Venue Details

126 Star Starred
San Francisco Playhouse
Between Powell and Mason Streets. 450 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94102
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Member Tips


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Dine before you go
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Morton Paley
Grand Cafe in the Hotel Monaco on Geary highly recommended.
dining Oct 14 2013 star this tip starred
Len John Deneweth
You can inexpensively park at the Sutter/Stockton garage on Sundays.
travel Oct 21 2013 star this tip starred
If it's an early show, dine out afterwards for modern Asian cuisine, at E&O Trading Co. on Sutter. Yummy, even gluten free options!
dining Oct 24 2013 star this tip starred
and enjoy the fellini like circus of the powell street environment.
travel Oct 24 2013 star this tip starred
It is in a hotel and up the stairs
travel Nov 15 2013 star this tip starred
Parking is cheap at Sutter-Stockton Garage.
travel Nov 18 2013 star this tip starred

Reviews & Ratings

78 ratings
4.3 average rating
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20 reviews
14 stars
attended Oct 02 2013

The play is intense, disturbing, painful even - like humans, like war. The acting is strong and the time absolutely flew by. And you know time flys.... They have a full bar for before and during.

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126 reviews
17 stars
attended Oct 04 2013

Before the play I wasn't sure what it could be about, Bengal tigers and the Baghdad Zoo? After the play, I'm still not sure what it was about. Anti-War? Greed? Racism?... continued

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80 events
50 reviews
10 stars
attended Oct 03 2013

Poignant. Good acting. Set, lighting added to experience

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Quotes & Highlights

“It’s funny. It’s poignant, sometimes both at once … for all its intriguing, even inspiring spiritual and moral questions, the most immediate lesson to be learned here is: Never, ever stick your arm in a tiger’s cage.” -San Francisco Chronicle
“Joseph is a beautiful writer. The story and the characters twist and turn. At the end of Act One there is no way to guess what will happen in Act Two. In the end, we are left with the only explanation of human behavior that has ever made any sense: ‘You get hungry, you get stupid.’ And we get it from the mouth of a tiger.” -SF Theater Blog
“Through performances and design, director Bill English creates a provocative world that allows the poetry of the dead and the garish reality of the living to blend in surprising, moving and perplexing ways.” -Theater Dogs
“The production values, set, costumes and props are first-rate. The cast is absolutely committed to a challenging script … it’s hard to imagine a more ferocious performance than Marchetti’s.” -Bay Area Reporter


By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Bill English

About the Ticket Supplier: San Francisco Playhouse

The aim of the SF Playhouse is to provide a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers and theater lovers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit. Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano in 2003, SF Playhouse is Union Square’s intimate, professional theatre. Using professional actors and world-class design, the SF Playhouse — which won the Bay Guardian‘s 2006 Best Off Broadway Theatre Award and about which the San Francisco Chronicle raved "San Francisco’s newest theatre isn’t just another tiny stage carved out of a storefront…it’s an enticing introduction to a new company" — has become an intimate theatre alternative to the traditional Union Square theatre fare, garnering 20 Bay Area Theatre Critic nominations in its first year.