Theater announces 2007-08 season

American Conservatory Theater has announced its upcoming 41st season, which opens Aug. 30 with one of the company’s most anticipated productions, the West Coast premiere of the Tony Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

N. Richard Nash’s classic “The Rainmaker,” a fable about a con man and a girl, follows, running Oct. 25 through Nov. 25.

David Mamet’s biting show-business satire “Speed-the-Plow” runs Jan. 4, 2008 through Feb. 3.

A revival of Athol Fugard’s “The Blood Knot,” one of the master playwright’s early works, opens Feb. 8, 2007, while Nikolai Gogol’s political parody “The Government Inspector,” directed by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff, will be onstage beginning March 20.

The 30th anniversary revival of Sam Shepard’s “Curse of the Starving Class” (part of Shepard’s family trilogy that includes “Buried Child” and “True West”), opens April 27, 2008.

Perloff also directs a rare revival of John Ford’s “’Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” a Jacobean tale about a brother and sister who love each other romantically. The show opens June 5, 2008.

Most performances are at the ACT Theater at 415 Geary St., San Francisco. Subscriptions for the new season, now available, are $101 to $570. Single tickets for individual productions go on sale Aug. 5. For information, call (415) 749-2250 or visit www.act-sf.org.

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