Venue Details

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.
Old Hats info Sep 29 2014 star this tip starred
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
0 stars
attended Sep 06 2007

I have seen other versions of Sweeny Todd before, but after seeing John Doyle's version, I have no doubt that it remains Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece. The staging allows the audience to truly feel they are with the actors, and the horror of the...continued

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7 reviews
24 stars
attended Sep 01 2007

Despite being on the Second Balcony looking down, it was a good production. I could hear what they were singing/saying most of the time except for just the begining when they were singing. I'm not too sure the reason he was sent to prision and...continued

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Len
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attended Sep 06 2007

One of the worst uninspired shows I have ever seen.

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Quotes & Highlights

Winner of two 2006 Tony Awards
“One helluva show!” —New York Times
“In this dark and dazzling reinvention, Sweeney Todd stakes its claim as the gold standard for the next hundred years.” —Rolling Stone

Description

The hit Broadway revival of Sondheim’s musical thriller arrives at A.C.T.. In this visionary and reimagined production of Sweeney Todd, the legendary demon barber of Fleet Street still serves up his justice vigilante-style, but director John Doyle has created an edgier, stripped-down staging of Sondheim’s masterpiece complete with a multitalented cast of actors playing all the instruments onstage. The intimate result delivers wicked pleasure in a chilling evening of theater that “burrows into your thoughts with a poisoned seductiveness” (New York Times). With its naughty humor and infectious melodies, Sweeney Todd knows how to show you a bloody good time!

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Hugh Wheeler

Directed and designed by John Doyle