Venue Details

1571 Star Starred
A.C.T.
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-749-2228
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Roberta D.
anything BUT orcheatra seating is very uncomfortable with no leg room.
Old Hats info Sep 17 2014 star this tip starred
A Genie
Saturday Matinee, lots of traffic; coming from los altos took me exactly 1 hour, but I drive like a demon. Was going to PARK @ hotel Donatello, read that fee was only $6 - but by 1:30 that lot was full, the one right next to it was $20 flat fee (!!) but I parked there because didn't want any hassle. Take bart if you can, easy walk to ACT theatre.
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89 reviews
17 stars
attended Feb 12 2006

Great acting but a bit slow. maybe a little didactic for my taste.

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25 reviews
7 stars
attended Feb 25 2006

Had a wonderful time - the theater was magnificent and our seats were great. The play was very rich and timely, with a strong finish.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Luminous…Wilson is at the top of his form. There are few playwrights who can touch him.”  —New York Times

Description

What does freedom feel like? A Tony Award nominee for best play in 2005, August Wilson’s _Gem of the Ocean _delves into the magical awakening of Citizen, a man seeking a new life at the bustling home of 287-year-old Aunt Ester. Ester, the fiery and spiritual matriarch of a tight-knit group of local characters, sets Citizen off on a journey that gives testament to the incredible complexity of what it really means to be free.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose 2002 hit _Lackawanna Blues _was recently adapted by HBO Films, directs this new A.C.T. production. No stranger to Wilson’s oeuvre, Santiago-Hudson originated the role of Caesar in Broadway’s _Gem of the Ocean _and received the 1996 Tony Award for his performance in Wilson’s Seven Guitars.