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Review: SF Playhouse’s ‘The Song of Summer’ hits notes, misses others

Pop music gets a bad rap. There’s delight in lyrics that are so basic, so anodyne, with pinpoint precise choreography, sharp duds and plenty of head-bopping. No groundbreaking intended, and … Continue reading Review: SF Playhouse’s ‘The Song of Summer’ hits notes, misses others

New San Francisco theatre company ‘Chikahan’ aims to tell authentic Filipinx stories

Idealism in the age of quarantine is a crazy dynamic. Spurred by racial protests throughout the nation in 2020, artists everywhere began to rethink what is possible, equitable, necessary and … Continue reading New San Francisco theatre company ‘Chikahan’ aims to tell authentic Filipinx stories

Trauma and triumph: Director Williams brings keen insight to Aurora’s radio drama ‘The Bluest Eye’

Dawn Monique Williams is one of many directors who arrived at a crossroads when it came to creating fresh art with the disappearance of live productions. With theatres shut down … Continue reading Trauma and triumph: Director Williams brings keen insight to Aurora’s radio drama ‘The Bluest Eye’

Review: Searing trauma explored in powerful ‘[hieroglyph]’

Young Davis tends to stop in her tracks way too often for a girl of 13. There is mystery and sadness behind her lovely brown eyes, and no matter how … Continue reading Review: Searing trauma explored in powerful ‘[hieroglyph]’

Review: Discoveries aplenty in compelling ‘Catastrophist’

In the fantastic production of “The Catastrophist,” it does not take long for virus hunter Nathan A. Wolfe to drop his bona fides on the audience. It is 2016, and … Continue reading Review: Discoveries aplenty in compelling ‘Catastrophist’

Review: Theater Mu’s ingenious ‘Today is My Birthday’ full of tenderness, charm

Can you achieve tenderness through a screen? Well, sure. The medium of film does it all the time. But the advantages of something that is part of the film genre … Continue reading Review: Theater Mu’s ingenious ‘Today is My Birthday’ full of tenderness, charm

Adaire searches for Lorca’s passion digitally in A.C.T.’s ‘Blood Wedding’

American Conservatory Theater’s head of voice Christine Adaire has spent her entire career teaching students the power of organic sound. A Designated Master Linklater Voice teacher, the  method developed by … Continue reading Adaire searches for Lorca’s passion digitally in A.C.T.’s ‘Blood Wedding’

The honesty of Gomez comes through in ‘Spanking Machine’

In a particularly fraught moment in the story during solo performer Marga Gomez’s 13th newest show “Spanking Machine,” now coming your way every Sunday via Zoom through Oct. 11, the … Continue reading The honesty of Gomez comes through in ‘Spanking Machine’

Margo Magic: New AD Hall grabs the reins of historic Hansberry Theatre

If things were to have gone a different way, we might be talking about Margo Hall, one of the greatest dentists in history. The Detroit native roamed the hallowed grounds … Continue reading Margo Magic: New AD Hall grabs the reins of historic Hansberry Theatre

Bay Area theatre – show this thread

The Bay Area’s theatre scene has been heating up a bit after five months of darkness and zoomy zooms. While the star of 2020 has been the video conferencing platform … Continue reading Bay Area theatre – show this thread

Corrie battles the digital to accentuate the personal in Pear Theatre’s ‘Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue’

The year 2020 has forced theatre artists to tap into the deepest recesses of their creativity, all while navigating fears and anxiety over a global pandemic. Whether it is looking … Continue reading Corrie battles the digital to accentuate the personal in Pear Theatre’s ‘Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue’

Billingslea shares a million reasons to support Black theatre through the Juneteenth Justice Theatre Project

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so o’erdone is from … Continue reading Billingslea shares a million reasons to support Black theatre through the Juneteenth Justice Theatre Project