TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: A.C.T.’s “Weightless” Is an Amazing Rock Opera
May 10, 2019
by Evan Almdale
As an artistic genre, magical realism is less prevalent in American arts than in other countries. So seeing “Weightless” at the Strand Theater (1127 Market Street) in San Francisco, performing through Sunday, May 12, was a wonderful surprise! Not only is “Weightless” an amazing rock opera but also a marvelous weaving of drama, myth, and magic.
The story, based on a Greek myth, is told through the original music of the Kilbanes who wrote the mesmerizing score and also perform. It tells the tale of sisterhood, love, betrayal and reawakening. Weightless is equal parts blistering rock show and bleeding-edge experimental theater. Director Becca Wolff ably directs the powerhouse duo of Kate and Dan (The Kilbanes) as well as the omnipresent narrator played by Julia Brothers, Kate’s other sister Lila Blue, and Terius played by Josh Pollock. The set beautifully designed by Angrette McCloskey. Kudos to Dan Harris, drummer and music director.
If you go (and you definitely should!), you will be in for a special night of theater. The audience at the performance I attended was wildly enthusiastic and appreciative of this stellar performance.
Run time 90 minutes with no intermission. For tickets ($25-$63) or more information please phone 415-749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org.
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Photo caption: “Weightless”—the critically acclaimed rock opera by The Kilbanes, produced by Z Space and piece by piece productions—is currently performing at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in S.F. (Photo credit: Julie Schuchard)