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by Tony Frankel on January 20, 2022

in Theater-San Francisco / Bay Area

The Bay Area Premiere of Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery — the winner of the 2020 Obie Award for Playwriting, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and a Pulitzer Finalist — is a riveting and witty play speaks to the heart of a country at war with itself. Now, this amazing play opens at San Francisco Playhouse Wednesday, January 26, 2022, with opening night on February 2; it runs through March 5.

Days after the white-supremacist riot in Charlottesville, four old friends gather for a reunion at their conservative Catholic alma mater in Wyoming. The four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself. It’s a brilliant, impassioned, uncritical, taut political drama about conservative, evangelical America.

The great, prescient Terry Teachout, the Wall Street Journal critic who sadly died last week, called Heroes of the Fourth Turning “A drama as exciting and challenging—nay, daring—as any new play I’ve ever reviewed … This is a play you must see, right now.”

Heroes of the Fourth Turning
San Francisco Playhouse
Tues-Thurs at 7; Fri and Sat at 3 & 8; Sun at 2 (show times vary)
plays January 26 – March 5, 2022
for tickets ($25 – $100), call 415.677.9596 or visit SF Playhouse


Michel Lemieux January 21, 2022 at 10:54 am

It’s a fantastic play on the page (have read it) . How long do we have to wait until the Los Angeles premiere?

Tony Frankel January 21, 2022 at 11:33 am

A looooooong time, Michael. It would be perfect for Rogue Machine or The Fountain, though.

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