From the SF Bay Guardian!
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id= ... tid=85&l=1
Now and at the Hour EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy; 931-1094, http://www.theexit.org
. $15-25. Fri-Sat, 8pm. Through Aug 15. Writer-performer Christian Cagigal has been studiously developing one or another version of a one-man show at the Exit Theatre around his serious chops as a magician. The shows are popular and long running in good part because Cagigal is a strong showman whose feats of "mind reading" are impressively perplexing. Now and at the Hour, his current and latest, is also his most successful attempt yet at blending consistently dumbfounding displays of prestidigitation and a dramatic narrative with a power of its own. Rushing onstage lugging two large suitcaseswhose odd antique contents, swiftly unpacked and arranged by the performer, include an hourglass, a metronome, and a wooden view masterCagigal launches into a fitful, melancholic rumination on time, memory, and the eternal return, grounded in his description of growing up with his father, a Spanish-born mentally disabled Vietnam vet, and his childhood retreat into imagination and solitary pursuit of the magician's craft. The story carries inherent forcein fact Cagigal the actor can push its emotional content unnecessarily hardand provides an intriguing context and theme for the mischievous, truly wowing bits of audience-inducting magic he has concocted. The slightly bumpy transitions around these feats still present a dramatic challenge, but Cagigal is rapidly honing in on that magic moment when two distinct shows become an integrated whole. (Avila)