Frannie Potts is the last person you want in the seat next to you on a long flight. Twitchy, judgmental, and prone to reenacting masturbatory fantasies, she'll make you long for an Ambien and a fifth of whisky - until you actually start listening to her.
Ann Randolph’s solo show about compulsive oddball Frannie is hilarious, irreverent, and lauded by just about everyone. SF Bay Guardian calls it “riotously demented and brilliantly humane.” SF Bay Times says, “Ann Randolph is a comic genius.” The list of raves goes on. And the woman knows her comedy - she co-starred with Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri in LA’s Groundlings and Mel Brooks compared her to the late, great Gilda Radner.
Flying home after the death of her mother, Frannie is surrounded by strangers on one of the most painful journeys of her life. A circumstance she manages by insulting people who want to help, writing wildly inappropriate notes to the pilot, and climbing over people to dance in the aisle. Loudly voicing her (unfavorable) opinions about people who toss Twix wrappers on the ground in national parks and nursing homes that decide Mozart’s Requiem Mass is a good choice for hold music, Randolph reveals our shared prejudices and shared pain - and makes it desperately funny.
Through February 26. The Marsh, 1062 Valencia St. Tickets are $20-50$ at (800) 838-3006 or www.themarsh.org.