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The game of cricket serves as a metaphor in A.C.T’s ‘Testmatch’

Lipica Shah never considered herself a fan of cricket. But ask her about a game she never really watched or grew up with and she gets positively giddy, even pointing … Continue reading The game of cricket serves as a metaphor in A.C.T’s ‘Testmatch’

Townsend lives the Hollywood dream in ‘Living the Shuffle’ at the Marsh

“You know, let me just say this…” Robert Townsend is a thoughtful gent. Before answering any question, he ponders it deeply in order to give the most accurate answer possible. … Continue reading Townsend lives the Hollywood dream in ‘Living the Shuffle’ at the Marsh

Gundunas connects with all of her lives in ‘Nine’ at San Jose’s 3Below

Susan Gundunas is quite the artist. She’s a professional actor, a vocalist specializing in a wide variety of styles including opera, and a voice teacher who runs a classical singer … Continue reading Gundunas connects with all of her lives in ‘Nine’ at San Jose’s 3Below

Providing a voice drives Suh in Magic Theatre’s ‘The Chinese Lady’

The Bay Area at large and San Francisco in particular boasts an extremely large Chinese population. Stores, restaurants, the iconic lamps on Grant Avenue and the sounds of the erhu … Continue reading Providing a voice drives Suh in Magic Theatre’s ‘The Chinese Lady’

Review: City Lights’ ‘The Wolves’ is a scrumptious slice on the pitch

Orange slices at halftime. While all youth sports have things that make them special, there is no image more iconic than orange slices being shared out of a big, colorful … Continue reading Review: City Lights’ ‘The Wolves’ is a scrumptious slice on the pitch

Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes needs to find more unity

Very early on in the Cal Shakes production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” a large smear of blood stains the window and doesn’t move for the duration of the performance. This … Continue reading Review: ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes needs to find more unity

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Great Wave’ needs more truth from the treacherous waters

Close your eyes and feel the waves. There is very little more soothing, more life-affirming than hearing a wave crash along a shore line. The delectable beauty of the fiendish, … Continue reading Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Great Wave’ needs more truth from the treacherous waters

A sweeping storm and a sweeping epic inspires Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at Berkeley Rep

When Francis Turnly set out to write a sweeping, epic story of two sisters and their place in two disparate countries, no word was left unturned. Turnly’s first draft of … Continue reading A sweeping storm and a sweeping epic inspires Turnly’s ‘The Great Wave’ at Berkeley Rep

Review: Aurora’s ‘Exit Strategy’ finds its heroes, villains

School fight songs will never be found in the great American song book. These mostly banal tributes to the greatness of the alma mater are simplistic in their rhyme scheme … Continue reading Review: Aurora’s ‘Exit Strategy’ finds its heroes, villains

Review: Fascinating history and fabulous tech not enough to save SHN’s ‘Anastasia’

There is a wonderfully tender moment in the musical “Anastasia” when the young Russian woman reflects on one of the most magical memories of her childhood. As the dashing Russians … Continue reading Review: Fascinating history and fabulous tech not enough to save SHN’s ‘Anastasia’