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’

Ramirez removes the cloak of homeless invisibility in Ubuntu’s ‘Down Here Below’

Invisibility. It’s a world that homeless people live in constantly. As many stand on a street corner or a turning island, their eyes yearn for a connection, hopeful that a … Continue reading Ramirez removes the cloak of homeless invisibility in Ubuntu’s ‘Down Here Below’

A house is not a home, or is it? Sobelle’s ‘Home’ looks at the differences between the two at Berkeley Rep

On the surface, the defined differences between the words house and home are subtle. But as the connotations of each word are more deeply explored, they couldn’t be further apart … Continue reading A house is not a home, or is it? Sobelle’s ‘Home’ looks at the differences between the two at Berkeley Rep

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