Marcus: the Completion of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Brother/Sister Trilogy of Plays at A.C.T.
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Master clowns Bill Irwin (Scapin, Waiting for Godot), a two-time Tony winner, and David Shiner (Cirque du Soleil, Seussical) bring their stage hit Old Hats to A.C.T. Their hilarious new work features original music, imaginative movement and a captivating use of technology designed to bring a smile to your face. Shiner and Irwin also co-created the Broadway hit Fool Moon, which ran through most of the '90s and racked up two Tonys, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. A continuation of Fool Moon, the joyful Old Hats won the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Irwin took home his Tonys for his dramatic role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? along with Fool Moon, but he may be best known as Mr. Noodle from Elmo's World. Shiner not only originated the role of the Cat in the Hat from Broadway's Seussical, but he also wrote and directed Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA. This production features direction from Tina Landau, whose production of Saroyan's The Time of Your Life thrilled audiences in 2004. Learn More
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.Old Hats travel • Sep 15 2014 star this tip starred
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Featured review from Mke Hughes
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As another reviewer stated and I can't say it any better, "Great production with an excellent cast. This is a author to watch out for. Very smart and entertaining. I did not get to see the first two of the trilogy and I wish I did. but do not miss this production. It stands on its' own" Go see this play it is fantastic!
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It's a charming show - slight, but entertaining - IF you sit in, say, the first half of the orchestra. Like so many shows at ACT, if you sit far away, you may as well stay home: the show does not fill the large house by any stretch of the...continued
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I only got to see 2 of the 3 plays in the trilogy by Tarell Alvin McCraney but enjoyed them both, probably The Brothers Size just a little better than this show. Loved the sets, costumes and video projection of this production. Actors were all...continued
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“One of the most exciting new voices in the American theater since the arrival of Tony Kushner” —San Francisco Chronicle
“[McCraney] writes with a passion and urgency that can’t be faked.”—The New York Times
“The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more.” —Chicago Tribune
“These are spiritual works that thrum with vitality, whether it’s joyous or melancholy, told in vigorous language that artfully folds together slangy vernacular with bursts of haunting poetry.” —Variety
Marcus is 16 and “sweet.” Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the projects of Louisiana, the currents of his life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and launching the search for his sexual and personal identity on a cultural landscape infused with mysterious family creeds. The provocative, poignant, and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South, Marcus is the stirring conclusion of __The Brother/Sister Plays.
__A deeply personal play for McCraney, Marcus resonates beautifully on its own and also functions as a poetic and moving culmination of the trilogy. In the play, Marcus, one of the youngest members of the families that populate the first two plays of the trilogy, must come to terms with his own identity and, in McCraney’s words, “explore his thread in the tapestry of his community.” It is the largest in scope of the three plays that make up the trilogy and will receive an imaginative production on the beautiful American Conservatory Theater stage. The power of Marcus’s dreams will come to life with evocative video projections (designed by Alex V. Nichols) that transform the very simple set created by OBIE Award–winning scenic designer Loy Arcenas (Curse of the Starving Class and The Invention of Love for A.C.T.). The creative team also includes costume designer Lydia Tanji (who designed the costumes for the other two plays in the Bay Area trilogy), lighting designer James F. Ingalls, and sound designer Andre Pluess.