A.C.T. Two-Show Mini-Subscription: Clybourne Park and The Homecoming
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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Terrific play! Went on opening night and timing was a bit off; however, I feel confident this will be corrected. Actors needed to know just how long audience would laugh before starting their next lines. Sometimes it was difficult hear and it is hoped this too will be corrected,.
Don’t miss the first two shows of the new year! A.C.T. presents the West Coast premiere of the internationally acclaimed comedy Clybourne Park, which cleverly spins the events of A Raisin in the Sun to tell an unforgettable new story about race and real estate in America. Next up, a celebration of Nobel Prize–winning playwright Harold Pinter’s legacy with his most sexually provocative play, The Homecoming, a vivid drama that chronicles the grueling power struggle that ensues when a long-absent son and his attractive wife return to his contentious childhood home in London’s East End.
Clybourne Park: Home is where the heart—and history—is in Clybourne Park, which cleverly spins the events of the incendiary 1959 drama A Raisin in the Sun to reveal fresh perspectives on the politics of race in America. Act I opens in 1959, as a white couple sells their home in a middle-class Chicago neighborhood to a black family, causing uproar in their all-white community. Act II transports us to 2009, when the stakes are different, but the debate is eerily familiar, as negotiations about a white couple’s gentrification plans for the house—in what has become a historic black neighborhood—whirl into lightning-quick and uncomfortably revealing repartee. A “buzz-saw sharp new comedy” (The Washington Post) from an adamant provocateur, Clybourne Park stirs up the divisive ghosts of race and class that lurk beneath the contemporary veneer of political correctness.
The Homecoming: A.C.T. celebrates Nobel Prize–winning playwright Harold Pinter’s legacy with his most sexually provocative play. A long-absent son and his attractive wife, Ruth, return to his contentious childhood home in London’s East End. Caught in a grueling power struggle, father and sons vie for Ruth’s attention and affection with outrageous consequences in a play that changed the face of 20th-century drama. Longtime Pinter collaborator and A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff directs this brilliant classic featuring René Augesen, who celebrates her tenth-anniversary season as part of the A.C.T. core acting company.