The Strand

Vietgone Review - ACT Strand San Francisco

Romance, rap and a road trip for refugees of Vietgone

Ilana Walder-Biesanz reviews Vietgone, American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) latest production, now playing at The Strand in San Francisco.Humor is not what you’d expect from a play about the Vietnam War, but Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone consistently had the whole audience in stitches. Inspired by his own family history (“Any resemblance...

The Lion, a roaringly good new musical

“What makes a lion a lion?”Alone onstage with seven guitars, Benjamin Scheuer sings, “My father has an old guitar, and he plays me folk songs.” That’s the start of Benjamin’s passion for music, but it’s also a cause for his troubled relationship with his father. Depressed and quick to...

Theater Picks: Cyrano, Tales of Our City, Triplets of Belleville, Colette Uncensored, Boeing Boeing, The Lion

"I think there is no world without theatre." - Edward BondLooking for a show to see?Stark Insider is here to help.This edition of our theater and arts round-up includes new shows, some swashbuckling, mile high laughs, and a cinematic experience inside one of San Francisco's newest and most exciting...
On Clover Road - Theater Review

Unraveling mysterious cult ‘On Clover Road’

"Children are made of glass. Children shatter."Maybe their parents do too.On Clover Road could have been a straight-ahead story about cults we've seen so many times before: parent searches for runaway child, finds them in remote location under the spell of a spiritual leader, proceeds to rescue them, and...
The Unfortunates - Musical Review - San Francisco

Bold and Bizarre: The Unfortunates at ACT

Three a cappella group members walk into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It’s not the start of a joke; it’s the birth of a musical. Or a rock opera. Or a staged concept album. It’s hard to pin down what, precisely The Unfortunates is, but it doesn’t need to be...
A.C.T. Strand Theater - Lobby

New Strands Festival lineup announced

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) today announced the lineup for its first-ever New Strands Festival. Running January 21-24, the festival features "new theatrical pieces, works in progress, readings, and experimental work." In other words, it sounds very much in line with what artistic director Carey Perloff told us she envisioned...

San Francisco’s revitalized Strand Theater wins design award (Video)

Congratulations to all involved in the stunning revitalization of the new Strand Theater on Market Street.A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff today announced the new space, featuring a bold red facade and clean lines, had won a major award.The American Institute of Architects awarded The Strand project its prestigious "Revitalization Design...
Monstress Review - The Strand, San Francisco

Must See: ‘Monstress’ show about Filipino-American life in San Francisco (Review)

Are you married to a Squid Mother?Then, what are you waiting for, you could have a star in the making!All it takes is some polyurethane, a filmmaking partner based in San Mateo, and dreams of Hollywood.Such is the fate of creature feature filmmaker Checkers Rosario (Sean San José). He's been...
Custom Made Theatre is moving

Custom Made Theatre to relocate to 99-seat space at Union Square

In conjunction with the news, Custom Made is launching a "moving campaign" aiming to raise $20,000.

Love and Information: Your Twitter stream performed live on stage

Life and the over-sharing economy. New Strand Theater opens with play that reflects ourselves in an era of 140-character rants, aimless streams, and (ugh) obligatory selfies.