ACT mounts Morris Panych's likeable Vigil
Barricelli, artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, last strode the Geary in 2005 as an ACT core company member. Few actors then or now can so effortlessly fill that cavernous stage like he, and he characteristically proves as commanding as he is subtle. Esteemed costar Olympia Dukakis also has a long connection with ACT, including another two-hander with Barricelli in 2002, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, by French Canadian playwright Michel Tremblay. Dukakis' largely mute and wonderfully elastic performance as the bedridden, bemused but hopeful Grace holds the stage as fully as Berricelli's bounding Kemp with his onslaught of self-obsessed verbiage. There's a palpable generosity between the two actors that makes all the more enjoyable the darkly comic tentativeness between their characters.
Through April 18, $10–$82
Tues.–Sat., 8 p.m. (also Wed. and Sat., 2 p.m.);
Sun, 2 p.m. (also Sun/11, 7 p.m.)
American Conservatory Theater
415 Geary, SF