A scene from SF Mime Troupe's latest work, "2012 — The Musical", (l to r) Victor Toman, Cory Censoprano, Siobhan Marie Doherty, Lizzie Calogero and Michael Gene Sullivan. Photo: Fletcher Oakes

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is nothing if not colorful — both in its appearance and its message. Its performances are far from silent too: the company’s name refers to “mime” in the ancient sense: to mimic.

Now in its 52nd season, the theater group’s award-winning brand of political satire seeks to bring humor to the absurdities of contemporary life, while addressing their causes.

SF Mime Troupe kicked off a series of East Bay performances of its latest oeuvre, “2012 — The Musical!”, at Cedar Rose Park on July 9. They will be back in Berkeley for more performances; on July 16 at Willard Park; on the weekend of August 13 and 14 at 2pm at Live Oak Park; and on the weekend of September 17-18 at 2pm at Willard Park. All shows are free and open to the public.

For all SF Mime Troupe’s show dates, which include Oakland, Marin and the south Bay, check out their website.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...