Venue Details

The Custom Made Theatre Co. at Gough Street Playhouse
at Bush 1620 Gough St. San Francisco, CA 94109
415-798-2682
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 44 members
Hllywd
Review from Hllywd
Red Velvet 925 events 450 reviews

I would give this a 3.5 as the lead actor was very engaging and talented. I certainly kept my focus on him. This topic is deep so you must be alert and awake to really enjoy and think about what they are saying. His evil "devil on his shoulder"...continued

reviewed Apr 03 2009 report as inappropriate
PRyder
Review from PRyder
Red Velvet 46 events 4 reviews

The ideas behind this play are wonderful and are brought to life by a dedicated cast. The space--while cramped is well used and the play moves along with some clever moments and insights. Oppenheimer is brought out in the cross fire of so many...continued

reviewed May 02 2009 report as inappropriate
Marty Nemko
Review from Marty Nemko
105 events 62 reviews

Good acting but I am sick of the endless parade of male-bashing plays that Bay Area theatre companies elect to produce.. In this one, the most brilliant physicists in the world are portrayed as a bunch of mindless Dr. Strangeloves, complete with...continued

reviewed Apr 01 2009 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“Kreitzer has a huge vision… Oppenheimer is superb theater.” -_The Cincinnati Enquirer _
“So much brilliance, ambivalence, ego, history, myth, science, moral argument, emotional heat, poetry and sheer dazzling theatricality are compressed into Oppenheimer… by the time it is all over, you might easily feel you’ve been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.” _-Chicago Sun-Times_

Description

“Do I dare disturb the universe?”

J. Robert Oppenheimer’s rise and fall erupt in this kaleidoscopic play, exploring questions of faith, conscience, and the consequences of the never-ending pursuit of knowledge.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the UC Berkeley Professor who led the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, is certainly one of the most controversial scientific figures of the 20th century.  A true Renaissance man who read Sanskrit, quoted the Bhagavad-Gita, and was both responsible for the atomic bomb and then the movement against further development of it after the defeat of Japan, has been the subject of hundreds of books, films and parables about the role of scientist in modern society.  His motives have been questioned, his relationships subject to gossip, and he is both praised and reviled for the hell unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In the Rosenthal New Play Prize-winning drama, Carson Kreitzer has put Oppenheimer in a post-modern, fantastic and thought-provoking piece of magical realism, wrapped in biography.  From his first moment on the stage, appearing before the board that will revoke his security clearance for Communist ties, Oppenheimer is haunted by the biblical demon, Lilith, herself cast out to wander the universe when she refused to lie down to the powers that be.

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