Carey Perloff

REVIEWS

GHOSTS...

"Director Carey Perloff has used the unusual set design by Diane Laffrey wonderfully as emotions and health move the characters to and fro and back and forth around the large stage in Williamstown. Perloff has certainly given each character his/her moments in which to shine, and she has moved the play out of its own antiquity and into the more contemporary light where, even now, certain things are never discussed in polite society."

–– THE BERKSHIRE EDGE

"This production with the new translation is notably fresh and remarkably relevant. Where most tragedies deal mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral code, GHOSTS deals with the consequences of not breaking it. The parallels between the material written 138 years ago and events currently playing out in the US and across the world are stunning and undeniable."

–– BROADWAY WORLD




THE FIT...

"Carey Perloff back at ACT’s Strand Theater — as a playwright this time"

“Set in the strange realm of Silicon Valley venture capital firms, 'The Fit' follows an Indian-American woman struggling to make her way in an industry where she has to deny her own identity and values to get ahead.

'I have been interested in gender politics my whole career,' Perloff says, “wrestling with the nature of leadership and whether what we want as women is simply to step into the shoes of the men around us or whether we actually want to try and remake what the table looks like, as it were.”

– THE MERCURY NEWS


PRIVATE LIVES...

"Stratford Festival Review: 'Rolling with laughter' at Private Lives

Witty dialogue and superb acting makes Private Lives a hilarious night out in Stratford this summer"

– BEACON HERALD


“The performances Perloff has elicited are refreshingly down-to-earth. None of that debonair posturing, the artificial old-mannered acting styles that can drag down Coward productions. Peacock is superb as Amanda – a rich and aimless woman who nevertheless nurses a deep sadness that apparently only Elyot and his tempers can assuage. The actor's line deliveries are fresh and funny, but there's always a beating heart underneath. Wyn Davies, meanwhile, isn't afraid to play Elyot as a violent misogynist. 'I should like to cut off your head with a meat axe,' he shouts at Sibyl, no Cowardian charm to couch it.”

– GLOBE AND MAIL


"Director Carey Perloff has compiled a fine cast. Lucy Peacock and Geraint Wyn Davies as ex spouses Amanda and Elyot are a divine pairing. From the moment Amanda knows to hand Elyot the fruit from her cocktail, it is clear that these two share something far more intimate with each other than they do with their new spouses. Their chemistry is excellent and they are equally as fun to watch when they are getting along as they are when they are sparring."

– BROADWAY WORLD


A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS...


San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award given to The Old Globe's A Thousand Splendid Suns for Outstanding Dramatic Production, Direction, Lighting and Scenic Design

TIMES OF SAN DIEGO


"The best theatre of 2018, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Old Globe Theatre:"

repressive period (the years between 1979 and 2001). Directed by Carey Perloff, the play also featured original music by David Coulter, who contributed another layer of artistry to a remarkable production."

SAN DIEGO CITY BEAT

  

"...A powerful production that had the audience sobbing."

CALGARY HERALD


"Epic splendor...dazzles with its opulence and humanity."

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


"Carey Perloff's direction as she leads these two women

through their journeys is stunning."                                                 

BROADWAY WORLD


"Emotionally stirring!"

LOS ANGELES TIMES


"Radiant and real...a stunning stage production. Almost defies

you not to be moved."

TIMES OF SAN DIEGO



"CAREY PERLOFF STAGES LAST PLAY AFTER 25 YEARS AT HELM OF ACT KQED FORUM (AUDIO INTERVIEW)"


"Carey Perloff is stepping down as artistic director of ACT after directing the company for a quarter century. Her final show was Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party." Forum talked with Perloff about her career, the future of theater in San Francisco and her final production."


–– KQED FORUM


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75 REASONS TO LIVE: CAREY PERLOFF ON ROBBERT FLICK’S "ALONG OCEAN PARK, LOOKING WEST, SUMMER"


"Carey Perloff likens Robbert Flick's 'Along Ocean Park, Looking West, Summer' (1980) to a curtain rising at the theater."


–– SFMOMA


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CAREY PERLOFF: LEFT COAST, RIGHT TIME


"After a quarter century at the helm of ACT, the classics-minded director/playwright is quitting while she’s ahead."


–– Robert Avila, AMERICAN THEATER


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"CAREY PERLOFF: CANADIAN THEATRE’S STATESIDE CHAMPION"


"What's wrong with Canadian plays?" Asked a prominent American theatre commentator in a widely circulated blog post last summer – nearly causing an outbreak of familiar cultural cringe on this side of the border. "Quick, name five modern Canadian playwrights," Howard Sherman, former executive director of the American Theatre Wing in New York, challenged his readers in the online journal HowlRound. "Having trouble? I bet you are."


–– THE GLOBE AND THE MAIL


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"SHE'S STEPPING DOWN FROM A.C.T., BUT CAREY PERLOFF CONTINUES THE FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S STORIES"


"Fundamental to the theater's success, she said, has been a commitment to the audience: 'Bill Ball felt the audience would rise to the level that you challenged them to rise to, and I've always believed that too. We have never dumbed down.'"


–– Charles McNulty, LOS ANGELES TIMES


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"Carey Perloff’s

‘The Fit’

snappily takes on Silicon Valley"

"SF Playhouse stages insightful premiere"

  THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER


THE FIT, Avanthika Srinivasan, Johnny Moreno and Jeff Kim, San Francisco Playhouse

Photo by Jessica Palopoli