The reviews in San Francisco have completely overwhelmed us. And for those who don't keep up with this sort of thing, San Francisco critics are NOT pushovers. No way. No how. In fact, they have the reputation of being some of the toughest critics in the country. Many shows that got nice notices elsewhere came here and got slaughtered. This is a sophisticated city and the people here are sophisticated in their tastes. Even with our wonderful New York reviews, Jim and I didn't come here to just coast on our good looks. We've been working very hard and concentrating very hard on our performances. We knew we had to give them our best.
Robert Hurwitt in the Chronicle is particularly well known for slicing and dicing shows that thought they could come here and just play around. He is smart, articulate and has a very well, sharpened pen. So, we are ecstatic that he was so enthusiastic in his praise.
But this is true of all the San Francisco critics. They are not weaklings who are easily impressed. They get the best shows coming in here and we have to measure up or get tossed aside. It's thrilling that they have given us such a wonderful chance.
The other thing I love is walking around San Francisco. Everything is so close. The other day, I was just walking a few blocks from here and suddenly turned right into Chinatown. And wow! I will have lots of pictures for you soon. We've been doing a lot of interviews and having a lot of meetings so I just haven't gotten around to putting it all here yet. But I will.
Stay tuned. We love the City by the Bay.
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