Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes needs to find more unity

Very early on in the Cal Shakes production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” a large smear of blood stains the window and doesn’t move for the duration of the performance. This … Continue reading Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes needs to find more unity

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Great Wave’ needs more truth from the treacherous waters

Close your eyes and feel the waves. There is very little more soothing, more life-affirming than hearing a wave crash along a shore line. The delectable beauty of the fiendish, … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Great Wave’ needs more truth from the treacherous waters

A sweeping storm and a sweeping epic inspires Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at Berkeley Rep

When Francis Turnly set out to write a sweeping, epic story of two sisters and their place in two disparate countries, no word was left unturned. Turnly’s first draft of … Continue reading A sweeping storm and a sweeping epic inspires Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at Berkeley Rep

Review: Fascinating history and fabulous tech not enough to save SHN’s ‘Anastasia’

There is a wonderfully tender moment in the musical “Anastasia” when the young Russian woman reflects on one of the most magical memories of her childhood. As the dashing Russians … Continue reading Review: Fascinating history and fabulous tech not enough to save SHN’s ‘Anastasia’

August Color Capsules: Marga is funny, Queer Cats and supporting women’s theatre

I’m going to try something out. One of the things I enjoy most about running this site is the ability I have to amplify works from artists of color. I … Continue reading August Color Capsules: Marga is funny, Queer Cats and supporting women’s theatre

Review: Viewing the way we connect in strong ‘Language Archive’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

One of the most tender moments in a play loaded with them takes place between the linguist George and his wife Mary, a couple in danger of becoming two passing … Continue reading Review: Viewing the way we connect in strong ‘Language Archive’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Review: Shotgun’s powerful ‘Kill Move Paradise’ is searing and unsettling

Amadou Diallo. Malcolm Ferguson. Patrick Dorismond. Earl Murray. Ronald Beasley. Prince Jones. Timothy Thomas. Orlando Barlow. Ousmane Zongo. Alberta Spruill. Timothy Stansbury. James Brisette. Ronald Madison. Henry Glover. Sean Bell. … Continue reading Review: Shotgun’s powerful ‘Kill Move Paradise’ is searing and unsettling

Review: Rude, crude ‘Book of Mormon’ also delights at Broadway San Jose

“The Book of Mormon” kicked off the early part of the decade as fierce satire, highly offensive, rude and crude. And years later, as the end of the decade is … Continue reading Review: Rude, crude ‘Book of Mormon’ also delights at Broadway San Jose