American Conservatory Theater

Robert Joy and Jeanne Paulsen play British royals in American Conservatory Theater’s engaging “King Charles III.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

ACT’s ‘King Charles III’ a clever modern take on Shakespeare

Whether or not we Americans care about the British monarchy, or British…

Robert Joy and Jeanne Paulsen play British royals in American Conservatory Theater’s engaging “King Charles III.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
David Strathairn, left,  and Dan Clegg appear in American Conservatory Theater’s premiere of “Chester Bailey.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

ACT’s ‘Chester Bailey’ muses on memory

When we first lay eyes on him, the title character of “Chester…

David Strathairn, left,  and Dan Clegg appear in American Conservatory Theater’s premiere of “Chester Bailey.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
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)
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer brings his acclaimed one-man show "The Lion" to The City. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy)

Benjamin Scheuer’s ‘The Lion’ roars on

Benjamin Scheuer is a roll with his one-man show “The Lion.” “It’s…

Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer brings his acclaimed one-man show "The Lion" to The City. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy)
Broadway favorite Emily Skinner appears in a Bay Area Cabaret show in the Venetian Room. (Courtesy photo)

Emily Skinner celebrates Sondheim and more

Tony Award-nominee Emily Skinner is becoming a very welcome presence on The…

Broadway favorite Emily Skinner appears in a Bay Area Cabaret show in the Venetian Room. (Courtesy photo)
John Douglas Thompson is excellent as Louis Armstrong in “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at American Conservatory Theater. (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson)

Louis Armstrong comes to life in ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’

At the beginning of Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout’s “Satchmo…

John Douglas Thompson is excellent as Louis Armstrong in “Satchmo at the Waldorf” at American Conservatory Theater. (Courtesy T. Charles Erickson)
Anthony Fusco, left, and Dan Hiatt are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

O’Neill comedy ‘Ah, Wilderness’ comes to life at ACT

In his only comedy, “Ah, Wilderness!,” written in 1932 in the midst…

Anthony Fusco, left, and Dan Hiatt are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy “Ah, Wilderness!” (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)
Carl Lumbly, far left, heads up a terrific cast, including Lakin Valdez, center, and Samuel Ray Gates. in American Conservatory Theater’s stellar production of “Between Riverside and Crazy.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne}

‘Riverside’ kicks off ACT season brilliantly

If the new American Conservatory Theater production of “Between Riverside and Crazy”…

Carl Lumbly, far left, heads up a terrific cast, including Lakin Valdez, center, and Samuel Ray Gates. in American Conservatory Theater’s stellar production of “Between Riverside and Crazy.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne}
Shona Tucker, left, and Sharon Lockwood appear in Caryl Churchill's “Love and Information,” the inaugural production in American Conservatory Theater’s renovated Strand Theater. COURTESY KEVIN BERNE

‘Love and Information’ pits humanity against data crush

“Is it better to know things or not to know things?” In…

Shona Tucker, left, and Sharon Lockwood appear in Caryl Churchill's “Love and Information,” the inaugural production in American Conservatory Theater’s renovated Strand Theater. COURTESY KEVIN BERNE
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ACT christens renovated Strand on Market Street

On Thursday, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater ceremoniously opens The Strand, a…

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COURTESY KEVIN BERNECarl Lumbly and Geta Wohlrabe appear in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Kwame Kwei-Armah's family dramedy “Let There Be Love.”

Power of forgiveness revealed in ‘Let There Be Love’

To be or not to be – that’s the big question in…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNECarl Lumbly and Geta Wohlrabe appear in American Conservatory Theater’s production of Kwame Kwei-Armah's family dramedy “Let There Be Love.”
COURTESY KEVIN BERNEAndrea Wollenberg portrays the narrator of a futuristic performance piece in “Mr. Burns

‘Simpsons’ future is bleak in ‘Mr. Burns’

Anne Washburn is exploring an intriguing idea in "Mr. Burns, a post-electric…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEAndrea Wollenberg portrays the narrator of a futuristic performance piece in “Mr. Burns
COURTESY KEVINBERNE.COMBrenda Meaney

Tom Stoppard, ACT's new 'Indian Ink' more vivid, poignant

When the filmy golden curtain whooshes aside to reveal the blue-lit facade…

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COURTESY  PHOTOAmerican Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff reflects on her life and career in “Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater.”

Carey Perloff, ACT revive ‘Indian Ink’

You don’t need to have seen the American Conservatory Theater’s first production…

COURTESY  PHOTOAmerican Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff reflects on her life and career in “Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater.”
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 portrays Jesus Christ’s mother in the solo show “Testament” at American Conservatory Theater.

‘Testament’ reveals Mary’s inner life

“I will not say anything that is not true,” declares the biblical…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNESeana McKenna portrays Jesus Christ’s mother in the solo show “Testament” at American Conservatory Theater.
COURTESY  PHOTOCanadian actress Seana McKenna portrays Jesus Christ’s mother in the solo show “Testament” onstage at American Conservatory Theater.

Seana McKenna becomes Mary in ‘Testament’

Seana McKenna has spent much of her career playing strong women. But…

COURTESY  PHOTOCanadian actress Seana McKenna portrays Jesus Christ’s mother in the solo show “Testament” onstage at American Conservatory Theater.
COURTESY KEVIN BERNEDaisuke Tsuji

ACT’s ‘Orphan of Zhao’ never comes alive

A power-mad tyrant massacres a rival clan, whose sole surviving son must…

COURTESY KEVIN BERNEDaisuke Tsuji
COURTESY IMAGES@BAYSTAGES.COMSan Francisco native BD Wong

BD Wong comes home for ‘Orphan of Zhao’

Based on a 13th-century Chinese play, "The Orphan of Zhao" has, in…

COURTESY IMAGES@BAYSTAGES.COMSan Francisco native BD Wong