Readers’ Choice 2020: Local Theater

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American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)

(415) 749-2228  •

A.C.T. appears to have a permanent home in the hearts of J. Readers’ Choice voters. The American Conservatory Theater has enlivened the San Francisco theater scene since 1965. Alumni who have moved on to luminous careers include Annette Bening, Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover. Each season offers outstanding performances in plays that range from the traditional to the extraordinary, and their current offerings are available online with virtual ticket purchase.



Berkeley Repertory Theatre

(510) 647-2900  •

In this time of “how do we provide entertainment online,” Berkeley Rep has not only provided plays and talks virtually, but has enhanced weekday offerings with “What’s in a Play?” where scripts are read and people come together to talk about it online. The Rep has a rich tradition of launching new works, many of which have gone on to Broadway, and often puts its own spin on classic dramas and musicals. It is a Tony Award winner for outstanding regional theater and regularly fills to capacity shows on both of its two stages. Spawned from a vision and a storefront stage that launched in 1968, the nationally renowned arts organization is a crown jewel of Bay Area theater.



TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

(650) 463-1960  •

Ever-popular with the readers of J., TheatreWorks Silicon Valley started in 1970. During this time of sheltering in place, they are offering, in addition to plays, TheatreWorks From Home, a virtual stage of exclusive content from the artists, artisans, staff, and supporters that make up TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Historically the theatre presents plays in Palo Alto and Mountain View, serving some 100,000 patrons annually. Now welcoming newly arrived Artistic Director Tim Bond.



Marin Theatre Company

(415) 388-5200  •

Still retaining its place in the hearts and votes of J. readers, Mill Valley-based Marin Theatre Company has traditionally produced seasons of provocative new plays by American playwrights, including at least one world premiere annually. New play commissions, prizes and reading events are all designed to foster and support emerging playwrights. Now streaming online plays for your enjoyment and entertainment!

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