Venue Details

1673 Star Starred
A.C.T.
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-749-2228
Venue website Get directions
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.
Old Hats info Sep 29 2014 star this tip starred
View All 1532 Tips

Reviews & Ratings

164 ratings
3.9 average rating
  • 0
    5
  • 0
    4
  • 0
    3
  • 0
    2
  • 0
    1
S. Craig Red Velvet
286 events
114 reviews
24 stars
attended Sep 20 2006

Challenging theater. Hilariously Funny! Pure Stoppard

star this review starred report as inappropriate
138 events
46 reviews
4 stars
194 events
8 reviews
38 stars
attended Sep 23 2006

The sound was poor and the actors spoke quickly with an accent, so I couldn't understand half of what was said. I left at interimssion.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
View All 6 Reviews
More Information

Website

http://www.act-sf.org

Description

One of the Bay Area’s favorite playwrights, Tony and Academy award winner Tom Stoppard is a consummate artist whose collaborations with A.C.T. deliver rich rewards at every outing. His 1974 comedy Travesties begins with a simple fact: during World War I, James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin, and Tristan Tzara all happened to be living in the neutral oasis of Zurich, Switzerland. From that historical premise, Stoppard’s recipe for freewheeling dramatic fun takes over. Travesties throws the three geniuses together in the same research library, adds a dash of irony, a pinch of romantic intrigue, a generous helping of Oscar Wilde references, and voila! With this delightful riff on the skittish friendship between art and revolution, Stoppard takes us inside the wildest minds of the 20th century and leaves us breathless.