Julie Katz's "Grey Matter" had us snorting and sniveling with laughter. There are only a dozen more shows before she takes off for the NY Fringe Festival, so I'll keep this short: GO SEE GREY MATTER -- but only if, like everyone else in America, you find corporate-speak hilarious as well as undecipherable. Katz takes us on an angst-filled romp through the brains of the characters who work on many different floors for The Company, until they get fired and go to work for The Corporation. We particularly loved the announcement lady, whose core value is Feel the Spirit and whose Fun Fact is she's never had soda. We wish somebody would change the paper towels in the lunch room. We hope the Assistant VP of Happiness and Effectiveness has a nice life.
Though she looks like a teenager, Katz has had enough time on the planet to become an excellent physical comic, as well as an aphorism sponge. You'll laugh your head off, and when the show is over you'll need a dose of reality. Fortunately, you can get that right outside the door.
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The San Francisco Theater Blog Awards Division, each member of whom is a leader, because WE ARE ALL LEADERS (and, on a personal note, we feel the artisan hot chocolate machine should NOT be moved to the 103rd floor), awards "Grey Matter" Four Stars. We have no choice, because this column was leaked in advance and e-mailed to 13,000 subscribers and the Chronicle.
Julie Katz: "Grey Matter"
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