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near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
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Great reasonable Thai restaurant across the street fro the theatre
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We parked at the Marriott which is highly recommended and very close by.
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"Gem of the Ocean"
176 ratings
4.2 average rating
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89 reviews
17 stars
attended Feb 12 2006

Great acting but a bit slow. maybe a little didactic for my taste.

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28 reviews
9 stars
attended Feb 25 2006

Had a wonderful time - the theater was magnificent and our seats were great. The play was very rich and timely, with a strong finish.

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23 reviews
10 stars
attended Feb 26 2006

What a masterpiece! The transaction could not have been smoother! Thank you. Lindsay

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Quotes & Highlights

“Luminous…Wilson is at the top of his form. There are few playwrights who can touch him.”  —New York Times


What does freedom feel like? A Tony Award nominee for best play in 2005, August Wilson’s _Gem of the Ocean _delves into the magical awakening of Citizen, a man seeking a new life at the bustling home of 287-year-old Aunt Ester. Ester, the fiery and spiritual matriarch of a tight-knit group of local characters, sets Citizen off on a journey that gives testament to the incredible complexity of what it really means to be free.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, whose 2002 hit _Lackawanna Blues _was recently adapted by HBO Films, directs this new A.C.T. production. No stranger to Wilson’s oeuvre, Santiago-Hudson originated the role of Caesar in Broadway’s _Gem of the Ocean _and received the 1996 Tony Award for his performance in Wilson’s Seven Guitars.