comedy Valhalla runs Saturday, May 20, through
Sunday, July 16, at San Francisco's New Conservatory
Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave. The play intertwines two
stories and two distinct heroes: 19th-century "Mad"
King Ludwig of Bavaria's attempt to build a crushingly
expensive series of storybook castles inspired by
Wagnerian operas, and James Avery, a fictional misfit gay
Texas teenager in the 1930s. For tickets and more
information, call (415) 861-8972 or visit www.NCTCSF.org.