Carey Perloff

Judith Ivey and Firdous Bamji are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s “The Birthday Party.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

ACT masters nuances in Pinter’s ‘Birthday Party’

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

 

John Douglas Thompson and Domenique Lozano are among the notable ensemble in American Conservatory Theater’s “Hamlet.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/American Conservatory Theater)

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

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

 

From left, Haysam Kadri, Nadine Malouf and Kate Rigg are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s premiere of “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” based on the best-selling book. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

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

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

 

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…

Dan Clegg and Brenda Meaney appear in American Conservatory Theater’s West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem.” (Courtesy Kevin Bern)
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)
Brian Wilson brings his tour to Davies Symphony Hall on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

Sept. 10-11: Jonathan Franzen, comedy at Kepler’s, Carey Perloff

THURSDAY, SEPT. 10 Great eBay deals: The online marketplace observes its 20th…

Brian Wilson brings his tour to Davies Symphony Hall on Friday. (Courtesy photo)
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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  PHOTOAmerican Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff reflects on her life and career in “Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater.”

ACT’s Carey Perloff celebrates a life in theater

In her work as a producer, stage director, playwright and arts advocate,…

COURTESY  PHOTOAmerican Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff reflects on her life and career in “Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater.”
Courtesy PhotoJack Cutmore-Scott and Rebekah Brockman play a 19th-century era tutor and student in American Conservatory Theater’s talky “Arcadia.”

ACT’s ‘Arcadia’ dazzles and dazes

“Arcadia” is a splendid Rubik’s Cube, as playwright Tom Stoppard twists its…

Courtesy PhotoJack Cutmore-Scott and Rebekah Brockman play a 19th-century era tutor and student in American Conservatory Theater’s talky “Arcadia.”
Courtesy PhotoStar of the show: Olympia Dukakis takes on the role of the entire chorus in American Conservatory Theater’s vibrant production of “Elektra.”

Dukakis electric in ‘Elektra’

The tragedy of “Elektra” echoes through the American Conservatory Theater this month,…

Courtesy PhotoStar of the show: Olympia Dukakis takes on the role of the entire chorus in American Conservatory Theater’s vibrant production of “Elektra.”
Courtesy photoComplex couple: René Augesen and Andrew Polk bring their characters to life in “Higher.”

Dense drama, emotions in ‘Higher’

“How can you honor the dead if you have no faith?” demands…

Courtesy photoComplex couple: René Augesen and Andrew Polk bring their characters to life in “Higher.”

American Conservatory Theatre's chilling 'Homecoming'

When the American Conservatory Theater curtain rises to reveal the slightly angled…

Vivid, yet remote, homage to Tosca Café

When the lights rise mistily on the darkly glowing set that replicates…

ACT’s 44th season boasts big heart, big ideas

American Conservatory Theater Artistic Director Carey Perloff has one answer to two…

‘Phèdre’ packed with politics, passion

In strictly contemporary terms, “Phèdre” is between a rock and a hard…