Tennessee Williams' Camino Real at Actors Theatre of San Francisco
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Ugly Betty meets The Terminator in this new sci-fi musical by D'Arcy Drollinger (Shit & Champagne, Project: Lohan). When lonely, put-upon secretary Eileen spots an ad for a fully functioning mechanical male companion, she takes her future by the reigns and places an order. Mr. Irresistible soon arrives on her doorstep and, true to fantasy, a romance blossoms. Just one problem: He's not her mail-order groom. He's an exterminator on a service call. Soon the official Acme Brand Mr. Irresistible comes knocking, and the humble exterminator can't compete with the custom-made dream man. But just as Eileen is settling into a state of bliss with her new perfect beau, a coworker she's been complaining about turns up dead, and Eileen becomes suspicious of her robotic Romeo. She contemplates sending him back -- where he'll be disassembled for parts -- but Mr. Irresistible catches on and begins a fight for his life. Will Eileen finally find her voice and learn where true love has been all along? Learn More
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Featured review from Geraldine G.
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I think I was in a little over my head. Maybe if I'd read the play first, I would have been more with it. I didn't know, for example, what Kilroy was all about. I liked the theatre -- first time at this venue. I hated the parking. We parked in the lot across the street and it cost twice as much as the play tickets! I did like the play, though, even though I didn't get some of it.
Quotes & Highlights
“There are people who think that Camino Real was Tennessee William’s best play and I believe that they are right. It is a play torn out of a human soul.” -Clive Barnes, New York Times
The story of Camino Real centers on the kaleidoscopic journeys of a cascade of archetypal characters through a dreamlike and surreal vision of purgatory. Don Quixote, “an unashamed victim of romantic folly”; the elegant and lost, Lord Byron; the aging beauty, Camille; the fading Casanova; the World War II inspired, always short-changed, but never without hope, fall guy, Kilroy; and a host of other desperate and brave outcasts and derelicts intermingle in a series of sixteen blocks on the Camino Real – wandering and wondering from the Royal Road to the Real Road searching for their place in life, their way out of purgatory. The pageantry is controlled and directed by Gutman, the purveyor of the local luxury hotel, who prevents revolution and keeps the residents of this desperate place in isolation from each other with cheap thrills, gimick entertainment and sometimes brute force. Those who cannot face reality or survive escape are quickly removed by the Street Cleaners. But some will discover life is worth living.
Williams’ own past, his alcoholism and homosexuality, are deeply evident throughout his play; “It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses”, Williams wrote in the Foreword to Camino Real.
Camino Real premiered on Broadway in 1953, directed by Elia Kazan. Clive Barnes of The New York Times wrote, “There are people who think that Camino Real was Tennessee William’s best play and I believe that they are right. It is a play torn out of a human soul.” It was revived in 1970 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center with roles played by Al Pacino and Jessica Tandy. Camino Real has not been seen in the Bay Area since 1969 when it was produced at Berkeley Repertory Theater.
Actors Theatre Ensemble: James Baldock, Diana Brown, Giancarlo Campagna, Michael Carlisi, Nastasha Drobnica, Alessandro Garcia, Scott Agar Jaicks, Don Keenan, Rachel Klyce, John Krause, Tiffani Mitchell, Todd O’Connor, Christian Phillips, Dean Shreiner, Antonella Soldaini, Phaedra Starr
Design by: Biz Duncan, Rachel Klyce, James Baldock