Tachis returns as the infamous Crumpet in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Santaland Diaries’

One of the first things that strikes you when it comes to meeting Crumpet the Elf is his ability to throw back the booze. His traveling bar, with plenty of … Continue reading Tachis returns as the infamous Crumpet in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Santaland Diaries’

Mansour searches for dialogue in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War’

In a recent episode of the podcast “Black on the Air” featuring comedian/host Larry Wilmore and his guest, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, both agreed that this may be the … Continue reading Mansour searches for dialogue in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War’

Review: ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran is delicious

There is an awful lot happening in a Taylor Mac show. By Mac’s sustainability standards, the wonderfully poignant and joyous two-plus hour piece “Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” is obviously not … Continue reading Review: ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran is delicious

Review: Hope and devastation make for the perfect storm in Nilaja Sun’s ‘Pike St.’ at Berkeley Rep

When you watch solo artist extraordinaire Nilaja Sun move through space, her brilliance isn’t always in what you see. The true greatness lies in what she herself is seeing. This … Continue reading Review: Hope and devastation make for the perfect storm in Nilaja Sun’s ‘Pike St.’ at Berkeley Rep

‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran features a ‘Ray’ of musical light

For the past 10 years, Matt Ray has had a front row seat to a genius performer in the literal sense. And in an example of incredible staying power, one … Continue reading ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran features a ‘Ray’ of musical light

Sun rises at Berkeley Rep: Solo performer shares stories of devastation and hope in ‘Pike St.’

Upon arriving in Berkeley this past weekend, performer, playwright and teaching artist Nilaja Sun was harshly reminded of the pain and suffering of a natural disaster. The beautiful, blue Bay … Continue reading Sun rises at Berkeley Rep: Solo performer shares stories of devastation and hope in ‘Pike St.’

Theatre Capsules: Immersive in the City, Circus in the Town, and a new company rises in the East

Three capsules to capture some new and exciting events in the Bay Area’s theatre scene… CROWDED FIRE, EMN AND AXIS JOIN ARTISTIC FORCES  Multiple arts organizations are gathering together this … Continue reading Theatre Capsules: Immersive in the City, Circus in the Town, and a new company rises in the East

Altizio finds balance with Polly in Bay Area Musicals’ ‘Crazy for You’

At first glance, George and Ira Gershwin’s classic show “Crazy for You” seems a lot older than it is. Its base is built from the catalogue of arguably the greatest … Continue reading Altizio finds balance with Polly in Bay Area Musicals’ ‘Crazy for You’

Arabian Shakes’ gets physical with Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

There is no one way to direct a play written by William Shakespeare. What is thrilling about directing a work by the Bard is that it’s an empty canvas. Stage … Continue reading Arabian Shakes’ gets physical with Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Review: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Fun Home’ soars

Bruce (James Lloyd Reynolds) shares a piece of treasure with his daughter Small Alison (Lila Gold), a memory that Alison (Moira Stone) draws at her drafting table in “Fun Home,” … Continue reading Review: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Fun Home’ soars

Family loyalty is tested in Halfnight’s ‘The Resting Place’ at the Magic

People who commit horrific crimes and engage in criminal behavior don’t just have a whole new litany of problems as a result of their terrible choices. They also have family … Continue reading Family loyalty is tested in Halfnight’s ‘The Resting Place’ at the Magic