Brilliant Bay Area art-rock collective The Residents have been entertaining us with various multimedia projects since 1972, under an elaborately-masked cloud of anonymity.
And now comes their latest trailblazing project — “Sam’s Enchanted Evening,” their debut theater stage show that they’ve been workshopping at The Marsh in Berkeley. The Thursday/Friday/Saturday production will continue through next Friday and Saturday, with no show on Thanksgiving, of course.
What is it, exactly?
Something of a showcase for Residents singer Randy Rose, who’s accompanied on piano by non-Resident Joshua “Raoul” Brody. Brody plays the hapless keyboardist whose ear gets bent by Rose’s ragged old Sam protagonist, who wanders into his bar and begins telling him his unlikely life story.
The method of the dreamy tale? Twenty-two classic American standards, like “Moon River,” “Ring Of Fire,” “Mack The Knife,” and “Paint It Black.”
Catch these unique performances while you can. For more information, visit www.residents.com/home/.