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near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Colibri, directly across the street from the theater, is great for dinner before the show. Tasty tapas to share.
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ACT's theater is grand but you would think they would up date the seat size and leg room. Buy standing tickets if your over six feet tall..
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"Curse of the Starving Class"
81 ratings
3.8 average rating
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102 reviews
213 stars
attended Apr 29 2008

wonderful cast
even the water sports in the 1st act works

don't miss this Shepard play
- It moves you and is so very topical to whats happening
in 2008 -- Loved this show

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attended Apr 29 2008

The play was painfully boring until intermission. We don't know if it picked up after that because we left. Adding to this experience, we also were very unhappy with the seating. Even though much better seats in same price category were still...continued

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220 reviews
185 stars
attended May 07 2008

No doubt that Sam Shepard is talented, but one very sharp character with great comedic value does not a great night of theater make. The language and nudity warnings seem like a lot of dramatic fluff for a story that is familiar at best and boring...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Fierce and funny . . . a savage parody” —New York Times
“Epic, unpredictable and deliriously ironic” —The Village Voice
“Compelling, explosive theater” —Los Angeles Times


Sam Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class is given a newly revised staging by bold, young American director Peter DuBois, the new artistic director of Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company.

A farmhouse somewhere in the American West is inhabited by a mysterious refrigerator, a redemptive kitchen table and the members of the Tate family, each of whom has plans to sell the house and pursue their dreams. They may have more than enough to eat, but not enough to satisfy their hunger for the elusive American Dream.

Sam Shepard is one of America’s finest playwrights. He has won the Obie Award (11 times), the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, and has been inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for his achievements as a playwright, screenplay writer and actor. He has written 45 plays and four screenplays, and has appeared in nearly 20 films.