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A.C.T.
near the corner of Geary and Mason 415 Geary St. San Francisco, CA 94102
415-749-2228
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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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"Rich and Famous"
61 ratings
2.3 average rating
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22 reviews
18 stars
attended Jan 10 2009

This was an obscenely overproduced minor early effort by a playwright whose work I otherwise have admired greatly, structurally unbalanced and thematically scattered all over the map. It should have been left in the drawer. The many inside jokes...continued

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10 stars
attended Jan 09 2009

Sorely disappointed in the first half of the show - first time in a while I left the theater mad at the money I'd spent, especially given the
capabilities of the ensemble. Second half was MUCH better, but a number of audience members had left (no...continued

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90 reviews
93 stars
attended Jan 10 2009

What a disappointment. The show is a mess. After hearing how they have been working on improving it I would love to have seen how bad the original show was. But the redeeming quality is the performances. Thanks to Brooks Ashmanskas, Mary Birdsong,...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“A bitingly funny satire by one of our theater’s most inventive playwrights.”_ -The New York Times_
“As pure comedy, Rich and Famous is like a funhouse maze.” _-Newsweek_

Description

Playwright Bing Ringling yearns to savor the sweet taste of celebrity, and he’s hoping play number 844 will be his lucky break. But on opening night, Bing slips into a nightmarish phantasmagoria that shows him just how wrong things can go. From the ingenious mind of John Guare, who brought Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves to the American stage, Rich and Famous springs to life with twisted humor, rapid-fire dialogue, and outrageous songs scribed by Guare himself.

John Rando (A.C.T.‘s Urinetown, The Musical and Broadway’s The Wedding Singer) directs this newly revised, delicious dark comedy in its first major revival since its 1976 New York debut. Brooks Ashmanskas, who was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and has appeared in The Producers and Gypsy_, takes on the role of Bing, starring alongside Mary Birdsong (_Reno 911! on Comedy Central, Hairspray on Broadway), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray and Into the Woods on Broadway), and A.C.T. core acting company member Gregory Wallace (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Government Inspector).