If you can’t decide between catching a movie or taking in a show, you might be able to compromise: “Brief Encounter,” a play based on the classic 1945 film, combines live theater and multimedia effects. The end result is a little bit of both. After garnering rave reviews across the UK, “Brief Encounter” is making its debut at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco on September 11.
Unlike “August: Osage County,” “Brief Encounter” does not feature a large, dysfunctional family arguing over a dinner table. It does, however, focus on forbidden loveâ€”and what could be more theatrical than that? The main character is an unhappy woman, trapped in a dull marriage, who falls for a doctor also tied down by the bonds of matrimony. In the endâ€”well, I’ll let you see it for yourself.
The show runs until October 4, but of course, you’ll want to buy your tickets in advance. Check the A.C.T. website for details.
Photo courtesy American Conservatory Theater.