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San Francisco Playhouse
Between Powell and Mason Streets. 450 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 79 members
Review from TheaterLuvrSF
Red Velvet 262 events 180 reviews

Before the play I wasn't sure what it could be about, Bengal tigers and the Baghdad Zoo? After the play, I'm still not sure what it was about. Anti-War? Greed? Racism? Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed the play, when viewed as a series of skits...continued

reviewed Oct 04 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Theatre Fan
Red Velvet 157 events 139 reviews

Loved the play - unique, weird and compelling. Good sound and direction. Excellent acting by most of the cast.

Bill English - I implore you: PLEASE change your preshow speech. The first time I heard it, I was impressed, even touched; the...continued

reviewed Oct 26 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Sally
Red Velvet 195 events 106 reviews

I enjoyed the production, but not sure I totally understood what message it was trying to convey. The performances were good, and of course, the horrors of war were apparent, but I couldn't get immersed in the story.
The theater is a joy, all...continued

reviewed Oct 08 2013 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“It’s funny. It’s poignant, sometimes both at once … for all its intriguing, even inspiring spiritual and moral questions, the most immediate lesson to be learned here is: Never, ever stick your arm in a tiger’s cage.” -San Francisco Chronicle
“Joseph is a beautiful writer. The story and the characters twist and turn. At the end of Act One there is no way to guess what will happen in Act Two. In the end, we are left with the only explanation of human behavior that has ever made any sense: ‘You get hungry, you get stupid.’ And we get it from the mouth of a tiger.” -SF Theater Blog
“Through performances and design, director Bill English creates a provocative world that allows the poetry of the dead and the garish reality of the living to blend in surprising, moving and perplexing ways.” -Theater Dogs
“The production values, set, costumes and props are first-rate. The cast is absolutely committed to a challenging script … it’s hard to imagine a more ferocious performance than Marchetti’s.” -Bay Area Reporter


By Rajiv Joseph

Directed by Bill English

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