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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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"The Orphan of Zhao"
182 ratings
4.2 average rating
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Thomas O'Leary Red Velvet
196 events
80 reviews
19 stars
attended Jun 04 2014

Another fine scenic design by Daniel Ostling surrounding a strained production of an essentially boring, hyper emotional story. The banal dialogue made a cast of mostly fine actors seem like semi-amatures working very hard at their larger than...continued

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29 reviews
7 stars
attended Jun 10 2014

The play relies on cultural assumptions about sacrifice and absolute loyalty that are so different from modern western society's that they are hard to understand or accept. But unlike my seatmate, I could suspend my disbelief, and found Orphan...continued

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9 reviews
13 stars
attended Jun 05 2014

This is a classic Chinese play. Yes, on the surface the dialog might seem awkward and stage-performance like. The story might seem overtly emotional. But if you actually consider the cultural context of China, the ancient teachings of loyalty...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

  • “Haunting … [a] drama hewn out of a myth that speaks across the centuries.” —The Guardian
  • “An emotionally piercing marvel.” —The Times of London

Description

New adaptation by James Fenton
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring BD Wong

In the aftermath of a violent coup, an epic story of self-sacrifice and revenge plays out as a young orphan discovers the shattering truth behind his origins.

Running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission.