Like a good card trick, you don’t see the surprise coming. If the magician is skilled enough, you’ll lose your money and maybe a little pride but perhaps be the wiser the next time someone asks you to throw down some cash on three-card Monte.
Which is quite the different from Paul Nathan’s Devil in the Deck which will be playing for a brief run at the soon to be closed Climate Theater next week. Yes, there is sleight of hand and yes, it will cost you a little money, but in the end you’ll not only feel better for having played, but will want to see this show again and again.
When: June 3rd, 4th, & 5th 8pm
Where: The Climate TheaterThe Climate Theater, 9th and Folsom
Tickets: $25 $25
The story revolves around the adventures of a world-traveling hustler, Jack Swindle, and his beautiful girlfriend and fellow hustler as they cheat, steal, and fall in love. But, with all great stories as with all great card tricks, there is much more than meets the eye. Each flip of the card and turn of the plot weaves a web of fathers and sons, bullfighting, and of course, card trickery. (Yes, he does show how it’s done, but don’t blink.)
Mr. Nathan’s masterful story-telling is accompanied by the hauntingly atmospheric guitar playing of John Anaya, who adds the perfect amount of bristling camaraderie to keep the production light and engaging.
If you haven’t seen this production yet (it’s had many runs to sold-out houses throughout the years), you might want to get tickets now before they … wait for it … disappear.
Full disclosure, I am working as a technician on this production. But I offered my services mainly so I could have the chance to see this show repeatedly.