Review: All sides of the music are solid in TheatreWorks ‘Triangle’

To take in the history of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire is to learn about its haunting tragedy, with some parallels to September 11th of 2001. Both were in … Continue reading Review: All sides of the music are solid in TheatreWorks ‘Triangle’

Review: Smith’s ‘Notes from the Field’ creates theatre out of necessity

During my first year of teaching in Sanger, California, there was a small gang incident in my classroom, which ended up with me having to escort two kids out of … Continue reading Review: Smith’s ‘Notes from the Field’ creates theatre out of necessity

Orta, Solis represent Bay Area playwrights at ‘Carnaval 2015’ in Chicago

In the 21st century, Chicago has been a haven for Latino Theatre. Since 2002, the Goodman Theatre has hosted a biennial Latino theatre festival, the last being in 2013. There … Continue reading Orta, Solis represent Bay Area playwrights at ‘Carnaval 2015’ in Chicago

Review: Made Up Theatre’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ a total theatre experience

If only you can have a “practice” first kiss. That is what eight-year-old Doug had in mind in his parochial school infirmary, an idea he bounced off Kayleen, a lovely … Continue reading Review: Made Up Theatre’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ a total theatre experience

SF Mime Troupe’s ‘Freedomland’ examines race, racism

Hugo Carbajal’s voice rises when he speaks of the injustices being perpetuated when it comes to institutional racism. He points directly at recent examples of police brutality that have come … Continue reading SF Mime Troupe’s ‘Freedomland’ examines race, racism

The legend of Merman the focus of A.C.T.’s ‘Call Me Miss Bird’s Eye’

Ethel Merman is widely known as the first lady of the Broadway musical. But to Irving Berlin, she might have been known as something a little less kind. Merman was … Continue reading The legend of Merman the focus of A.C.T.’s ‘Call Me Miss Bird’s Eye’

Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Addams Family’ puts the fun in dysfunctional

There is something wholesomely charming about a family that is utterly uncharming. You have a dashing, debonair husband, a wife that is anything but, and kids that find such joy … Continue reading Review: San Jose Stage’s ‘Addams Family’ puts the fun in dysfunctional