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A.C.T.
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-749-2ACT
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Casual to dressy
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Street parking several blocks away (if you like to walk)
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Good snackbar at lower level
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Only about 5+ blocks from Powell Street BART.
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Get there at 6 p.m. for free street parking and be lucky
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Best option
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Reviews & Ratings

117 ratings
3.8 average rating
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121 reviews
27 stars
attended Nov 03 2012

Wow. Where to begin? The script is bad, taking an ancient Greek play which has stood the test of time and removing any trace of why... Why should a modern audience care... continued

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2 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 25 2012

I'm afraid Ms. Perloff has exceeded her sell-by-date at ACT. She cannot direct, and this sad production is further proof. Ms. Augeson's 90 minutes of sobbing certainly... continued

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11 reviews
0 stars
attended Oct 26 2012

Frankly, no one wants to say anything bad about the iconic Olympia Dukakis but her role is quite limited and she's really not that good (she plays the "Chorus," not... continued

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Website

http://www.act-sf.org/1213/elektra/index.html

Quotes & Highlights

“Shattering in its poignancy … " —Los Angeles Times
“[Dukakis’s] every gesture serves to communicate; this is a study in the art of acting.” —Variety

Description

Direct from its sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)* continues its 2012–13 season with A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff’s sweeping production of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy *_Elektra—_featuring a specially commissioned new translation by Olivier Award–winning British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, *an original score by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer *David Lang, and Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, reuniting the team that brought Bay Area audiences the 1995 critically acclaimed, smash-hit production of Euripides’ Hecuba.* *Love and revenge take center stage in Elektra, which will haunt the A.C.T. mainstage just in time for Halloween. Clocking in at an intense 90 minutes, this new interpretation of the timeless Greek tragedy is a fast-paced thriller—of epic proportions. After her father, King Agamemnon, is murdered by her mother and her mother’s lover, Elektra is consumed by grief and fiercely intent on revenge. Every day, she prays to the gods that her exiled brother, Orestes, might return to help her avenge their father’s death, and every night, the silence of the gods drives her closer to madness. As Sophocles’ iconic tragedy depicts humanity in its most extreme behavior, _Elektra _engages the audience as judge and jury—a stark reminder that we are all witnesses to our shared history.

Perloff first directed Sophocles’ Elektra more than 20 years ago at New York’s Classic Stage Company, in a world premiere of a translation by poet Ezra Pound. The new translation by Wertenbaker penetrates the emotional complexity not only of the title figure, but her exiled brother, her desperate sister, and her paranoid mother. Wertenbaker’s version preserves the formal structure of the ancient language, while at the same time creating a vividly alive and contemporary feel. David Lang’s original music, performed live by cellist Teresa Wong, will add to the emotional landscape of the production—a truly inventive and fiercely passionate composer, Lang has been described by the New Yorker as “an American master.”

_Elektra _features two of A.C.T.’s most beloved performers: core acting company member René Augesen *(recent productions of Once in a Lifetime_, The Homecoming_, and Clybourne Park at A.C.T.; _Blithe Spirit at California Shakespeare Theater ) in the title role and associate artist *Olympia Dukakis *(_Vigil and Hecuba at A.C.T.) as the Chorus Leader. They are joined by *Caroline Lagerfelt (_Mary Stuart _at A.C.T.; TV’s Gossip Girl) as Clytemnestra, core acting company member Anthony Fusco (recent productions of Race, The Homecoming, and Clybourne Park at A.C.T. ; _Blithe Spirit _at California Shakespeare Theater) as the Tutor, Nick Steen *(current third-year A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program student) as Orestes, *Allegra Edwards *(current third-year A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program student) as Chrysothemis, and associate artist (and former core acting company member) *Steven Anthony Jones (artistic director of San Francisco’s Lorraine Hansberry Theatre) as Aegisthus.