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Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108
415-345-1287
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11 stars
attended Feb 13 2008

The man who plays Harry was particularly exceptional! He is a great actor and wonderful to watch. You get absorbed right into his character! The play was fun, and he really makes the experience fantastic!

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8 reviews
9 stars
attended Feb 13 2008

Funny play and great theater! We definitely recommend this!

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30 stars
attended Feb 13 2008

Very funny play. Reminded me of early Woody Allen. I'll probably see it again.

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Quotes & Highlights

“…delicious spoof on a multitude of matters…” —New York Times
“…an evening of unalloyed pleasure, of sustained and perfect comedy, of total, tempestuous and glorious glee.” —_New York Herald Tribune  _
“What playwright Schisgal has done is to turn the theatre of the absurd upside down.” —Time magazine

Description

It all takes place on a suspension bridge, where three friends turn their existential woes into neuroses of vaudevillian proportions. There is Harry Berlin, a beatnik who has sunk so low that honest beatniks would disown him. He has no future except to jump off the bridge, and is about to do so when Milt Manville comes along and intervenes. Milt and Harry turn out to be college classmates. As Harry, in his rags, reveals the depth of his despair, Milt, a picture of prosperity, is all sympathy…and then confesses that he, too, is full of frustration because his wife won’t divorce him so he can marry the woman he loves. Then Milt’s wife, Ellen, appears, and a triangle of the absurd ensues that—in the tradition of all great comedy—revels in alienation, the loss of identity, inability to communicate, self expression and the meaninglessness of it all.

Directed by Jean Shelton, assisted by Phaedra Starr

Murray Schisgal (playwright) has had an extensive career, writing plays, novels, anthologies and science fiction, as well as producing plays. He received a Tony Award nomination for his play_ Luv._ Other plays include Jimmy Shine, All Over Town and The Typists, and he has been the writer and editor of several play anthologies. He has a star on the Playwrights Sidewalk for Off-Broadway Achievement in New York. In addition to being a screenwriter on “Tootsie,” Schisgal has produced several films and television programs, including “A Walk on the Moon” and “The Love Song of Barney Kempinski.” He has been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award.

About the Ticket Supplier: Actors Theatre of San Francisco

Founded in August of 1989 by a group of professional actors and directors who shared a common desire to produce ensemble theatre works, the founding members of the Actors Theatre of San Francisco committed themselves to creating a permanent repertory company whose work would reflect their ideals of ensemble theatre: a theatre where all the participants share the same artistic vision, have a unified approach to the rehearsal process and a desire to create revelatory theatre that surpasses their desire for individual gain. The founding members gave themselves no restriction as to style, content or period. Instead, they committed themselves to producing theatre that is designed to enlighten and illuminate the human condition.