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Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

His name was Otilio. To her, he was Tio Otilio. Irma Herrera’s aunts and uncles came from a generation where names like Dominga, Socorro and Epifania were commonplace. Those were … Continue reading Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

Ramirez removes the cloak of homeless invisibility in Ubuntu’s ‘Down Here Below’

Invisibility. It’s a world that homeless people live in constantly. As many stand on a street corner or a turning island, their eyes yearn for a connection, hopeful that a … Continue reading Ramirez removes the cloak of homeless invisibility in Ubuntu’s ‘Down Here Below’

A house is not a home, or is it? Sobelle’s ‘Home’ looks at the differences between the two at Berkeley Rep

On the surface, the defined differences between the words house and home are subtle. But as the connotations of each word are more deeply explored, they couldn’t be further apart … Continue reading A house is not a home, or is it? Sobelle’s ‘Home’ looks at the differences between the two at Berkeley Rep

Review: A painful puzzle is put together in A.C.T. San Francisco’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

In the tiny living room that Abasiama occupies, there lies a puzzle. It’s not one of those 500-piece deals you buy at Target, mind you, but a homemade puzzle at … Continue reading Review: A painful puzzle is put together in A.C.T. San Francisco’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Review: If you don’t know, now you know that juicy ‘Hamilton’ reigns supreme

Words, words, words. When Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls engaged in an epic, genre-changing feud resulting in two raw-as-hell diss tracks in the ‘90s, the viciousness and furious, visceral nature … Continue reading Review: If you don’t know, now you know that juicy ‘Hamilton’ reigns supreme

Review: Despite some issues, SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ is big, old-school Broadway fun

There is a charming moment in “Hello Dolly!” which is simplistic in its approach but feels like big, old-school Broadway. The show’s structure is all about its title character, the … Continue reading Review: Despite some issues, SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ is big, old-school Broadway fun

Director Maog connects deeply with Udofia’s story, vision in A.C.T.’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Victor Malana Maog has thought a lot about his own immigrant story with his latest directing projects, one opening this week and another which is connected and just getting started. … Continue reading Director Maog connects deeply with Udofia’s story, vision in A.C.T.’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Review: Tennessee females rule in San Jose Stage’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Brick and Maggie both take up space in the sweltering static bedroom that resides within the Mississippi Delta, satin sheets adorning the soft mattress that have gone unused by the … Continue reading Review: Tennessee females rule in San Jose Stage’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Rouleau ready for his Bay Area return in SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’

Something very special took place for the national touring cast of “Hello Dolly!” The show, which says hello to San Francisco as part of SHN’s current season, recently saw the … Continue reading Rouleau ready for his Bay Area return in SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’

Bindlestiff Studio is ready for this year’s ‘Love Edition’ tradition

What’s love got to do with it? San Francisco’s Filipino-American and Pilipino theatre company Bindlestiff Studio has entered that part of the year where they try to figure it out. … Continue reading Bindlestiff Studio is ready for this year’s ‘Love Edition’ tradition