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82 Star Starred
Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 38 members
Review from ella
19 events 3 reviews

Excellent deep play (thought provoking too) and superb acting! Not too long, captivating till the very last minute. Highly recommend!

reviewed Jul 26 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Allen Wagner.
170 events 76 reviews

Acting was very well done. I can only wonder what Sam Shepard's family-life was like - having now seen this and "Buried Child" at the same theater (no easy-going affair I'll bet).

reviewed Aug 09 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Jennifer
48 events 4 reviews

The theater was such an intimate space, the actors are top-quality, comparable to ACT actors. Fabulous production, creepy but also full of dark humor. Highly recommended!

reviewed Jul 17 2008 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

‘‘Fool for Love is a western for our time. We watch a pair of figurative gunslingers fight to the finish—not with bullets, but with piercing words that give ballast to the weight of a nation’s buried dreams.’’ —Frank Rich, New York_ Times_


_Fool for Love _is the love tragedy of Eddie and May:  the gutless guilt and shame that tear them apart and the ill-fated connection that bind them together.  When Eddie and May fell in love, they had no idea how a father’s double life would turn true love into tragedy.  Eddie, escaping from his affair with “the countess”, returns to reclaim his love and cowboy life.  He finds the broken, ruthless pieces of his girl, May, in a cheap motel room at the edge of the Mojave Desert trying to move on with the harsh realities of her situation.   While May’s new boyfriend, Martin, gets caught in the middle, we witness ghosts of the past intertwine with the present to bring the story full circle.  The characters sort through the emotional tumult of their lives in a power struggle where identity is vague, time is cyclical, and memories are idealized and altered to suit the needs of the dreamer.

Shepard wrote Fool for Love shortly after breaking up with his wife O-Lan to be with Jessica Lange. In a letter to his friend and virtuoso collaborator, Joe Chaikin, Shepard described his play, Fool for Love as “the outcome of all this tumultuous feeling I’ve been going through this past year…it’s a very emotional play and in some ways embarrassing for me to witness but somehow necessary at the same time.” Few writers manage to elevate higher than the sensationalism of confessional drama, but Shepard’s allegory for his own loss and love rises above and provides us with an intensely powerful personal drama that draws us in with its manic depiction of ill-fated love.

Featuring: Alessandro Garcia as Eddie, Joe Madero as the Old Man, Tim Meehan as Martin, and Premstar Santana as May.

Directed by Jean Shelton. Set and Lighting design by Biz Duncan. Costume design by James Baldock.

<em>Eclipsed</em> <em>Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin</em> Yoshi's Oakland Balé Folclórico da Bahia <em>Betroffenheit</em> <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em>