Tuesday, August 30, 2005
After a solid run in Europe and Canada ("Dazzling, hilarious, enchanting, beautiful, and haunting," said the Globe and Mail, presumably during a swoon), The Overcoat is destined to succeed in San Francisco. The plot is terrifically sweet, based on a story by Nikolai Gogol: A life of an office drone, scorned at work, is unexpectedly changed when he acquires a special item. A raise? A date? A parking spot near the entrance? No, duh, a fine new overcoat (imagine late-1800s Russia, winter). If you think this sounds a bit too grown-up, night-at-the-theater boring, consider this: Nobody says a single word. It's a silent play with loads of music, 22 actors, 85 costumes, and a two-story mechanical set. In short: a spectacle. Tonight's preview starts at 8 p.m. (and the show continues through September 25) at the Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), S.F. Admission is $12-46; call 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org.

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