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Ondine at Sutro Recommended

When: Fridays-Sundays, 4:30 p.m. Continues through June 14 2015
Price: $60-$80

Ondine at the Beach

In Jean Giraudoux's Ondine, a magical water nymph falls in love with a mortal man. And if myths and folklore have taught us anything about anything, it's that unions between different species rarely work out — even when magic is involved. Ondine is no exception, yet it's this high-drama tragic element that keeps us masochistic theatergoers revisiting the piece generation after generation. In local performance group We Players' new interactive rendition of the story, audiences are led through San Francisco's stunning Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park during sunset. This isn't some stuffy playhouse theater — it's site-specific work at its San Francisco best. The park and its dilapidated baths serve as the scenery, from the lookout at Point Lobos, to the surrounding cliffs, to the Pacific Ocean as Ondine's lake. We've seen some pretty impressive sets, but Ocean Beach at sunset? That one is hard to beat.

We Players presents Ondine at 4:30 p.m. through June 7 at Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park, Ocean Beach, S.F. $40-$80;

— Laura Jaye Cramer

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