American Conservatory Theater

‘Great Leap’ mixes hoops and hopes at ACT

Politics, culture clashes and generational divides are recurring themes for playwright Lauren…

 

Nigerian family’s conflicting emotions fuel ‘Her Portmanteau’

There’s an exquisite scene in the middle of “Her Portmanteau,” playwright Mfoniso…

 

MacKinnon kicks off ACT tenure with Albee’s striking ‘Seascape’

What longtime American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff was to British…

 

Wild, wonderful women take charge in ACT’s ‘Men on Boats’

The high points of history have always tended to feature men –…

ACT’s ‘Sweat’ compassionately deconstructs American Dream

“Three generations of loyalty to the same company,” says Stan (Rod Gnapp),…

ACT’s musical ‘Walk on the Moon’ resembles the movie

American Conservatory Theater’s new musical “A Walk on the Moon” sticks closely…

‘Walk on the Moon’ ripe for musical treatment

When screenwriter Pamela Gray was approached about turning her 1999 film “A…

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

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

Much about ACT’s ‘Heisenberg’ feels very familiar

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

‘Vietgone’ a funny, touching immigrant experience tale

Immigration is such a hot-button issue these days, it’s hard to find…

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

The theater season serves up major tours, offbeat experiments, musicals, comedy and…

ACT masters nuances in Pinter’s ‘Birthday Party’

The second act of the late British playwright Harold Pinter’s three-act play…

Louie Anderson moves memoir from page to stage

When comedian Louie Anderson decided to bring his bestselling 1989 memoir “Dear…

Silent retreat inspires Bess Wohl’s ‘Small Mouth Sounds’

At first, playwright Bess Wohl was a spy in the house of…

John Douglas Thompson scores with subtlety in ACT’s ‘Hamlet’

Recent performance practice seems to demand that every Hamlet go ballistic. No…

‘Night with Janis’ doesn’t get to the heart of Joplin

Minutes into “A Night with Janis Joplin,” the title character says she’s…

Dazzling stagecraft outshines story in ‘Needles and Opium’

The visual imagery in writer-director Robert Lepage’s “Needles and Opium” at American…

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ a searing portrait of Afghan women

Cruelty, oppression, despair, grief, rage and yes, redemption, are only some of…

Bill Irwin clowns around in ‘On Beckett’

If only all university lectures could be as enlightening, as engrossing as…

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

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