Cormac McCarthy's The Sunset Limited Makes its West Coast Premiere at the SF Playhouse
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See several great shows next year -- or give the gift of live theater to a loved one -- with this four-ticket flex pass to San Francisco Playhouse, one of the fastest-growing local theaters in the city. You'll get four tickets total, to use as you see fit for any of SF Playhouse's 2014 lineup, which includes Storefront Church by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt); Jerusalem, which was a major hit in London; Bauer, the incredible true story of artist Rudolf Bauer, who survived imprisonment by the Nazis and became the inspiration for the Guggenheim museum; Seminar, Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck's provocative comedy; and Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical that reveals what happens to fairy tale characters after "happily ever after." With your flex pass, you can choose to use all four tickets on one play (your lucky guests will be thrilled!), or you can divide your four tickets among different shows. However you choose to do it, there's a giant dose of entertainment in your future. Learn More
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Featured review from bwkbwk
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The entire show takes place in one simple setting, with just 2 actors.
However, the acting is superb, as is the storyline.
I was riveted and interested the entire time (about 1 and a half hours).
The show is all about the characters' discussions of life, death, and religion, with lots of differences of opinion.
Very thought provoking.
If you really liked the movie "My Dinner with Andre" for its thought-provoking conversation (even though the plot is very different from this show), you'll really like this play.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Sunset Limited Pulses with Urgency.... Lumbly makes the words sing… English stages the interplay as a tense psychological cat-and-mouse game and brings it to a compelling climax." --San Francisco Chronicle
- "It's brilliant theater and a breathtaking high-wire act…Director, actors, and playwright collaborate in creating a challenging, compelling, surprisingly suspenseful play." --San Francisco Examiner
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The theme of the SF Playhouse's 2010-2011 season is "Why Theatre?” said artistic director Bill English. “Why do we do theatre? How does theatre serve our community? Each of our selections for our eighth season will give a different answer to these questions. Based on the belief that mankind created theatre to serve a spiritual need in our community, our riskiest and most challenging season yet will ask us to face mankind’s deepest mysteries."
The season opens with one of the most powerful writers of our time, Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses, The Road, No Country for Old Men). The play, billed as “a novel in play form,” brings audiences into a startling encounter on a New York subway platform which leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where they engage in a brilliant verbal duel on a subject no less compelling than the meaning of life.
TV and film star Carl Lumbly (Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Alias, Cagney & Lacey) returns to the SF Playhouse to reunite with local favorite Charles Dean after having performed together in Berkeley Rep’s 1997 production of Macbeth.
Cormac McCarthy's first novel, The Orchard Keeper (1965), won a Faulkner Award, and subsequent grants and fellowships allowed him to continue writing novels while he lived in Tennessee and Texas. Although his subsequent novels Outer Dark (1968), Child of God (1973) and Suttree (1979) solidified his literary reputation, he was relatively unknown until 1985's Blood Meridian, a violent epic about the American West. During the '90s McCarthy, hailed as a prose stylist in the tradition of Hemingway and Faulkner, became famous for his literary Westerns called The Border Trilogy: All the Pretty Horses (1992), The Crossing (1994) and Cities on the Plain (1998). His other novels include No Country for Old Men (2005) and The Road (2006), both of which have been made into films.
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The aim of the SF Playhouse is to provide a creative home and inspiring environment where actors, directors, writers, designers and theater lovers converge to create works that celebrate the human spirit. Founded by Bill English and Susi Damilano in 2003, SF Playhouse is Union Square's intimate, professional theatre. Using professional actors and world-class design, the SF Playhouse -- which won the Bay Guardian's 2006 Best Off Broadway Theatre Award and about which the San Francisco Chronicle raved "San Francisco's newest theatre isn't just another tiny stage carved out of a storefront...it's an enticing introduction to a new company" -- has become an intimate theatre alternative to the traditional Union Square theatre fare, garnering 20 Bay Area Theatre Critic nominations in its first year.