Gomez's Sold-Out 12 Days of Cochina Closes Dec. 22 in San Francisco

News   Gomez's Sold-Out 12 Days of Cochina Closes Dec. 22 in San Francisco Sure, there are the Christmas Carols, a Black Nativity, even a Posada Magica. But are the holidays ready for an ex-gay Latina gone bad, whose Christmas encounters include a run-in with Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman?

Sure, there are the Christmas Carols, a Black Nativity, even a Posada Magica. But are the holidays ready for an ex-gay Latina gone bad, whose Christmas encounters include a run-in with Frosty the Inappropriate Snowman?

Apparently so. Comedian Marga Gomez's tongue-in-cheek solo show The Twelve Days of Cochina has sold out its extended San Francisco run at Theater Rhinoceros until the show's closing Dec. 22. Performances began Nov. 9. Doug Holsclaw directs.

In Spanish, the word Cochina implies a filthy, dirty person; in Gomez's world, it means a Latina gone wrong. And has Cochina ever gone wrong. Once lesbian, but now having given up sex for Christmas, Conchina finds herself shuttling between Christmas Past (that encounter with the snowman) and Christmas Future, when faith-based charities enslave the world and global warming makes roasting chestnuts on the sidewalk very possible. The performance, workshopped in December, 2000 at New York City's Dixon Place, also features the Bush Puppets.

Gomez's other solo works include A Line Around the Block, Memory Tricks, Higher High Lower Lows, jaywalker and Marga Gomez Is Pretty, Witty and Gay. According to her bio, "her turnoffs include talking belly buttons and ringing cell phones. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she's keeping it real gay."

Tickets are $15-$22. Theater Rhinoceros is located at 2926 16th Street. For reservations, call (415) 861-5079. Marga Gomez is on the web at http://www.margagomez.com. — By Christine Ehren