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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: A.C.T.’s “Testmatch” Is a Thought-Provoking Contrast of Two Time-Traveling Stories

Nov 08, 2019
by Evan Almdale
A.C.T.’S production of “Testmatch,” currently performing through December 8 at the Strand Theater (1127 Market Street) in San Francisco, CA., is a contrast of two time-traveling stories focusing on cricket, a game of strict rules and hidden violence.

In “Testmatch” tensions in the locker room rise during a match between rival women’s cricket players from England and India, as secrets spill about relationships, influencers, and the integrity of the sport. Then in 1800 (or so), Abhi, the Number One Sepoy of the East India Co., struggles to force two bungling, cheating British administrators—absorbed in setting down the rules of cricket—to focus on the famine they have created outside the compound walls. “Testmatch” asks hard-hitting questions about colonialism, gender, and power.

The performances and direction are excellent, with the first act being particularly stupendous – well done and thought provoking. Featuring 3 British and 3 Indian women, this play offers quite an insight into the competitive sport of women’s cricket.

“Testmatch” features an extraordinary cast, including (in alphabetical order): Arwen Anderson, Millie Brooks, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Lipica Shah, Avanthika Srinivasan, and Madeline Wise.

The creative team for Testmatch includes Nina Ball (Scenic Designer), Beaver Bauer (Costume Designer), Marie Yokoyama (Lighting Designer), and Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Designer and Original Music).

This play is 90 minutes no intermission. Tickets are available by calling 415-749-2228 or visiting www.act-sf.org.

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Photo caption: Tensions rise as (L­–R) England 3 (Millie Brooks), England 2 (Arwen Anderson), India 2 (Lipica Shah), India 1 (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), and India 3 (Avanthika Srinivasan) discuss which is the better team in Kate Attwell’s Testmatch, performing at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater through December 8.


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