Review: `The Quality of Life’

Nov 01

Steven Culp (right), Laurie Metcalf (center) and JoBeth Williams star in Jane Anderson’s drama The Quality of Life at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. Photos by Kevin Berne. Powerful performances spark quality of ACT’s `Life’«««1/2   The quality of mercy is terribly strained in American Conservatory Theater’s The...

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Attention Poltergeisters and Big Chillis! JoBeth Williams has arrived

Oct 24

If you haven’t spent a lot of time in New York or Southern California, chances are your view of JoBeth Williams is limited to what you’ve seen in movies (Poltergeist, The Big Chill) or on TV (“Frasier,” “Baby M”). Williams is actually a veteran stage actor. The Houston, Texas native (and daughter of an opera singer), got started...

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Metcalf, Williams, Lagerfelt star in ACT’s `Quality of Life’

Sep 29

ACT’s The Quality of Life stars, from left JoBeth Williams, Dennis Boutsikaris and Laurie Metcalf. Photo courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse and Michael Lamont. American Conservatory Theater has announced full casting for its follow-up to the season-opening hit Rock ‘n’ Roll. Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life, which takes place in the...

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Carrie Fisher hits the road

Apr 24

The force is most certainly with her. Carrie Fisher, fresh from her hit Berkeley Repertory Theatre show Wishful Drinking, a one-woman autobiographical play, is taking the show on the road. And no wonder: in 9 1/2 weeks, the show took in $1.3 million. Producer Jonathan Reinis is sending Wishful across the country. The first stop isn’t so far away, just down...

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