Bublitz’ ‘Ripped’ at Z Space looks at the complexities of consent

The month of May is a thrilling time for a college-bound high school senior. College decisions sweep through the latest senior class, graduations and summertime looms large, and campuses big … Continue reading Bublitz’ ‘Ripped’ at Z Space looks at the complexities of consent

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Good Book’ a thrill that looks at the good and not so good

There is a ferocity that lies within the Catholic priest, a man for whom there is no bend. In a small confessional in the back of the church, he and … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Good Book’ a thrill that looks at the good and not so good

Review: Celestial beauty abounds in A.C.T.’s grand ‘Weightless’

It is truly hard to pinpoint what exactly makes the American Conservatory Theater production of “Weightless” so beautiful, so majestic. It takes a hint of time at the onset to … Continue reading Review: Celestial beauty abounds in A.C.T.’s grand ‘Weightless’

Musica y raíces of the Bay Area’s Afro-Cuban community on full display in Flores’ very personal ‘We Have Iré’

Paul S. Flores draws a clear delineation between the stories of Cuban exiles and those of Cuban immigrants. An exile story has themes such as Fidel Castro and the city … Continue reading Musica y raíces of the Bay Area’s Afro-Cuban community on full display in Flores’ very personal ‘We Have Iré’

Review: A foggy Chinatown the backdrop for Palo Alto Players’ delightful ‘Flower Drum Song’

It only takes a single viewing of the opening tableau of the Palo Alto Players production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song” to feel the richness of what’s to come. … Continue reading Review: A foggy Chinatown the backdrop for Palo Alto Players’ delightful ‘Flower Drum Song’

For the Kilbanes, A.C.T.’s ‘Weightless’ is a marriage made in music heaven

Like so many artists who marry, musicians Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses met, made beautiful music together, fell in love as a result, and are now creating shows all over … Continue reading For the Kilbanes, A.C.T.’s ‘Weightless’ is a marriage made in music heaven

O’Toole’s great talent leads her to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Good Book’

It is hard, maybe impossible even, to think of a book that has influenced the world more than the Bible. “The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined … Continue reading O’Toole’s great talent leads her to Berkeley Rep’s ‘Good Book’

Review: Curran’s white-hot ‘Jungle’ forces us to look within our souls

“You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” – Warsan Shire It is a haunting, brutal image. Blue … Continue reading Review: Curran’s white-hot ‘Jungle’ forces us to look within our souls

Review: Decadence on display in SHN’s delightful ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Chocolate for a little child is purely joyful. Unless you’re Charlie Bucket. The little lad, who is on the cusp of another birthday, loves chocolate, loves its taste, loves its … Continue reading Review: Decadence on display in SHN’s delightful ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

His name was Otilio. To her, he was Tio Otilio. Irma Herrera’s aunts and uncles came from a generation where names like Dominga, Socorro and Epifania were commonplace. Those were … Continue reading Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’