Artistic director Robert Estes’ staging is up close and personal, with no distance between the audience and the actors. Choreographed by Bridgette Loriaux, it’s also a deeply physical production, with the performers often tumbling over each other or whirling around in circles. The original piano and other keyboard music by Greg Zema is well suited to whatever’s going on; sometimes ominous, other times sprightly or courtly, depending on the tone of the fantasy currently being spun. Anastasia Barron and Willem Long circle each other in a cagey, flirtatious and hostile dance, shifting frequently from crazed near-ranting to relatively normal storytelling. They’re almost always in motion in a constant push and pull that’s sometimes hostile, sometimes come-hither and sometimes compassionate, pushing each other to the abyss in the heat of the moment and then gently trying to pull the other back from it.
“Big Brother” (8 p.m., CBS), “World of Dance” (8 p.m., NBC), “MasterChef” (8 p.m., Fox), “Outback” (8 p.m., PBS), “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” (9 p.m., Fox), “Alone Together” (9 p.m., Freeform), “The Real Housewives of New York City” (9 p.m., Bravo), “Black Ink Crew: 18" doll clothes; 8 piece green fairy ball gown, wings, cloak, ballet dance slippers, hair barette, choker, full tulle slip Chicago” (9 p.m., VH1), “The Real Housewives of NYC” (9 p.m., Bravo), “Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour” (9 p.m., A&E)..
The homes: An array of festively decorated Victorians and other homes in this architecturally rich island city. Extras: Gift boutique and gourmet shop will be open to the public all day long (free admission) at the Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Tourgoers with tickets are invited to Holiday Dessert Tea, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Ave. Details: Tickets, $35 in advance online or at merchants listed at www.alamedaholidayhometour.info (click on “tickets”). Tour-day tickets, $40, at the Elks Lodge. 510-629-6208.
F/X, a mainstay of the then-nascent arts district on South First Street, closed 20 years ago in November 1995, For the past eight years, former F/X owner Fil Maresca has helped put together a reunion for everyone who frequented downtown in those days to celebrate the ’90s vibe and commiserate over 18" doll clothes; 8 piece green fairy ball gown, wings, cloak, ballet dance slippers, hair barette, choker, full tulle slip the fact that everyone’s managing to age (if not entirely grow up), For the first time, though, this Friday’s party will unfold at F/X’s original location, 400 S, First St., which is now home to Corey O’Brien’s new club, the Ritz, Like his previous club, the Blank Club, the Ritz is a throwback to those 1980s and ’90s days on South First Street — which picked up the moniker SoFA — when a generation of music and art lovers gathered at Marsugi’s, the Cactus Club, Ajax Lounge and F/X every weekend..
Six years ago, singing the role of Billy Budd at San Francisco Opera, he wound up the subject of a pinup campaign, with photos of his bare-chested performance circulating online. Two years ago, appearing on “The Colbert Report,” he got sucked into a debate about who would win a cage match between Cio-Cio San (the teenage geisha in “Madama Butterfly”) and Carmen. This past summer, he performed alongside Sting at Lincoln Center in a stage production based on the letters of composer Robert Schumann and his pianist/composer wife, Clara.