For Talai, Berkeley Rep’s ‘An Octoroon’ an opportunity to spark important conversations about race

Speak to Amir Talai for any amount of time, and you will learn quickly that he is a pensive man of great conviction and passion. Talai dabbles in many areas … Continue reading For Talai, Berkeley Rep’s ‘An Octoroon’ an opportunity to spark important conversations about race

Ramírez finds the heart of an educator in SHN’s Broadway hit ‘Curious’

Maria Elena Ramírez is the perfect person to be starring in a straight play on Broadway. An abundance of straight plays on the Great White Way harken back to a … Continue reading Ramírez finds the heart of an educator in SHN’s Broadway hit ‘Curious’

Review: The Magic’s ‘Grandeur’ a strong examination of the duality of Gil Scott-Heron

For all of the influence and passion Gil Scott-Heron spread among the world in his 40-plus years as an artist, the final chapter of his life was largely a painful, … Continue reading Review: The Magic’s ‘Grandeur’ a strong examination of the duality of Gil Scott-Heron

Review: It doesn’t get much funner than San Jose Stage’s highly-skilled ‘Avenger’

Watching San Jose Stage’s phenomenal production of “The Toxic Avenger” has all the joy of getting a root canal. That is, if getting a root canal is your favorite way … Continue reading Review: It doesn’t get much funner than San Jose Stage’s highly-skilled ‘Avenger’

Review: SHN’s underwhelming ‘Roman Holiday’ is simple and safe

There’s nothing particularly poor about SHN’s latest production, the pre-Broadway premiere of “Roman Holiday.” The principals and ensemble are all mostly entertaining, some nice choreography, a few big showstoppers and … Continue reading Review: SHN’s underwhelming ‘Roman Holiday’ is simple and safe

Review: A lot to unpack in SF Playhouse’s brilliant ‘Roommate’

The first thing I told my friend upon the conclusion of San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “The Roommate” was this – “Wow, that’s a lot to unpack.” The irony of … Continue reading Review: A lot to unpack in SF Playhouse’s brilliant ‘Roommate’

The Magic’s ‘Grandeur’ revisits the power and legacy of Gil Scott-Heron

Hearing Gil Scott-Heron speak about his powerful early 1970’s anthem “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” which was first a spoken poem and then a song, you hear the voice … Continue reading The Magic’s ‘Grandeur’ revisits the power and legacy of Gil Scott-Heron