Venue Details

799 Star Starred
A.C.T.
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-749-2ACT
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Member Tips

Goldstar Member
As with all the playhouses in SF, no need to dress up.
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Goldstar Member
You can easily park under Union Square, and walk the 1.5 blocks.
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Chris H.
The parking garage at Mason and O'Farrell offers 5 hour $10 parking if you show your ticket stub
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Marie-Aude
The theatre is downtown, there are cafés and bars around for food.
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Lana1555
The theater is within a 5 minute walk of most major bus and train lines.
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Reviews & Ratings

22 ratings
3.8 average rating
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12 events
8 reviews
47 stars
attended Jan 15 2010

I usually really enjoy the productions at A.C.T., but this one simply was not up the par.... at all. The main problem was the script and the direction. The actors seemed... continued

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5 reviews
4 stars
attended Jan 15 2010

I agree with the other review listed. This isn't up to par with a lot of ACT productions. I found that some of the places that there was a little laughter actually helped... continued

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36 reviews
24 stars
attended Feb 06 2010

A pitiful turkey. Nothing worked. The translation didn't make it. The production did not gel although the cast seemed talented. From the summary I saw, it is supposed... continued

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Website

http://www.act-sf.org/0910/phedre/index.html

Quotes & Highlights

A smoldering tale of erotic obsession" —Backstage.com
“Brilliant . . . it’s dazzling. This is work of the highest caliber. If you want to see a fine tragic actress at the height of her powers tackling one of the great dramatic roles in the canon, now is your chance.” —Toronto Star
“Intelligent . . . McKenna holds the Canadian patent on Greek tragedy.” —National Post
“McKenna gives a strong performance, treading the arc of her character’s descent into madness and more with sure-footed skill. . . . Perloff imposes an elegant sense of understatement on the high drama of the tale.” —Toronto Sun

Description

Tales of illicit passion weave through ancient power struggles as the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival joins A.C.T. for this gripping premiere. Making her West Coast debut, internationally acclaimed Stratford actor Seana McKenna portrays the legendary Phèdre, the wife of King Theseus. As passions erupt, will her desire for a younger man overwhelm her duty to her husband, her son, and her kingdom? A new adaptation by Timberlake Wertenbaker (A.C.T.‘s Hecuba and Antigone, __Our Country’s Good__), Phèdre is a potent mix of rich poetry, political intrigue, and sexual jealousy.