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Geary Theater

Stoppard's The Hard Problem at ACT: A High-Energy Exploration of Philosophical Ideas and Conflicts

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.30.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Hilary (Brenda Meaney) and Spike (Dan Clegg): What's on their minds? God and math. Photos by Kevin Berne Can everything in human life, or in exist...

ACT's King Charles III: A Brilliant 'Future History' of Britain, in a Less-Than-Affecting Production

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.23.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Photos by Kevin Berne Prince William (Christopher McLinden) speaks to reporters, watched by wife Kate (Allison Jean White) and King Charles III (Robe...

Realistic Joneses at ACT: Beneath a Quirky Comedy, Deep Fears of Mortality

Leo Stutzin | Posted 03.19.2017 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Words don't come easily to the four personalities who populate Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses. And when they do come, very often those words communicate the failure of communication itself.

Louis Armstrong Lives Again, in San Francisco, in "Satchmo at the Waldorf"

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.30.2017 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong in Satchmo at the Waldorf is such a delight. Directed by Gordon Edelstein, Thompson embodies the iconic trumpet player and singer in an engrossing, thought-provoking performance in the intermission-free play.

Satchmo at ACT: Louis Armstrong Minus the Smile, Unveiled by Play and Phenomenal Performance

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.23.2017 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Anyone lucky enough to see Satchmo at the Waldorf, a one-actor, three-character show in ACT's Geary Theater, will discover a very different Louis Armstrong: a man who loved music above all else and suffered through poverty, incarceration, racism, gangland threats and ultimately, through declining health, to blow his horn in ways that few if any have equalled.

Ah, Wilderness! at ACT: Lovely Look, Uneven Acting for O'Neill's Domestic Comedy

Leo Stutzin | Posted 10.27.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Eugene O'Neill is widely regarded as the playwright who lifted American theater out of the era of melodrama and into a realm of truthfulness and invention that was comparable with the best on the world's stages.

Between Riverside and Crazy: ACT Opens 49th Season With a Tough, Humane Pulitzer Prize Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 09.12.2016 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The past weighs heavily on Walter "Pops" Washington, the angry, suspicious ex-cop whose rage and stubbornness propel the fierce Between Riverside and Crazy, which opened American Conservatory Theater's 49th season a few days ago.

Let There Be Love at ACT: Terrific Acting Buoys a Poignant Family Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.17.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

All those elements add up to a huge order, but ACT is serving it with compelling passion and humor, thanks in large part to an extraordinary performance by Carl Lumbly.

Stoppard's Indian Ink Returns to ACT, Visually Gorgeous but Dramatically Uneven

Leo Stutzin | Posted 03.27.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

No one should be surprised when any theatrical canvas painted by Tom Stoppard is enormous: In Indian Ink, he outdid himself, perhaps too ambitiously.

Riveting Performance Anchors ACT's Controversial 'Testament'

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.08.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Seana McKenna as Mary: opening her arms to a challenging role Photos by Kevin Berne Canadian actress Seana McKenna is divine. The role she fills...

Theater's Clown Princes Deliver Fresh Hilarity in ACT's Old Hats

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.18.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Has ACT's Geary Theater ever rocked with laughter to match the roars that greeted Bill Irwin, David Shiner and friends at the opening of Old Hats, which just kicked off the company's 2014-15 season?

Power Shifts, Steamy Sex, Ample Laughter in ACT's Venus in Fur

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.31.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The transformation offers a fleeting suggestion of the stream of reversals that will follow in the play's 90 minutes of broad comedy, intense drama and sizzling sexuality.

Napoli! at ACT: Laughs, Pain and Connivance in World War II Italy

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.26.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

The essence explores a situation in which the struggle to survive -- and the urge to prosper -- blurs traditional lines of morality, behavior and relationships.

Wit, Intellect and Sensuality Propel Stoppard's Radiant 'Arcadia' at ACT

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.28.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Tom Stoppard's genius has never shone more brightly than in Arcadia, his intricate and passionate exploration of the pursuit of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, arcane literary discovery, artistic and scholarly fame, and uninhibited, uncommitted sex.

Stuck Elevator -- Audacious, Compelling and Hugely Imaginative

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.19.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Even the title feels cramped. Stuck Elevator. Hardly the inspiration for a play, let alone a musical drama or an opera; hardly a title that would excite a potential audience. However, Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis thought differently.

Elektra at ACT: Ancient Yet Timely, but Marred by Dubious Choices

Leo Stutzin | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

How little the human race has changed in the 2,500 years since Sophocles' Elektra emerged on the Athenian stage. Her drive, her obsession, her fury had a single focus, expressed in one word: justice.