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6192 Star Starred
A.C.T.
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-749-2228
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 22 members
Review from Goldstar Member

I usually really enjoy the productions at A.C.T., but this one simply was not up the par.... at all. The main problem was the script and the direction. The actors seemed to be doing their best with the material, but even great actors can get lost...continued

reviewed Jan 15 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

I agree with the other review listed. This isn't up to par with a lot of ACT productions. I found that some of the places that there was a little laughter actually helped it. Both my partner and I fell asleep for a few minutes each. It just wasn't...continued

reviewed Jan 15 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from harry dixon

A pitiful turkey. Nothing worked. The translation didn't make it. The production did not gel although the cast seemed talented. From the summary I saw, it is supposed to have four intermission. This production had none. So having been...continued

reviewed Feb 06 2010 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

A smoldering tale of erotic obsession" —Backstage.com
“Brilliant . . . it’s dazzling. This is work of the highest caliber. If you want to see a fine tragic actress at the height of her powers tackling one of the great dramatic roles in the canon, now is your chance.” —Toronto Star
“Intelligent . . . McKenna holds the Canadian patent on Greek tragedy.” —National Post
“McKenna gives a strong performance, treading the arc of her character’s descent into madness and more with sure-footed skill. . . . Perloff imposes an elegant sense of understatement on the high drama of the tale.” —Toronto Sun

Description

Tales of illicit passion weave through ancient power struggles as the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival joins A.C.T. for this gripping premiere. Making her West Coast debut, internationally acclaimed Stratford actor Seana McKenna portrays the legendary Phèdre, the wife of King Theseus. As passions erupt, will her desire for a younger man overwhelm her duty to her husband, her son, and her kingdom? A new adaptation by Timberlake Wertenbaker (A.C.T.‘s Hecuba and Antigone, __Our Country’s Good__), Phèdre is a potent mix of rich poetry, political intrigue, and sexual jealousy.

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