Venue Details

56 Star Starred
Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
Venue website Get directions

Member Tips

Snacks and wine can go inside the theater
info Mar 12 2012 star this tip starred
2.5 hour performance with 1 intermission.
info Mar 12 2012 star this tip starred
Very casual
info Mar 12 2012 star this tip starred
Jay D.
Easy public transport on Van Ness Avenue.
info Mar 12 2012 star this tip starred
Jay D.
I didn't purchase anything in the theater.
info Mar 12 2012 star this tip starred
Jay D.
The first act was almost an hour and a half long. I thought it would never end.
info Mar 12 2012 star this tip starred
View All 28 Tips

Reviews & Ratings

59 ratings
3.9 average rating
  • 15
  • 30
  • 9
  • 3
  • 2
29 events
25 reviews
0 stars
attended Mar 09 2012

The play is mesmerizing. Crackling dialog, very creative staging and superb acting. What more could you want? I found the words projected on the screen in the background... continued

star this review starred report as inappropriate
9 events
1 review
0 stars
attended Mar 11 2012

Great little space, reminds me how much independent theatre means to San Francisco.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
96 events
18 reviews
11 stars
attended Mar 11 2012

It is like a younger, and a bit more anxious Angels In America. But instead of THE ANGEL ARRIVES it is... but no, let me not spoil the dark and heady pleasure of Mr.... continued

star this review starred report as inappropriate
View All 49 Reviews
More Information


Quotes & Highlights

“This is a play that is masterfully explosive. The political fiction can be very scary in this amazing gorgeous scenario. Kushner has a knack for words, as his play jumps around from poetry to prose … The story is riveting, as it brings out all the human foibles that you can carry in a German bag of tricks in 1932. The exhilarating actors are moody, athletic. complex and talented in this inspired work.” —
“This collection of passionate artists, activists, lovers are never dull and the snapshots of their personal lives played out against history engage us emotionally for the entire evening. Director (Brian) Katz … makes sure that the pace is varied and the actors engaged in every moment. The first rate company takes the audience on a wild emotional ride, full of highs and lows, passion and intellect.” —


Custom Made Theatre Company plunges into the maelstrom of art and politics with its production of A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Custom Made Artistic Director Brian Katz directs an experienced ensemble cast that includes Maggie Ballard, Megan Briggs, Xanadu Bruggers, Steve Budd, Shelley Lynn Johnson, Chris Morrell, Jessica Rudholm, Nick Trengove, David Vega and Vahishta Vafadari.

This first play by Kushner premiered at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco in October 1987, directed by Oskar Eustis. For the current production, director Katz has chosen to stage an “alternate version” of the play, as it was done in 1991 by the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre.

Director Katz is thrilled to once again dive into the lyrical, mystical and progressive world of Tony Kushner, having previously directed his Slavs! or, Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness for Custom Made and Terminating, or Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein, or Ambivalence as part of Love’s Fire for La Vache Enragée Productions.

About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.

Winner of the SF Bay Critic Circle award for Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made is the managing company of the Gough Street Playhouse, an intimate thrust theatre without a bad seat in the house, where they present a five play season, along with numerous readings, workshops and classes. Most recently, Custom Made produced the Goldstar ROAR award-winning "Eurydice"
and the Bay Area Premiere of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."