIKADO set on Mars.

Chapter III (1896-1956) Sept. 22: A Jewish tenement, a WWI trench, a speakeasy, a depression, a zoot suit riot all make the white people flee the cities.

Chapter IV (1956-the present) Sept. 24: Bayard Rustin’s March on Washington leads to a queer riot, sexual deviance as revolution, radical lesbians, and a community building itself while under siege.”

DEETS: There is no intermission, so feel free to take a potty break or just chill out in the lobby with a libation whenever you feel the need. It’s an intense show (blindfolds are involved)

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle

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