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Eboni Flowers and James Udom, foreground, give moving performances in “Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts I, II and III.” (Courtesy American Conservatory Theater)

ACT’s ‘Father Comes Home’ a gripping Civil War epic

In Suzan-Lori Parks’ engrossing drama “Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts…

 

James Carpenter and Sarah Grace Wilson play the presumably odd couple in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “Heisenberg.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Much about ACT’s ‘Heisenberg’ feels very familiar

You don’t need to know anything about early-20th-century German physicist Werner Heisenberg’s…

 

Dan Clegg and Brenda Meaney appear in American Conservatory Theater’s West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem.” (Courtesy Kevin Bern)

Plentiful ideas, little heat in ACT’s ‘Hard Problem’

How engaging you find Tom Stoppard’s latest play, “The Hard Problem,” now…

 

Zak Resnick and Margo Seibert play a couple in transition in “The Last Five Years.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

An uneven uncoupling in ACT’S ‘Last Five Years’

Time works in mysterious ways in “The Last Five Years.” Jason Robert…

Zak Resnick and Margo Seibert play a couple in transition in “The Last Five Years.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Ogie Zulueta appears in “Remember the I-Hotel,” a one-act play based on a story by Lysley Tenorio and onstage at American Conservatory Theater’s Strand. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

ACT’s ‘Monstress’ captures Filipino immigrant experience

The two short stories by San Francisco writer Lysley Tenorio, “Monstress” and…

Ogie Zulueta appears in “Remember the I-Hotel,” a one-act play based on a story by Lysley Tenorio and onstage at American Conservatory Theater’s Strand. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
COURTESY KEVIN BERNEKen Ruta plays the Ghost of Jacob Marley in American Conservatory Theater’s 2014 production of “A Christmas Carol.”

ACT's ‘Christmas Carol’ a fine holiday tradition

As it does every December, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater is staging…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEKen Ruta plays the Ghost of Jacob Marley in American Conservatory Theater’s 2014 production of “A Christmas Carol.”
COURTESY KEVIN BERNESeana McKenna and Marco Barricelli appear in “Napoli!” — a dramedy about Italians making the most of the black market in the mid-1940s

World War II-era Italy comes to life in ACT’s ‘Napoli!’

War is hell for the soldiers called up to fight in “Napoli!”…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNESeana McKenna and Marco Barricelli appear in “Napoli!” — a dramedy about Italians making the most of the black market in the mid-1940s
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The play’s the thing

The Bay Area theater scene doesn’t rest in summer — on the…

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War through a soldier’s eyes

“Black Watch” has been taking audiences by storm ever since its 2006…

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Courtesy PhotoJulius Ahn is excellent as a Chinese food deliveryman

ACT’s ‘Stuck Elevator’ pushes buttons

Like its undocumented protagonist struggling to find a place in the city…

Courtesy PhotoJulius Ahn is excellent as a Chinese food deliveryman
Courtesy PhotoOpera singer Julius Ahn plays a deliveryman stranded for days in ACT’s “Stuck Elevator.”

‘Stuck Elevator’ explores downs of Chinese immigrant experience

The term “boxed in” takes on new meaning in the world premiere…

Courtesy PhotoOpera singer Julius Ahn plays a deliveryman stranded for days in ACT’s “Stuck Elevator.”
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‘Dead Metaphor’ a zinging political comedy

“So – what do you see yourself doing in five years?” It’s…

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Courtesy PhotoSusan Blommaert and Reggie Gowland plays a grandmother and grandson sharing an apartment in ACT’s appealing production of “4000 Miles.”

‘4000 Miles’ reveals beauty of everyday people

Sometimes it’s possible to be captivated by a play about ordinary people…

Courtesy PhotoSusan Blommaert and Reggie Gowland plays a grandmother and grandson sharing an apartment in ACT’s appealing production of “4000 Miles.”

‘Tosca’: from opera to café to musical

“Conjuring a world in which love, betrayal and hope emerge from the…

ACT brings Brecht to life

Surely German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s lengthy, epic satires with music, packed as…