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In a Nutshell

Three celebrated plays fill ACT’s spring season, including a four-person portrait of suburbia and Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years

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The Deal

  • $50 for a three-play subscription, redeemable for each show, with balcony seating ($95 value)
  • $80 for a three-play subscription, redeemable for each show, with mezzanine seating ($175 value)

Dates for each play:

The Unfortunates (Strand Theater—February 3 to April 10), The Realistic Joneses (Geary Theater—March 9 to April 3), and The Last Five Years (Geary Theater—May 11 to June 5)

About the Shows

  • The Unfortunates: An instant hit when it premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2013, this musical explores an apocalyptic vision of war via a sweeping mixture of uniquely American genres. In it, a tough but sensitive soldier (Big Joe) risks everything to save a desperate courtesan (Rae) from the plague. Along the way, Big Joe finds himself pitted against numerous foes in a musical journey that passes through gospel, bluegrass, jazz, and blues en route to the star’s ultimate salvation.

  • The Realistic Joneses: When The Realistic Jones opened in 2014, the New York Times lamented that plays “as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird” as this four-person tableau of suburban life “do not appear often on Broadway.” Set in the space between the homes—and the marriages—of two neighboring couples, Will Eno’s play turns otherwise banal conversation into a pastiche of coded messages and unspoken revelations, resulting in one of the most celebrated American plays of the last few years.

  • The Last Five Years: Written by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this unconventional exploration of love, intimacy, and life in Ohio was a smashing success upon its Off-Broadway premiere in 2002. And the music itself is just as essential to the narrative as the lyrics—the New York Times asserted that in the intimate song-cycle, Brown “confirms his sparkling facility as a composer, fluidly mixing diverse styles … from waltzes to rhythm and blues.”

American Conservatory Theater

Humor, song, and drama all unfold at the A.C.T.'s historic theater—originally opened in 1910—which blends austere neoclassicism with the occasional baroque flourish. The theater was built during the reconstruction after the 1906 earthquake, only to be struck by 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, surviving significant damage and undergoing an extensive renovation and seismic stabilization that have enabled it to continue staging fine drama and overcome its reoccurring earthquake nightmares. A.C.T.'s newly revitalized Strand Theater is an intimate performance space located directly across from Civic Center’s UN Plaza. The Strand boasts a 283-seat theater, a 120-seat event and performance space, and a lobby and cafe.

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