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The Gough Street Playhouse
1620 Gough St San Francisco, CA 94109
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 30 members
Review from Hllywd
Red Velvet 866 events 436 reviews

I liked this play. Agree that the first act was better than the second and that it was a bit long. I did find it somewhat confusing when some of the cast played multiple characters. It was not quite as clear as it could have been. Thought the...continued

reviewed Oct 04 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from No name
Red Velvet 139 events 110 reviews

The first act of the play is very good and very funny. The second act was on life support. The lead is miscast except for the scenes when she is expounding about art history in the current time. The only actor who seemed able to inhabit his...continued

reviewed Oct 11 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from NobhillTreehouseSF
Red Velvet 92 events 25 reviews

Me: 3-3 1/2 Stars GF: 4 Stars- She wins.
I agree with other reviewers that the lead was difficult to warm to; I
think it had to do with the physicality of the younger period. But one
can see why she was cast: her ability to plow through...continued

reviewed Oct 02 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Ruth Ann Jones
Red Velvet 36 events 8 reviews

Well known playwright, Wendy Wasserstein, has written a very timely play about an independent, well educated woman growing up in the 60's - 80's. I have to believe other theater troops have performed it better for this play to still be popular. ...continued

reviewed Sep 26 2009 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

The Heidi Chronicles is winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“(an) interesting, thoughtful evening in the theater … an excellent choice” —TheatreWorld Internet Magazine


In this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, a chronicle of one woman’s life becomes a universal story that speaks to anyone who’s ever looked for happiness on the road less traveled.

We first meet Heidi Holland, soon-to-be successful art historian and essayist, as a girl at a high school dance in 1960’s, already not willing to be what others expect of her.   As we travel her life’s road, we find her battle for independence and self-fulfillment must survive woman’s collectives in the 70’s, power lunches in the 80s, and the alienation of the 90’s.  Through all of this, Heidi  is driven to find joy and satisfaction, but always on her terms, trying to maintain what “makes her a person” as others try to make her what they want her to be.

Luckily, she has her friends: the unpredictable Susan, the witty, gay doctor Peter, and her charismatic on-again off-again lover Scoop, who give humor and support as they too quest for success in their own way.   In “The Heidi Chronicles,” we learn, “our friends are our family”. 

Custom Made moves to the Next Stage (Gough and Bush Streets) attached to the historic Trinity Church, with a new production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Wasserstein play, which the company previously produced in 2006. During that run, which broke box office records and was repeatedly extended, the SF Weekly said it was “a distinct joy to watch an excellent script performed with passion” and the Bay Times exhorted “don’t miss it!”

This production will once again surprise those who know the play more for its reputation as an artistic and cultural milestone. Wendy Wasserstein was a steadfastly honest observer of society, and her work is personal and provocative. Through a continuously hilarious inundation of clever, wry and sometimes self-deprecating quips, this play examines self-awareness outside of societal expectations and celebrates the power of the individual.

Custom Made executive director and co-founder, Leah Abrams, once again stars as Heidi. Of her highly acclaimed performance three years ago, the Bay Times said, “the actress and the role blend subtly and beautifully.” Also returning to the play are Fred Pitts as “Peter” and company member Jessica Rudholm.  Kelly Rinehart joins Custom Made for the first time as “Susan” and popular San Francisco director, actor and playwright, Dan Wilson takes on the charmingly arrogant “Scoop.” Heidi’s world is filled out with a multitude of characters played by Juliet Heller, Roselyn Hallett and Tavis Kammet.

Returning to direct the show is Artistic Director, Brian Katz. He has directed over thirty productions at Custom Made, including the noted “Bye-Bye, bin Laden!” (top ten shows— SFBG), “Assassins” (SFBG, Talkin’ Broadway best-of) and “A New Brian” (Talkin’ Broadway). Sets and lights are designed by Technical Director, Marci Ring; costumes are by Bessie DeLucci (“Mr. Marmalade”); Katherine Schroeder (“Putting it Together”)will stage manage the piece; and “The Heidi Chronicles” will feature paintings by Nicola McCarthy (over a half-dozen scenic designs for the company including “Slavs!”, “Mr. Marmalade”, and “A New Brain”).

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