Review: A painful puzzle is put together in A.C.T. San Francisco’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

In the tiny living room that Abasiama occupies, there lies a puzzle. It’s not one of those 500-piece deals you buy at Target, mind you, but a homemade puzzle at … Continue reading Review: A painful puzzle is put together in A.C.T. San Francisco’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Review: If you don’t know, now you know that juicy ‘Hamilton’ reigns supreme

Words, words, words. When Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls engaged in an epic, genre-changing feud resulting in two raw-as-hell diss tracks in the ‘90s, the viciousness and furious, visceral nature … Continue reading Review: If you don’t know, now you know that juicy ‘Hamilton’ reigns supreme

Review: Despite some issues, SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ is big, old-school Broadway fun

There is a charming moment in “Hello Dolly!” which is simplistic in its approach but feels like big, old-school Broadway. The show’s structure is all about its title character, the … Continue reading Review: Despite some issues, SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ is big, old-school Broadway fun

Director Maog connects deeply with Udofia’s story, vision in A.C.T.’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Victor Malana Maog has thought a lot about his own immigrant story with his latest directing projects, one opening this week and another which is connected and just getting started. … Continue reading Director Maog connects deeply with Udofia’s story, vision in A.C.T.’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Review: Tennessee females rule in San Jose Stage’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Brick and Maggie both take up space in the sweltering static bedroom that resides within the Mississippi Delta, satin sheets adorning the soft mattress that have gone unused by the … Continue reading Review: Tennessee females rule in San Jose Stage’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

Rouleau ready for his Bay Area return in SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’

Something very special took place for the national touring cast of “Hello Dolly!” The show, which says hello to San Francisco as part of SHN’s current season, recently saw the … Continue reading Rouleau ready for his Bay Area return in SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’

Bindlestiff Studio is ready for this year’s ‘Love Edition’ tradition

What’s love got to do with it? San Francisco’s Filipino-American and Pilipino theatre company Bindlestiff Studio has entered that part of the year where they try to figure it out. … Continue reading Bindlestiff Studio is ready for this year’s ‘Love Edition’ tradition

Review: Effective chaos in Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘American Night’

Juan Jose is an ideal fella. He is giddy at the chance to adopt the United States as his country, his home after fleeing the grips of a dangerous cartel … Continue reading Review: Effective chaos in Los Altos Stage Company’s ‘American Night’

Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’ entertains, yet falls a bit flat

In the history of theatre, we have learned that William Shakespeare was a lot of things – namely a playwright, director and poet. What we didn’t bank on was that … Continue reading Review: Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’ entertains, yet falls a bit flat

Review: No easy answers in strong ‘Mothers and Sons’ at City Lights

When Katharine’s son Andre played Hamlet in New York, there was a moment when he uttered these words: “There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it … Continue reading Review: No easy answers in strong ‘Mothers and Sons’ at City Lights