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Culture, Stage Former A.C.T. actor Marco Barricelli takes on a new role

Former A.C.T. actor Marco Barricelli takes on a new role

When Marco Barricelli was the alpha male of American Conservatory Theater's core acting company, the Geary stage sizzled. Before leaving to pursue opportunities back East in 2005 after more than a decade's association with San Francisco's flagship theater company, Barricelli…
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News, Dog Bites

Vanishing Act

He's been called, on various occasions, "preening, arrogant, sinister"; "a raving tyrant, enthusiastically cruel and as self-convinced as one of Tom Waits' growling drunkards"; "quiet, intense, inarticulate and bewildered, growing more helplessly tongue-tied the more he understands what's going on."…
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Culture, Stage


In 1987, French-Senegalese writer Marie Ndiaye published a 100-page novel comprising a single sentence. Ndiaye's first work for the stage, Hilda, receiving its American premiere at ACT (translated by Erika Rundle), is essentially a play for a single actor masquerading…
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Culture, Stage Go to Moscow Already!

Go to Moscow Already!

In a review of The Three Sisters three years ago, I wrote, "Sometimes I wish Chekhov would have stretched a little and written a sequel to one of his plays, like The Three Sisters Finally Go to Moscow, in which…
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Culture, Stage Good Coin

Good Coin

American Buffalo is one of the most produced and least understood great American plays. It's fiendishly hard to get right. The story of two men and a boy cooking up a scheme in Donny Dubrow's Chicago junk shop is simple…
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Culture, Stage Foreign Correspondents

Foreign Correspondents

First, a funny story: On opening night of Night and Day, Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein sat behind the play's director, Carey Perloff, and when an Englishwoman onstage made a crack about journalism -- "Perhaps I'll get him a reporter doll…
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Culture, Stage O Canada

O Canada

I think Derek Walcott holds the title for Greatest North American Playwright Almost Never Produced in San Francisco, but Michel Tremblay runs a close second. Walcott is a Nobelist from the Caribbean, a grave black poet who perplexes people with…
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Culture, Stage

The Celebration and The Room

The pair of Pinter one-acts at ACT works as a brief, two-punch retrospective at which audiences can compare the playwright's first play, The Room (1957), with one of his latest, The Celebration. The first is a sleepy, postwar-Britain chamber piece…
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Culture, Stage It's Good to Be the King

It's Good to Be the King

The Henry IV of Luigi Pirandello's play was a temperamental German who ruled the Holy Roman Empire between 1069 and 1105 and tried to depose the pope. The pope, Gregory VII, excommunicated him, but Henry had himself pardoned in a…
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Culture, Stage Highlands and Lowlands

Highlands and Lowlands

This time last year, Marco Barricelli played Oscar Wilde in ACT's premiere of The Invention of Love. He wore purple velvet and minced around the stage with a lily. Now, in the same theater, he's the puff-chested, testosterone-poisoned lead salesman…
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