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Tag Archives: ACT American Conservatory Theater

The Newest Old Play: ACT Out Loud – ‘Trouble in Mind’

The inaugural entry in the ACT’s new reading series is Alice Childress’ all-too-relevant 1957 classic.

Saturday, 3 April, 2021 · Leave a comment

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 4 Comments

Belated Black Baseball Play Review: ‘Toni Stone’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

My very-late, but still-relevant review of the ACT’s show about this unsung heroine of baseball history.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 · 1 Comment

This Waking Life: ‘Wakey, Wakey’ at the ACT

ACT kicks off 2020 with Will Eno’s darkly comic one-act (and short) celebrating why the little things matter most.

Friday, 31 January, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sinks in later innings: ‘Testmatch’ World Premiere at ACT

The messy legacy of cricket and British colonialism is the focus of Kate Atwell’s fun-but-messy new play.

Friday, 8 November, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doin’ it for Themselves: ‘Top Girls’ at ACT

Caryl Churchill’s incendiary piece gets a gripping new production from the ACT.

Monday, 30 September, 2019 · 1 Comment

Flying High: ‘Weightless’ at the ACT’s Strand

Last year’s acclaimed Z Space world premiere returns for a glorious victory lap at the ACT’s Strand Theater.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 · 1 Comment

‘Fair’ Game: ‘Vanity Fair’ at the ACT

Thackeray’s classic novel keeps the Victorian setting and adds modern gender politics in ACT’s lavish new production.

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Off the Rim: ‘The Great Leap’ at the ACT

ACT’s latest is a so-so tale of American crass, Chinese refinement, and the universal language of competition.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 · 1 Comment

Belated Black History Month Double-Feature: ‘The Last Sermon of Sister Imani’ by TheatreF1rst and ‘Her Portmanteau’ at ACT

In which I catch up with two brand new Bay Area shows based exclusively around Black women.

Monday, 11 March, 2019 · 3 Comments