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Tag Archives: ACT American Conservatory Theater

Wait for the Album: ‘Animal Wisdom’ online by ACT and Woolly Mammoth

Heather Christian’s acclaimed show about ghostly encounters is an audio wonder brought down by unnecessary visuals.

Sunday, 23 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Doesn’t fully Line Up: ACT Out Loud – ‘The Matchmaker’

ACT don’t quite stick the landing, but their new reading series brought lessons worth learning.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wave the White Flag: ACT Out Loud – ‘Arms and the Man’

George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire gets an unfortunately sour reading as part of ACT’s new series.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · 1 Comment

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 · 3 Comments

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

Don’t You think You’re Falling: ‘Gloria’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily on shock value and “death (wink, wink) of print” clichés in his latest show at the ACT.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 · Leave a 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