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Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108
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"Suddenly Last Summer"
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4.3 average rating
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26 reviews
67 stars
attended Mar 27 2010

Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer was great! Joyce Henderson's Mrs. Venable, Mark Bird's Dr. Cukrowtiz and Larissa Holly's Catherine were stellar.

I loved the set. It was hot and cool at the same time. I could feel the tension build...continued

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attended Feb 25 2010

This is a fascinating play that doesn't get produced all that often, compared to other Williams pieces. If you're only familiar with the camp melodrama of the movie, go see this production. It gets so much more of everything we love Williams for,...continued

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attended Feb 19 2010

The theatre is charming and intimate. The actors were superb and engaging. The play itself...well it's Tennessee Williams...that speaks for itself.
This was my first time seeing a play at the Actors Theatre and I plan on going back again and...continued

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One of Tennessee Williams’ finest and most famous plays, Suddenly Last Summer is a psychological gothic drama set on a summer evening in the garden district of New Orleans in the late 1930s.

The poet Sebastian Venable, is dead. His traveling companion and cousin, Catherine Holly (Larissa Archer), believes she has witnessed “something unspeakable.” Sebastian’s mother (Joyce Henderson) secures the support of Dr. Cukrowicz (Mark Bird) from the State Psychiatric Hospital in an attempt to “preserve the memory and reputation of her son.” As an investigation into the mysterious death of her son unfolds, Mrs. Venable goes to extraordinary lengths to stop Catherine from telling her version of the events of the previous summer.

The ATSF production is directed by Christian Phillips, designed by James Baldock and Biz Duncan and features a veteran cast that includes Larissa Archer, Mark Bird, Delinda Dane, Martha Foster, Joyce Henderson, Joe Napoli and Carol Robinson.