Unquestionably one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century, the late Harold Pinter almost inevitably invokes the word “dark” as an adjective for his plays. On Monday at the Herbst Theatre, stage and screen actor Julian Sands seeks to expose other facets of the complex Nobel Prize-winning author, actor and director. Read More
For starters, the set — layers of clutter and grime beneath a slanted skylight (designer, Eileen Diss) — is auspicious.
Tom Lishman’s surround-sound effects, of thunderous passing underground trains and cooing pigeons, are equally carefully considered.
The stage is awash in an appropriately dismal gray light (by Colin Grenfell). Read More
The tenuous relationship between two brothers, one mentally challenged, and the vagrant who enters their lives is the setting for Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker,” which opens next week at the Curran Theatre with award-winning Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce.It’s been a long time since Pryce has visited San Francisco. Read More
When the American Conservatory Theater curtain rises to reveal the slightly angled set — a dimly lit, cavernous room, so dingy you can almost smell the mildew; an imposing staircase leading to unimaginable activities above — you know you’re in vintage Pinterland, that slightly seedy place where human relationships are glimpsed in midstream, unpredictable and ominous. Read More
“He is the reason I am in the theater,” Carey Perloff says of the late Harold Pinter.Perloff, director of American Conservatory Theater since 1991, is at the helm of her company’s production opening next week of the Nobel laureate writer’s 1964 “The Homecoming,” which won a 1967 Tony Award for Best Play. Read More
American Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff has one answer to two questions about the company’s upcoming 44th season, which was announced today.
The questions are: What is different about the season — running Sept. 16 through July 10, 2011 — and how does the current vitriolic political climate influence her choice of plays? Read More