Blood in, blood out - Page 2

Can incest and vengeance right an upside-down world?
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But the set is stunningly integrated with Robert Wierzel's sensual lighting design, evoking baroque canvases while draping the action in a sense of carnal luxury and exquisite decadence.

It's a bumpy ride, but the end is well played and gripping, casting a memorable image of Giovanni drenched in the blood of his sister and lover, having utterly retreated into himself — literally into the womb of his flesh and blood, where sibling, wife, and child have all become horribly blurred. In the play's crowning and irresolvable tension, incest is both a fundamental violation of natural order as well as an assertion of blood as the only terra firma in a world of quicksand. *

'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE

Tues.–Sat., 8 p.m. (also Wed. and Sat., 2 p.m.); Sun., 2 p.m., $14–$82

American Conservatory Theater

415 Geary, SF

(415) 749-2228, www.act-sf.org

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