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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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"Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet"
34 ratings
4.6 average rating
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155 reviews
39 stars
attended Nov 02 2010

It's a charming show - slight, but entertaining - IF you sit in, say, the first half of the orchestra. Like so many shows at ACT, if you sit far away, you may as well stay home: the show does not fill the large house by any stretch of the...continued

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88 reviews
88 stars
attended Oct 30 2010

Great production with an excellent cast. This is a author to watch out for. Very smart and entertaining. I did not get to see the first two of the trilogy and I wish I did. but do not miss this production. It stands on its' own.

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321 stars
attended Nov 20 2010

I only got to see 2 of the 3 plays in the trilogy by Tarell Alvin McCraney but enjoyed them both, probably The Brothers Size just a little better than this show. Loved the sets, costumes and video projection of this production. Actors were all...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“One of the most exciting new voices in the American theater since the arrival of Tony Kushner” —San Francisco Chronicle
“[McCraney] writes with a passion and urgency that can’t be faked.”—The New York Times
“The greatest piece of writing by an American playwright under 30 in a generation or more.” —Chicago Tribune
“These are spiritual works that thrum with vitality, whether it’s joyous or melancholy, told in vigorous language that artfully folds together slangy vernacular with bursts of haunting poetry.” —Variety


Marcus is 16 and “sweet.” Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the projects of Louisiana, the currents of his life converge, overflowing into his close-knit community and launching the search for his sexual and personal identity on a cultural landscape infused with mysterious family creeds. The provocative, poignant, and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South, Marcus is the stirring conclusion of __The Brother/Sister Plays.

__A deeply personal play for McCraney, Marcus resonates beautifully on its own and also functions as a poetic and moving culmination of the trilogy. In the play, Marcus, one of the youngest members of the families that populate the first two plays of the trilogy, must come to terms with his own identity and, in McCraney’s words, “explore his thread in the tapestry of his community.” It is the largest in scope of the three plays that make up the trilogy and will receive an imaginative production on the beautiful American Conservatory Theater stage. The power of Marcus’s dreams will come to life with evocative video projections (designed by Alex V. Nichols) that transform the very simple set created by OBIE Award–winning scenic designer Loy Arcenas (Curse of the Starving Class and The Invention of Love for A.C.T.). The creative team also includes costume designer Lydia Tanji (who designed the costumes for the other two plays in the Bay Area trilogy), lighting designer James F. Ingalls, and sound designer Andre Pluess.