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Mime Troup’s musical mirrors current affairs

The last of two performances for San Francisco Mime Troupe’s “Showdown at Crawford Gulch,” is tonight at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

The new musical, set in 1886 Crawford Gulch, Texas, shows how xenophobia, greed and bloodthirsty terror were used to “tame” another desert land and how those same tools apply today.

In “Showdown at Crawford Gulch,” peace-loving citizens hear the sound of distant Comanche drums signifying danger. Bloodthirsty savages are on the warpath, and this innocent, isolated island of civilization is threatened with annihilation!



Or that’s what robber baron Cyrus T. Bogspavin wants residents to believe. Owning most of the county, he wants to add the town of Crawford Gulch and the nearby Comanche tribal lands to his assets. Once the Comanche have been pacified out of existence, Bogspavin will make a generous offer for their worthless patch of prairie. Why does Bogspavin want this isolated land? Could some valuable material be underneath?

Back at Crawford Gulch, Mayor Canem is the only protection the citizens have from the savage hordes. There was some disagreement when he was elected, but that became insignificant once Canem alerted the citizens to the Comanche threat. Since then, no one has questioned Canem’s legitimacy. Residents even welcomed Canem’s new “Home Range Security” program.




But now things are not working out exactly as the mayor and Bogspavin had planned. The townspeople are complaining: Is all this security necessary?

The San Francisco Mime Troupe won its first OBIE Award in 1968 followed by two more OBIEs, a Tony Award for Excellence in regional theater, the Bay Area Media Alliance’s Golden Gadfly Award for Lifetime Achievement and numerous Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards.

“Showdown at Crawford Gulch” musicians begin performing at 7 tonight and the show starts a half hour later.

The Center for the Arts is at 314 W. Main St.

Admission is $15. Tickets are at Love Shack Records, Yabobo, BriarPatch or The Book Seller and online at (800) 594-8499.

Call 274-8384 for more information.


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