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1662 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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fogcitygal
The cookies that they sell for $2 each are completely hard and stale.
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fogcitygal
You're wasting your money to sit in the balcony at this theater. The rack of lights attached to the front of the balcony blocks the view of those in the front row, so they lean forward at the edge of their seats to see action at the front of the stage. The balcony is VERY steeply raked, so when they lean forward, a ripple effect occurs where the people in the second row also lean forward to try to see around the heads of the people in the front row who are now blocking their view, and so on and so on. If those in the front row are inconsiderate jerks, they stay leaned forward through the entire show, and no one behind them can see. Absolute sightline FAIL. The lighting rig needs to be redesigned!!! The owners of this theater don't give a crap about screwing over balcony patrons. I politely asked the usher to ask the people in the front row to sit back, and he point-blank refused to do so.
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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 to be doing their best with the material, but even great actors can get lost...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 it. Both my partner and I fell asleep for a few minutes each. It just wasn't...continued

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37 reviews
26 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 to have four intermission. This production had none. So having been...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.