Happy birthday, dear Jeffrey: Lo and friends gather on a ‘Bench’ to raise funds for Bay Area theatre companies

It was a table read like no other. And it will be a birthday like no other as well. “Jeffrey Lo’s Birthday Bench Project,” the eighth Bench Project production yet … Continue reading Happy birthday, dear Jeffrey: Lo and friends gather on a ‘Bench’ to raise funds for Bay Area theatre companies

Review: The good and bad of theatre relationships in City Lights’ ‘Stage Kiss’

Poor, poor Kevin. The hapless everyman functions plenty in Sarah Ruhl’s “Stage Kiss,” now running at City Lights Theater Company. He’s a dude who’s always there when you need him, … Continue reading Review: The good and bad of theatre relationships in City Lights’ ‘Stage Kiss’

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: A beautiful ‘Silent Sky’ at City Lights shines bright

What is it about the stars that inspires endless fascination? Peek into the vast darkness that hovers above on a clear night, and the magical wonderment of the hundreds of … Continue reading Review: A beautiful ‘Silent Sky’ at City Lights shines bright

Review: No easy answers in strong ‘Mothers and Sons’ at City Lights

When Katharine’s son Andre played Hamlet in New York, there was a moment when he uttered these words: “There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it … Continue reading Review: No easy answers in strong ‘Mothers and Sons’ at City Lights

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