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1678 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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Goldstar Member Red Velvet
115 events
90 reviews
3 stars
attended Feb 18 2010

John Doyle has created a mess of a production. It is played for comedy and not in a clever way. He seems to have taken the view that audiences are unintelligent and have a very limited attention span. Many of the people sitting around me left...continued

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2 reviews
1 stars
attended Feb 19 2010

I had high hopes for this play, after seeing Sweeney Todd, and knowing that this is one of the most famous plays by Brecht. What a disappointment. I understand that the contemporary/ minimalist take was intentional, it was not what I expected, in...continued

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1 review
3 stars
attended Feb 19 2010

Very bad production. Nothing to do with Brecht's message

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Website

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

Quotes & Highlights

“John Doyle is ferociously inventive.” —New York Times

Description

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht

Translated by Domenique Lozano

Directed and designed by John Doyle

Original music by Nathaniel Stookey

Visionary director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company on Broadway) returns to A.C.T. to stage a spectacular new interpretation of Brecht’s masterpiece of hope, humanity, and justice. Featuring Doyle’s signature theatricality and original music from acclaimed avant-garde composer Nathaniel Stookey (The Composer Is Dead, Junkestra), this must-see production finds an intrepid company of actors creating the play from the rubble of a war-torn society. Objects turn into set pieces, discarded articles of clothing become costumes, and shrapnel is transformed into musical instruments. In this brand-new translation, The Caucasian Chalk Circle soars with humor, romance, unexpected plot twists, and high-stakes intensity.