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1659 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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22 reviews
18 stars
attended Jan 10 2009

This was an obscenely overproduced minor early effort by a playwright whose work I otherwise have admired greatly, structurally unbalanced and thematically scattered all over the map. It should have been left in the drawer. The many inside jokes...continued

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17 reviews
9 stars
attended Jan 09 2009

Sorely disappointed in the first half of the show - first time in a while I left the theater mad at the money I'd spent, especially given the
capabilities of the ensemble. Second half was MUCH better, but a number of audience members had left (no...continued

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68 reviews
50 stars
attended Jan 10 2009

What a disappointment. The show is a mess. After hearing how they have been working on improving it I would love to have seen how bad the original show was. But the redeeming quality is the performances. Thanks to Brooks Ashmanskas, Mary Birdsong,...continued

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Website

http://www.act-sf.org/089/richandfamous/index.html

Quotes & Highlights

“A bitingly funny satire by one of our theater’s most inventive playwrights.”_ -The New York Times_
“As pure comedy, Rich and Famous is like a funhouse maze.” _-Newsweek_

Description

Playwright Bing Ringling yearns to savor the sweet taste of celebrity, and he’s hoping play number 844 will be his lucky break. But on opening night, Bing slips into a nightmarish phantasmagoria that shows him just how wrong things can go. From the ingenious mind of John Guare, who brought Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves to the American stage, Rich and Famous springs to life with twisted humor, rapid-fire dialogue, and outrageous songs scribed by Guare himself.

John Rando (A.C.T.‘s Urinetown, The Musical and Broadway’s The Wedding Singer) directs this newly revised, delicious dark comedy in its first major revival since its 1976 New York debut. Brooks Ashmanskas, who was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and has appeared in The Producers and Gypsy_, takes on the role of Bing, starring alongside Mary Birdsong (_Reno 911! on Comedy Central, Hairspray on Broadway), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray and Into the Woods on Broadway), and A.C.T. core acting company member Gregory Wallace (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Government Inspector).