Fuzzy no more: life after Disneyland

Nov 03

Fuzzy no more: life after Disneyland

Last summer at Berkeley's Impact Theatre, Trevor Allen dusted off Working for the Mouse, his finely tuned one-man show about his years as Pluto, Mr. Smee, the Mad Hatter and others on the pavement at Disneyland.

I reviewed the show in June (read the review) and had a chance to interview Allen about the show as he prepared to re-open it at the EXIT Theatre. Read the feature in the San Francisco Chronicle here.

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Mouse tales live again

Jun 24

<i>Mouse</i> tales live again

About nine years ago, Trevor Allen lifted the veil on an operation so shrouded in secrecy and intrigue that the merest glimpse inside set people salivating. He revealed what it was actually like to be inside a costumed character in Disneyland. Oh, yes, This is deeply inside stuff. And sweaty. And hilarious. It's what you call a theatrical experience bursting with character. Allen's autobiographical solo show, Working for the Mouse, premiered at Berkeley's Impact Theatre in 2002 then transferred to San Francisco. Now Allen is reviving the show for Impact and his own Black Box Theatre at La Val's Subterranean.

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Trevor Allen takes a Roadtrip

Feb 04

There’s bad news aplenty in the world, so it’s always nice to discover some bright spots of good news, especially in the theater world. San Francisco playwright Trevor Allen, who had a sizable hit last fall with his adaptation of Frankenstein, received a walloping dose of good news the other day. PlayGround’s New Play Production Fund chose his play...

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It’s alive! Death and theater

Oct 26

Two extraordinary shows are lighting up Bay Area stages, and in each of them, the specter of death hovers in the shadows. In Trevor Allen’s intelligent, compassionate adaptation of Frankenstein at the Thick House, Victor Frankenstein defies death by creating life from dead parts and cowering from the unexpected results. Over at Intersection for the Arts,...

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Warm and fuzzy: `Working for the Mouse’ evolves

Apr 14

A man of character, Trevor Allen decided to put his character life behind him. Having detailed what it’s really like to work as a costumed character in Disneyland in his popular solo show Working for the Mouse, Allen made a conscious decision to focus on his burgeoning career as a playwright. Mouse, under the direction of Kent Nicholson, had a great run at...

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Animal sex and theater money

Jul 28

Is it hot in here or is it just the animals? Crowded Fire Theater Company is holding a fundraiser, and it’s of the hot and steamy variety. Sort of. Playwright Trevor Allen has been working on a play, Zoo Logic, about his experiences as an employee of the San Francisco Zoo. As part of his research, he interviewed Jane Tollini, a former Zoo employee who became...

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