Kim Nalley, a modern-day blues singer Weekly Pick SPUNK

Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston

The final production of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's latest season takes its name from one of Zora Neale Hurston's first recognized stories — in fact, the one that caught the attention of Langston Hughes. But Spunk actually collects three other Hurston tales (including a comic, slang-based Lenox Avenue misadventure) within a musical narrative framework by Kim Nalley, a modern-day blues singer (put it this way: Nalley knows her Lady Day). Today the imitations of life by Hurston's friend and sponsor Fannie Hurst survive largely through Douglas Sirk, but Hurston's words are alive onstage. (Huston)

Through June 3

Thurs.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; $20–$30

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

620 Sutter, SF

(415) 474-8800
Posted on: Wednesday May 23, 2007 PST