Review: City Lights’ ‘Elephant Man’ is effective, insightful

John Merrick stands firmly at attention, a pair of khaki shorts, no shirt, staring blankly into space. This particular tableau is a bit striking in its simplicity. But slowly, as … Continue reading Review: City Lights’ ‘Elephant Man’ is effective, insightful

Laughs of substance aplenty in City Lights’ ‘Tigers Be Still’

It was just a few days before Thanksgiving, when Virginia Drake and her cast of the City Lights Theater Company production of “Tigers Be Still” had a pleasant, joyful read-through … Continue reading Laughs of substance aplenty in City Lights’ ‘Tigers Be Still’

Review: ‘M. Butterfly at City Lights a searing spectacle

The shadows fill the air with mystery. Soft blues and curvy silhouettes create palpable intrigue, one that scintillates with curiosity. Filling those curves is Song Liling, a young Chinese opera … Continue reading Review: ‘M. Butterfly at City Lights a searing spectacle

City Lights’ ‘Truce’ a reminder of what is possible in times of war

The holidays have long been a magical time of year. Despite the annual cynicism that comes with Christmas songs in August and Black Friday that starts on regular Wednesday, the … Continue reading City Lights’ ‘Truce’ a reminder of what is possible in times of war

Review: City Lights’ ‘The Language Archive’ strong in its unity

George is a somewhat awkward gent. He bumbles around his cluttered office, a room filled with boxes and boxes, and most importantly, an old reel-to-reel tape machine. This machine holds … Continue reading Review: City Lights’ ‘The Language Archive’ strong in its unity

The conflict of communication the focus of City Lights’ ‘The Language Archive’

George is a scholar at a language archive, and is an expert in languages that are becoming extinct, such as the late 19th century language Esperanto. He is a master … Continue reading The conflict of communication the focus of City Lights’ ‘The Language Archive’

The Drama Guy’s top 10 of ’13

It has been a stellar year in the Bay Area for theatre. So many wonderful productions, so many amazing performances, and just another year confirming that if you are a … Continue reading The Drama Guy’s top 10 of ’13