Carey Perloff

The play carries them from the decade before the Soviet invasion of 1979, through the civil war that followed the Soviets
When American Conservatory Theater first announced plans to renovate the Strand Theatre on Market Street, its Artistic Director, Carey Perloff, was bubbling over with ideas about what a second performance space could do for the company.
A decade later Furth and Sondheim teamed up once more for Merrily We Roll Along, which focused on the changing dynamics between three friends over the course of their lives.
Now people are going to say there was no need for Williamstown to make a comeback, because it never went anywhere, but let me lay out my case.
When people with widely disparate cultural beliefs meet up in real life, several outcomes are possible. One of the best examples of this phenomenon was depicted in Pacific Overtures (the 1976 Broadway musical which focused on the historical moment in which Japan opened its isolated island society to Western culture).
When Benjamin Scheuer walks onto the Lynn Redgrave Theater stage, picking up an acoustic guitar, announcing he's 10 years old, you believe him. He is about to tell his story in song, accompanying himself with several guitars, instruments he mastered at his father's knee.
"Rasa" is the Indian term that describes the essence of an artwork. It only occurs through a participant's uplifted experience of the art and it is flowing in full force in American Conservatory Theater's new production of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink.
Mid-period Stoppard -- that is, the work of the acclaimed Czech-born British playwright in his fifties and early sixties -- brought forth a remarkable series of intricate, thought-provoking-but-inviting plays like Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia.
Western culture isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Comparative studies of Judeo-Christian versus Eastern religions and philosophies reveal much greater depth and breadth in some areas of Shintoism, Taoism, Hinduism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.
Two new productions focus on what happens when the status quo (based on assumptions that rest on a foundation of male privilege) is undermined by women who are more intelligent, more complex, more aggressive and better at what they do than certain men in their lives.
From The Mummy's Curse to The Curse of the Werewolf, from the tale of King Midas to the legend of Sleeping Beauty, literature is filled with curses.
Earlier this year, two plays by two of Britain's most beloved playwrights were presented within a block and a half of each other in downtown San Francisco.
Whether undocumented immigrants crawl through a tunnel linking Mexico with the United States or pay a Chinese "snakehead" to help them stow away aboard a container ship bound for America, every day of their life begins with the fear that they will be asked "Papers, please!"
Tom Stoppard's genius has never shone more brightly than in Arcadia, his intricate and passionate exploration of the pursuit of cutting-edge scientific knowledge, arcane literary discovery, artistic and scholarly fame, and uninhibited, uncommitted sex.
In some ways, live theater is like mold. It develops in an opportunistic fashion, spreading and growing stronger over time. A perfect example of this process is becoming more visible in San Francisco in the area being touted as the new Central Market Arts District.
The Strand is just the latest in A.C.T.'s expansion into the neighborhood. The company has long operated its costume shop
There is a point where a passion for one's work crosses over into workaholism. Much like someone with a substance abuse problem, the drive to get another "creative high" can keep an artist chasing after professional rewards while neglecting his personal relationships.
Litter begins with the kind of oppressive cheerfulness one expects from a musical group like Up With People or the entertainment
The pursuit of justice is usually considered a noble aspiration. But what if that pursuit is tied to a grievance-driven, murderous obsession?