Review: Despite criticisms, ‘Hamilton’ still solid

Has there ever been anything in the history of Broadway like “Hamilton?” Certainly, there have been gargantuan hits that took the nation by storm, and time will tell which shows … Continue reading Review: Despite criticisms, ‘Hamilton’ still solid

Review: Horror and humor the vehicle for Crowded Fire’s fantastic ‘Displaced’

The joy of embracing a new living situation can come with lots of banal choices, yet with each decision that speaks for those who are now ready to go fully … Continue reading Review: Horror and humor the vehicle for Crowded Fire’s fantastic ‘Displaced’

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’

Review: 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 Review: The honesty of Gomez comes through in ‘Spanking Machine’