After its 1999 debut in Santa Monica, The Rice Room will open Feb. 4 in San Francisco at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Debroah Nishimura directs Noel Alumit's look at gay Asian men.
Written by and starring Alumit, The Rice Room is a solo piece set in a trendy West Hollywood watering hole where various gay Asian met and debate the most universal of themes: love, desire, survival, sex and fate. There's even a go-go dancer in Alumit's perfect night spot.
Alumit's Mr. and Mrs. La Questa Go Dancing was produced at San Fran's Theatre Rhinoceros. As an actor he has appeared in Who's Afraid of Edward Albee? and garnered an L.A. Weekly Award in the world premiere of Chay Yew's A Language of Their Own.
Tickets are $17-$15 and are available by calling (415) 861-8972. The Rice Room runs through Feb. 20. New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market.
-- By Christine Ehren