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

Baker relishes the thrill of the Will in Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’

If you were William Shakespeare, how full of yourself would you be? You’ve written 38 plays and 154 sonnets that have shaped, and in many cases, invented the English language. … Continue reading Baker relishes the thrill of the Will in Broadway San Jose’s ‘Something Rotten’

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

Broadway Review: Humanity at its finest in wonderful ‘Come From Away’

Recently, I attended the American Theatre Critics Association conference in New York City, where I saw four Broadway shows for review. The final of my four reviews is “Come From Away” which … Continue reading Broadway Review: Humanity at its finest in wonderful ‘Come From Away’

Broadway Review: A whole lot right in Broadway’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Recently, I attended the American Theatre Critics Association conference in New York City, where I saw four Broadway shows for review. The third of my four reviews is “The Play That … Continue reading Broadway Review: A whole lot right in Broadway’s ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

Broadway Review: Plenty of strong moments in uneven ‘Bronx Tale’

Recently, I attended the American Theatre Critics Association conference in New York City, where I saw four Broadway shows for review. The second of my four reviews is “A Bronx Tale” which … Continue reading Broadway Review: Plenty of strong moments in uneven ‘Bronx Tale’

Review: SHN’s underwhelming ‘Roman Holiday’ is simple and safe

There’s nothing particularly poor about SHN’s latest production, the pre-Broadway premiere of “Roman Holiday.” The principals and ensemble are all mostly entertaining, some nice choreography, a few big showstoppers and … Continue reading Review: SHN’s underwhelming ‘Roman Holiday’ is simple and safe

African-American Shakespeare Company drives ‘Jitney’ onto the stage

“This was the very first play in which I listened to the dialogue as opposed to trying to force it into the mouths of characters, and once I got the … Continue reading African-American Shakespeare Company drives ‘Jitney’ onto the stage

Hedwig and Hall are a match made in rock and roll Heaven.

It’s been one helluva year for San Francisco native Lena Hall. She was part of an amazing run in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” where Hall played loyal husband … Continue reading Hedwig and Hall are a match made in rock and roll Heaven.

Travels with Robert: Broadway set designer returns home with SHN’s ‘Cabaret’

Mention to Robert Brill that he may be the second most famous alumnus from Salinas High School, and you’re sure to get a chuckle. “Who might the first be?” asks … Continue reading Travels with Robert: Broadway set designer returns home with SHN’s ‘Cabaret’