Love doth evade Marin’s Shakespeare in Love

Dec 02

Love doth evade Marin’s <i>Shakespeare in Love</i>

The Bay Area finally gets to see Shakespeare in Love on stage thanks to Marin Theatre Company, and while the cast boats some of the Bay Area's best actors – Stacy Ross, Lance Gardner, Megan Trout, Mark Anderson Phillips, L. Peter Callender – the production flails under the direction of Jasson Minadakis.

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ACT attempts to solve Stoppard’s Hard Problem

Oct 27

ACT attempts to solve Stoppard’s <i>Hard Problem</i>

All through American Conservatory Theater's production of The Hard Problem you can feel playwright Tom Stoppard making an effort to be accessible. With a play about the very nature of consciousness – the "hard problem" about not just the knowing about what's at our human core but the knowing about the knowing – there's a danger of a) boring a lay audience with intricate lectures on neuroscience or b) becoming so involved in the intellectual pursuits of the play that actual drama. Stoppard slips a little into both camps during his play's one hour and 40 minutes, but it's hard to fault a playwright for being too smart or too passionate about the subject he's exploring.

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Stunning Arcadia returns to ACT

Jun 06

Stunning <i>Arcadia</i> returns to ACT

The ideas are as big as the heart in Tom Stoppard's glorious Arcadia, a play that seems only to get better with time.

When American Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff first directed the play in 1995 at the Stage Door Theatre, the production and the play came off beautifully and with more warmth than the chilly 1995 production at New York's Lincoln Center. But now that Perloff has revived the play at the Geary Theater, it's like switching from an cozy, old-fashioned living room TV to high-def, widescreen wonder.

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Theater by the Bay: Best of 2008

Dec 23

Theatergoing in the San Francisco Bay Area is one of life’s treats. No question about it. If you love theater, this is a wonderland. In this devastating economic climate, may that only hold true for the next couple of years. There is so much good theater here, so many incredible actors, writers, directors and crafts people that an annual Top 10 is often...

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Review: “Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Sep 18

Opened Sept. 17, 2008   Rene Augesen is Esme and Manoel Felciano is Jan in a scene set at Prague’s John Lennon wall in the American Conservatory Theater production of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard. Photos by Kevin Berne   ACT gives Stoppard’s heavy `Rock’ a mighty roll«««1/2 Rock ‘n’ Roll has a beat – a...

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Manoel Felciano aims to make Stoppard `Rock’

Sep 12

Manoel Felciano stars in the ACT production of Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. Photo by Ashley Forette Photography Manoel Felciano, a San Francisco native, had to play Broadway before he could make his hometown professional stage debut. He’s starring in American Conservatory Theater’s season-opening production of the Tom Stoppard drama...

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