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Review by Richard Connema | Season Schedule

Also see Richard's review of Shocktoberfest 16: Curse of the Cobra and Patrick's reviews of The Creature and The Object Lesson

Marga Gomez
Photo by Ian Douglas
Marga Gomez has described her new show Pound as filthy and funny, and that's what it is all about at the Brava Theater Center. The consummate artist comes out dressed like a butch lesbian in a red plaid shirt and black shorts and she dazzlingly runs through her solo show with unfaltering comic vigor for almost 90 minutes. She first mentions that she had a small part in the 1998 film Sphere in which she had exchanges with co-star Queen Latifah. Both were killed off at the beginning of the film, she says.

Marga Gomez touches on many subjects during this rapidly paced solo act, including reenacting plots of lesbian films like The Children's Hour, The Killing of Sister George and The Fox. She pays tribute to Sandy Dennis, Sharon Stone, and Dame Judi Dench. One of the highlights depicts taking her gay nephew, whom she impersonates beautifully, to see the movie The Kids Are All Right. During the film she has a chance encounter with a French lesbian and they retire to bathroom. Need I say more.

The awe-inspiring artist talks about her celibacy and going to a doctor about this. She tells the audience, "I'm so celibate my legs having been together longer than Aerosmith," and the great zinger "The Confederate flag has gone down more than I have." She even goes online and connects with a woman whose screen name is Sadgirl2. They find common ground in the fact that both like the Gina Gershon-Jennifer Tilly movie Bound. However, before they meet, Sadgirl2 has found out that Marga in a womanizer. Of course "celibate womanizer" is an oxymoron, she tells the audience.

Marga Gomez is not your typical comic since she easily goes from one character to another and then to her own persona. She is impetuous and boisterously guileless when talking about the female anatomy.

Marga Gomez' Bound runs through November 15, 2015, at the Brava Studio, Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco For tickets please call 415-641-7657 or visit

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