Review: Choreo steals the show in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Paradise Square’

There is a smooth as hell flow and a succulent ease that kicks off the opening moments of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s world premiere musical “Paradise Square.” And while there are … Continue reading Review: Choreo steals the show in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Paradise Square’

The Marsh’s Irma Herrera would like to share with you how to pronounce her name

Irma Herrera remembers her transition from a parochial middle school to a public high school. Her parochial school was a much greater reflection of her segregated upbringing, a young, Mexican … Continue reading The Marsh’s Irma Herrera would like to share with you how to pronounce her name

Review: A fantastical world and endless possibilities in wonderful ‘Tuck Everlasting’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Little Winnie is like any young girl, delightfully ornery and innately curious. She drives her mother and grandmother crazy, boredom and monotony settling into her and her laconic little town. … Continue reading Review: A fantastical world and endless possibilities in wonderful ‘Tuck Everlasting’ at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Review: Ross is the boss in stellar ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Curran

Teens these days are more connected to each other than ever before. When they aren’t on Instagram, they are posting stories and maintaining streaks on Snapchat, just seconds away from … Continue reading Review: Ross is the boss in stellar ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Curran

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