Venue Details

105 Star Starred
Altarena Playhouse
across from Lincoln Park 1409 High Street Alameda, CA 94501
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Member Tips

Loretta Janca
Open seating, house opens at half hour, theatre subscribers seated first.
info Jan 12 2009 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
On-street parking in the neighborhood is plentiful.
info Jan 12 2009 star this tip starred
They usually have cookies and coffee at intermission
info Jan 12 2009 star this tip starred
There are always spots to park in this safe area
info Jan 12 2009 star this tip starred
No intermission, nothing to eat or drink before or after
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Reviews & Ratings

27 ratings
4.4 average rating
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35 events
11 reviews
16 stars
attended Jan 10 2009

Very strong show - really well-drawn characters, and some really excellent acting. Matt Lai's monologue was especially wonderful.

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2 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 09 2009

Wow - excellent cast, very entertaining play with creative staging. Matthew Lai was a standout--his frantic monologue is worth the price of admission alone! Glad we ventured over to Alameda to check this out.

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1 review
3 stars
attended Jan 23 2009

I've wanted to see this play for years, but had never been to the Altarena Playhouse and wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it was a really good production... continued

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This 1998 Tony Award winner is a fiendishly clever comedy that dares to ask the question, “What is art?” Three old friends square off over the merits of a recently purchased painting. Their friendship is put to the test as the arguments quickly go from theoretical, to personal, to confrontational. Art is a heady and hilarious look at the bonds of friendship. It’s been called “A nonstop cross-fire of crackling language…a marriage of Moliere and Woody Allen.” Decide for yourself if it’s “Art.”

Written by Yasmina Reza

Directed by Stewart Lyle

Featuring John Hale, Keith Jefferds, and Matthew Lai

About the Ticket Supplier: Altarena Playhouse

Since 1938, Altarena Playhouse has presented creative, intimate, and artistically ambitious stagings of plays, musicals and revues. The inclusive and welcoming atmosphere makes Altarena a "great place to go" for patrons and a "great place to work" for artists. From re-envisioning the classics to promoting new works, our critically acclaimed productions and our educational outreach programs foster greater appreciation and understanding of the theater arts in Alameda and throughout the Bay Area.