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Fresh off a Tony Awards high, I could not wait to catch up on this backstage memoir of A.C.T.'s director Carey Perloff. In it, she grapples with both sexism, and career challenges while taking a foundering theater company in post-earthquake San Francisco to a trailblazing, nationally-recognized program.
More than the tribulations of home versus career, this is an introduction to the complex life in non-profit theater from fundraising to artistic vision, it's thrilling but unsparing in it's portrayal. From an esteemed stage actress who asks "have you had THAT CHILD yet?" days away from her delivery, and weeks away from tech rehearsals, to political, religious and media outrage at the company's choices.
Last, she looks forward to what it will take to survive in the new SanFrancisco where there are not only practical financial considerations, but the bohemian culture is in danger.
Narrating herself, Perloff has such a warm tone, and is so easy to listen to, I never wanted her to stop!
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