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San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley: Theater, Major Theaters

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San Francisco Theater: Major Theater Companies Around San Francisco

The three theater companies listed below are not only the largest in the Bay Area, but are among the leading theater companies in America. Each listing offers information on location, ticket prices, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest.

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)

San Franciscans love their theater, and along with notoriously vociferous New Yorkers, they’re probably the most passionate and opinionated theater-goers in the country. A.C.T, one of the nation’s most distinguished theaters, draws strong reactions from locals. Many adore A.C.T. for its exceptional production values, excellent talent pool (with A.C.T.’s own resident acting company at the center), and beautiful historic theater, even if it is lacking in legroom and bathroom stalls. …more…

Berkeley Repertory Theatre (BRT)

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre is San Francisco’s premier spot for dynamic, innovative, and unusual theater by multidisciplinary artists, theater newcomers, and veteran risk-takers (we would name them, but you probably haven’t heard of most of them, which is sort of the point). That’s not to say that Berkeley Rep doesn’t produce work by more well-known writers. There have been productions …more…

California Shakespeare Theater

(May 30 – October 7) Cal Shakes performances are held in the Bruns Amphitheater, located in the Siesta Valley between Berkeley and Orinda, against the backdrop of rolling East Bay hills and the summer sky. In addition to works by the Bard, the company offers acknowledged classics by other great writers; the representative 2010 season was scheduled to include Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing, G.B. Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s …more…