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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Satirical Dark Comedy “Gloria Plays at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in San Francisco

Feb 21, 2020
Branden Jacob-Jenkins’s sharply observed satirical comedy “Gloria” is currently performing through April 12, 2020 at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (1127 Market St.).

In the editorial office of a dog-eat-dog Manhattan magazine, competing twentysomethings Ani (Martha Brigham), Dean (Jeremy Kahn), and Kendra (Melanie Aril Mah) are only interested in scoring a book deal to kick-start a career. But after disaster strikes, which one of them will write the story? MacArthur “Genius” winner Jacobs-Jenkins (“Appropriate, Everybody”) reunites with Obie Award-winner Eric Ting, who directed the playwright’s “An Octoroon” (2017) at Berkeley Rep. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016, this scalpel-sharp dark comedy evolves into a provocative exploration of how we cope with trauma and the tales we tell each other to escape.

Shocking, satirical, and viciously funny, Gloria is a thought-provoking work from a powerhouse playwright. Under the direction of Eric Ting, “Gloria” features an impressive cast, including (in alphabetical order): Lauren English (Gloria), Jeremy Kahn (Dean), Melanie Arii Mah (Kendra), Martha Brigham (Ani), Jared Corbin (Miles, the intern), and Matt Monaco (Lorin, the head fact-checker).

The creative team for Gloria includes Lawrence E. Moten III (Scenic Designer), Christine Crook (Costume Designer), Wen-Ling Liao (Lighting Designer), and Madeleine Oldham (Sound Designer).

Tickets are available by calling 415-749-2228 or visiting www.act-sf.org.

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Photo caption: Kendra (Melanie Arii Mah) trades barbs with Dean (Jeremy Kahn) in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Gloria,” performing at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater now through Sunday, April 12, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Berne)


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