“Woodard’s actors deliver their lines like they could cut you and wouldn’t care if they did, so you’d
better look out.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Thought-provoking . . . an
auspicious opening
to A.C.T.’s season.”
SF Examiner

“Much of the play’s power lies
in its potently unanswered
questions and the threads
Churchill leaves hanging.”

Mercury News

“Current, bold, and extraordinary.”
Theatre Eddys

“An extraordinary place to
spend an evening.”

Theater Dogs


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by Caryl Churchill 
Directed by Tamilla Woodard

Sep 19–Oct 13, 2019
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes, including one intermission

Shattering the glass ceiling doesn’t come without a few injuries. It’s 1980s Britain and nothing will stop Marlene’s ascent from working girl to top exec. Not the sniveling, jealous male coworker. Not the family birthdays she’ll miss. Not even other women. In the race to the top, there’s no time for sisterhood.

Written by Caryl Churchill (Love and Information), one of the English language’s greatest living playwrights, and directed by Tamilla Woodard (Men on Boats) in her return to A.C.T., this modern classic dissects the cost of progress in a world divided by class, cruelty, and capitalism.

This production contains strong language and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.

Open caption performance: Saturday, Oct 5 at 2 p.m.
Support for Open Captioning is provided in part by TDF. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


A.C.T. is proud to partner with Dress for Success San Francisco on this production of Top Girls!


Top Girls opens with a fantastical dinner party—wine flowing, guests appearing, and conversation buzzing. Just as in a real party, we catch snippets of dialogue, as six remarkable characters bounce around questions and answers, food orders and family revelations. Playwright Caryl Churchill was not the first storyteller to feature overlapping dialogue (film director Robert Altman used the same effect in movies such as Gosford Park and M*A*S*H), but she was the first playwright to figure out how to annotate it in scripts. Using a series of dashes, asterisks, and other symbols, she created a guide for theater-makers that has become the standard for playwrights today. “If you miss a phrase or two,” says Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon, “please know that the show will take care of you. It’ll come round again to catch you up.” Get your tickets now for Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, maker and breaker of rules.

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