Telling Tales and making them sing

Jun 02

Telling <i>Tales</i> and making them sing

There’s a beautiful line of dialogue that perfectly encapsulates the denouement of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, a tricky new musical having its world premiere at American Conservatory Theater. Toward the end of the nearly three-hour show, one character comforts another with: “Mystery solved. Mystery loved.”

In those two short lines we get what Tales of the City, whether in novel, miniseries or musical form, is all about: acceptance and love. It’s interesting to note that in the musical, this line is spoken not sung. That’s telling.

Of course the show had to begin life in San Francisco, and like the city that both inspires and hosts it, this Tales of the City has its ups and downs.

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John Guare gets `Rich and Famous’ again

Dec 09

For ACT’s `Rich and Famous, all’s fair in love and Guare The cast for American Conservatory Theater’s Rich and Famous, a 1974 satirical comedy by John Guare (pictured a left, photo by Paul Kolnik) that is being significantly re-written for this revival, has been announced, and it’s fantastic. Anyone who saw Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me when...

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