Night and Day, Tom Stoppard's topical dark comedy about journalists reporting from a war zone, receives a rare revival at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre Sept. 19-Oct. 20. Stoppard, celebrating the 25th anniversary of this particular Evening Standard Award-winning play, will be in residence at ACT for the preview week. Opening night is Sept. 25.
Night and Day is set in a fictional African dictatorship where a civil war is brewing. Two foreign correspondents, an idealistic freelance writer and a cynical Australian, and an emotionally wrecked photojournalist, battle each other over scoop on the certain miliary coup, but also for the love of Ruth Carson, the unfullfilled wife of a wealthy copper magnate. ACT last produced Night and Day in the 1980-81 season.
Rene Augesen stars as Ruth with Marco Barricelli as the Australian, Paul Whitworth as the photographer and T. Edward Webster as the freelancer. Also in the cast are Steven Anthony Jones (President Mageeba), Gregory Wallace (Francis), Anthony Fusco (Geoffrey Carson) and Harley Grandin and Zachary Lenat, alternating as Alastair Carson.
Tickets are $11-$61. American Conservatory Theatre is located at 415 Geary Street. For reservations, call (415) 749-2250. American Conservatory Theatre is on the web at http://www.act-sfbay.org.
— By Christine Ehren