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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Satchmo at the Waldorf</i>: Louis Armstrong Speaks From A.C.T.'s Stage

Satchmo at the Waldorf: Louis Armstrong Speaks From A.C.T.'s Stage

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (1901-1971) is widely considered to be one of the 20th century's most brilliant and influential jazz musicians. Embraced by white audiences, he lived a life of privilege while experiencing the sting of racism. Satchmo sold millions…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Drunken Truths from a Grizzled Ex-Cop in A.C.T.'s <i>Between Riverside and Crazy</i>

Drunken Truths from a Grizzled Ex-Cop in A.C.T.'s Between Riverside and Crazy

The American Conservatory Theater kicked off its 2015-16 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama Between Riverside and Crazy, Stephen Adley Guirgis’ look at police violence, race relations, dysfunctional families, and how the bureaucratic steamroller will mow down a man’s…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Maryam Farnaz Rostami Has a Vision for the Future of S.F.

Maryam Farnaz Rostami Has a Vision for the Future of S.F.

We know the long-term fate of San Francisco pretty well: in about 24 million years, the Mission will be somewhere near Alaska. But the fate of our city between then and now is a mystery, although the idea of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Memoir Shows American Conservatory Theater's Perloff Is a Force of Nature

Memoir Shows American Conservatory Theater's Perloff Is a Force of Nature

Stand barefoot on a coastal shore during a storm and you will know what it’s like to encounter Carey Perloff, artistic director for over 20 years at American Conservatory Theater. Pounding surf overriding one’s own heartbeat, gritty sand between…
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Now Playing

4,000 Miles: Twenty-one-year-old Leo arrives on his 91-year-old grandmother's doorstep after a cross-country bicycle trip. Discounted admission and free bike valet by SFBC on select dates. Jan. 17.-Feb. 10. $25-$70. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary, 749-2228. Anything Goes: When…
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8: The Play: Chronicles the historic trial of the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8. Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m. $50-$100. American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228. Assassins: Sondheim's musical about presidential assassins. Wednesdays-Sundays. Through Oct. 28.…
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Culture, Stage "The Normal Heart": Larry Kramer Looks Back in Anger

"The Normal Heart": Larry Kramer Looks Back in Anger

Now on tour at American Conservatory Theater, the Tony Award-winning revival of The Normal Heart features a mode of acting we don't see often in the Bay Area. Character after character in Larry Kramer's drama, which chronicles the American onset…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist American Conservatory Theater Opens New Mid-Market Location With <i>A Musical Revue</i>

American Conservatory Theater Opens New Mid-Market Location With A Musical Revue

Last night (Wednesday), Mayor Ed Lee joined San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater for an opening party for its new space, The Costume Shop. According to a statement from A.C.T., the 2,400-square-foot theater in the mid-Market neighborhood features a lobby, backstage…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Tales of the City</i> at A.C.T.: A Fitfully Entertaining Love Letter to Yesteryear's Bohemians and Sodomites

Tales of the City at A.C.T.: A Fitfully Entertaining Love Letter to Yesteryear's Bohemians and Sodomites

Tales of the City Through July 10 at American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), S.F. Tickets are $40-$127; call 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org. NOTE: A full-length version of this review will appear in print and online on June…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A.C.T. Stages Sartre's Claustrophobic Nightmare in <i>No Exit</i>

A.C.T. Stages Sartre's Claustrophobic Nightmare in No Exit

Jean-Paul Sartre was an existentialist, not an optimist. "Hell is other people," he said. To demonstrate, he wrote No Exit, an adaptation of which opens this week at American Conservatory Theater. It's a one-act play in which one man…
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Culture, Stage "The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

"The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

Prostitution may not be the oldest profession, but it's certainly the most basic form of employment. The plight of the worker is, at some level, always the plight of somebody getting dicked over for a little bit of dough. That,…
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Culture, Stage "The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

"The Oldest Profession" and "The Homecoming": Two Views of Women and Work

Prostitution may not be the oldest profession, but it's certainly the most basic form of employment. The plight of the worker is, at some level, always the plight of somebody getting dicked over for a little bit of dough. That,…
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Theater Review: "Round and Round the Garden" at A.C.T.

The nicest thing you can say about American Conservatory Theater's production of Alan Ayckbourn's Round and Round the Garden is that the set is gorgeous, with green grass and ivy-covered walls, and the actors really try. They commit. The physical…
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Den of Thieves. The idea of a bunch of misfits trying to pull off the perfect crime has been done to death, then buried, then cremated, then reanimated as a zombie, shot by an angry mob, and buried a second…
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Den of Thieves. The idea of a bunch of misfits trying to pull off the perfect crime has been done to death, then buried, then cremated, then reanimated as a zombie, shot by an angry mob, and buried a second…
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Now Playing

Ninth Annual Bay One Acts Festival: Work by local playwrights including Crish Barth, Tim Bauer, William Bivins, Stuart Bousel, and more. Through March 13, www.threewisemonkeys.org. Boxcar Theatre, 505 Natoma (at Sixth St.), 776-1747, www.boxcartheatre.org. ... And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi:…
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Phèdre. Neoclassical French drama is most famous for its rigid adherence to the theory that nothing interesting must ever be shown onstage. Instead, the plot is advanced by the characters confessing to each other all the amazing things that happened…
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Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo. It seems silly to judge an entire play based on one face slap. But when Ann (René Augesen) strikes her insensitive husband, Peter (Anthony Fusco), in a pivotal scene in Edward Albee's marital…
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Culture, Stage Despite the great source material, <i>War Music</i> bombs

Despite the great source material, War Music bombs

There's nothing in life quite like living in the moment. Being caught up in the immediacy of an experience and feeling fully engrossed in it to the exclusion of all other concerns is the closest we ever come to achieving…
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Also Playing: Act a Lady, Evil Hamlet, Thom Pain

Act a Lady. Act a Lady ought to be a great time. Set in the Midwest in 1927, it's a comedy that considers what happens when small-town menfolk begin impersonating womenfolk at the local playhouse. In the show's Bay Area…
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