by Annie Baker
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
February 22–April 23
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
“Smart, original, confounding, entertaining, soulful . . . one of our country’s most original and captivating voices”
“Compelling . . . funny . . . unnerving”
Bay Area News Group
“Endlessly fascinating . . . Helps us to feel more deeply our own sense of being alive”
“Surprisingly touching . . . Played to spooky, endearing perfection by Georgia Engel”
A haunting drama that took off-Broadway by storm, John is the latest hit from American theater’s hottest new voice—Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick). Twentysomethings Jenny and Elias arrive at an old bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—he wants to tour the historic battlefield, she wants to be left alone. But in the creaking Civil War house, amid the shelves of smiling dolls and the ghostly landlady, every crack between the couple starts to surface. Echoing with tension, humor, and unease like a modern-day Chekhov, playwright Annie Baker creates a twenty-first-century nerve-jangler that had critics raving. “John is so good, on so many levels, that it casts a unique and brilliant light” (The New Yorker).
Running time: 3 hours with two 15-minute intermissions
Please note: Performances begin promptly. The last late seating call will be 20 minutes after the start of the show. Any patrons arriving more than 20 minutes late will be seated during the first intermission.
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