“Home Street Home”: When Rent Isn’t Easy

from the website: http://gramponante.com/home-street-home-review/

“Home Street Home,” Brainchild of Former NOFX bassist Fat Mike, fetish queen Goddess Soma, and “Avenue Q” producer Jeff Marx, concluded a brief but successful and enlightening run at San Francisco’s Z Space, in the Mission. The engaging but occasionally difficult musical, a brutal comedy about family, homelessness, drugs, BDSM, punk music and power exchange concluded it’s 11-show engagement in early March, still soliciting input from members of the 220-plus audience in preparation for a wider run.

“Home Street Home” opens with a trio of steampunk Fates introducing a little clan of street rats, each an archetype; depending on how much time you spend on the street, you might recognize Mom, Nosmo, PD, Trashley, and Special Ed from your local street corner. Home Street Home follows their development as a family when they take in a runaway felling an abusive cop father. Home Street Home explores, among other things, relationships on the street and the ways people build families when the ones nature provided have failed them catastrophically. The complexities and emotional quicksands of so many resilient but still devastatingly damaged personalities provide fertile ground for co-creators Fat Mike, Goddess Soma, and Jeff Marx to touch on addiction, abuse, BDSM, jealousy, and the fact that when nothing else in the world is easy, love is both a refuge and a trap.

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