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Major Barbara: January 8-February 2, 2014*

After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with a sumptuous production of one of his most rich and witty works.  Salvation Army Officer Major Barbara is deeply disillusioned when her struggling church accepts money from her estranged father—a wealthy munitions manufacturer.  The church’s new wealth is the poor’s ticket to salvation, but was it God or ‘gunpowder’ that made the difference?  Timely and topical, Shaw’s intriguing tangle of morality is a devilishly funny satire exploring themes of business, faith, family, and philanthropy. Coproduced with one of A.C.T.’s favorite Canadian collaborators, Major Barbara will be directed by Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum and features an international cast of both Canadian and American actors.

“Immensely entertaining! A comedy of manners that skewers upper-class pretensions and lower-class dishonesty. San Francisco Chronicle

Elegant, eloquent, and very funny The New York Times

A genteel firebomb of a play Variety

*Napoli: February 12-March 9, 2014 *

A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli (artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Vigil at A.C.T.) and Stratford Festival star Seana McKenna (Phèdre at A.C.T.) return to lead the cast of Napoli!, a hilarious new translation of Eduardo De Filippo’s poignant Italian comedy. During the chaotic days of World War II in Naples, an enterprising woman sets up a small-time black market business to keep her family afloat. She prospers, but maybe a bit too much—compelling her husband to ask hard questions about morality, civility, and the state of their society. De Filippo’s masterful blend of humor and pathos tells the story of an unforgettable and wildly entertaining family determined to survive at any cost.

Filled with earthy spirit and comic gusto The New York Times

[Barricelli is] gifted with one of the grand vocal instruments of the American theater. San Francisco Chronicle

  • Venus in Fur*: March 19-April 13, 2014*

After seducing New York audiences and critics as Broadway’s hottest date night! (Liz Smith) Venus in Fur arrives at A.C.T. in an electrifying new production. When a young actress auditions for a gifted but demanding playwright/director and she insists that he reads his adaptation of a classic novel about sexual domination with her, their encounter explodes into a playful, witty, and erotic game of cat and mouse, dangerously blurring the lines between fantasy and reality—and seduction and power.

Seriously smart and very funny . . . a suspense-packed study of the erotics of power. The New York Times

**A sexy and dangerous tango Time Out New York

  • The Suit: April 23-May 18, 2014*

When a husband catches his wife in the arms of her lover, the lover flees—but leaves his suit behind. As her penance, the husband makes his wife “treat the suit as an honored guest”; accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this simple yet surprising tale, set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action.     **

Brims with a gentle effervescence and musicality . . . [and] juicy, appetizing life. The New York Times *

**A bittersweet and beautifully performed fable New York Daily News

The Orphan of Zhao: June 4-29, 2014

The season expands to global dimensions with The Orphan of Zhao, James Fenton’s beautiful reinvention of a classic Chinese legend that has its roots back in the fourth century BCE. The inimitable stage and film star BD Wong (M. Butterfly, Law & Order: Special Victim Unit) will make his A.C.T. debut in this luminous production. In the aftermath of a violent coup, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge plays out as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his origins. Often described as the Chinese Hamlet, this gripping tale was the first Chinese play to be translated in the West and has inspired countless operas, plays, and movies.

Haunting . . . [a] drama hewn out of a myth that speaks across the centuries The Guardian

An emotionally piercing marvel The Times of London

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