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"Camino Real"
21 ratings
3.5 average rating
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8 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 24 2007

I'm from Manhattan and see a lot of theater. This is one of the few shows I've seen during my frequent trips to San Francisco that really meets a standard of excellence I'm used to in New York. Though the first act takes time to rev up, by the...continued

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attended Oct 17 2007

Great actors. Well staged given that 16 actors are needed. Inventive scenery, but story line was not to our liking.

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54 reviews
73 stars
attended Nov 08 2007

What an interesting production this is. All of the usual Tennessee Williams suspects (the hunk in a t-shirt, the good/bad women, the biting sarcasm) perfectly capture the feeling of a dream -- events happen, but all or portions may be re-run and...continued

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“There are people who think that Camino Real was Tennessee William’s best play and I believe that they are right. It is a play torn out of a human soul.” -Clive Barnes, New York Times


The story of Camino Real centers on the kaleidoscopic journeys of a cascade of archetypal characters through a dreamlike and surreal vision of purgatory. Don Quixote, “an unashamed victim of romantic folly”; the elegant and lost, Lord Byron; the aging beauty, Camille; the fading Casanova; the World War II inspired, always short-changed, but never without hope, fall guy, Kilroy; and a host of other desperate and brave outcasts and derelicts intermingle in a series of sixteen blocks on the Camino Real – wandering and wondering from the Royal Road to the Real Road searching for their place in life, their way out of purgatory.  The pageantry is controlled and directed by Gutman, the purveyor of the local luxury hotel, who prevents revolution and keeps the residents of this desperate place in isolation from each other with cheap thrills, gimick entertainment and sometimes brute force.  Those who cannot face reality or survive escape are quickly removed by the Street Cleaners.  But some will discover life is worth living.

Williams’ own past, his alcoholism and homosexuality, are deeply evident throughout his play; “It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses”, Williams wrote in the Foreword to Camino Real. 

Camino Real premiered on Broadway in 1953, directed by Elia Kazan.  Clive Barnes of The New York Times wrote, “There are people who think that Camino Real was Tennessee William’s best play and I believe that they are right. It is a play torn out of a human soul.”  It was revived in 1970 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center with roles played by Al Pacino and Jessica Tandy.  Camino Real has not been seen in the Bay Area since 1969 when it was produced at Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Actors Theatre Ensemble: James Baldock, Diana Brown, Giancarlo Campagna, Michael Carlisi, Nastasha Drobnica, Alessandro Garcia, Scott Agar Jaicks, Don Keenan, Rachel Klyce, John Krause, Tiffani Mitchell, Todd O’Connor, Christian Phillips, Dean Shreiner, Antonella Soldaini, Phaedra Starr

Design by: Biz Duncan, Rachel Klyce, James Baldock

About the Ticket Supplier: Actors Theatre of San Francisco

Founded in August of 1989 by a group of professional actors and directors who shared a common desire to produce ensemble theatre works, the founding members of the Actors Theatre of San Francisco committed themselves to creating a permanent repertory company whose work would reflect their ideals of ensemble theatre: a theatre where all the participants share the same artistic vision, have a unified approach to the rehearsal process and a desire to create revelatory theatre that surpasses their desire for individual gain. The founding members gave themselves no restriction as to style, content or period. Instead, they committed themselves to producing theatre that is designed to enlighten and illuminate the human condition.