Stone’s love for Alisons of all sizes is strong in TheatreWorks’ ‘Fun Home’

Moira Stone is in awe of Alison Bechdel. It’s not just Bechdel’s obvious talent as an author, illustrator, and her critical role in popular culture. It’s not simply her inspiration … Continue reading Stone’s love for Alisons of all sizes is strong in TheatreWorks’ ‘Fun Home’

Review: Humor-filled ‘Native Gardens’ a mostly green affair

I have had these conversations. Believe you me, I have had these conversations. Sometimes being a person of color means people don’t always know what to make of you. In … Continue reading Review: Humor-filled ‘Native Gardens’ a mostly green affair

Howdy neighbor: Playwright Zacarías dives into proximity battles in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Native Gardens’

There are few things worse than a war with a neighbor. Playwright Karen Zacarías started quite a conversation at a dinner party a few years ago while discussing a new … Continue reading Howdy neighbor: Playwright Zacarías dives into proximity battles in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s ‘Native Gardens’

Review: Virtuosity of Hershey Felder is apparent in TheatreWorks’ stellar ‘Our Great Tchaikovsky’

When looking at the life of the great composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, there are many stories to be told. One is of the man and influences that inspired decadent concertos … Continue reading Review: Virtuosity of Hershey Felder is apparent in TheatreWorks’ stellar ‘Our Great Tchaikovsky’

Review: Pear Theatre’s ‘Mountaintop’ is stunning, exquisite

“You won’t feel the hurt – the world will.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. biographer Taylor Branch said the following when speaking of King’s autopsy after his assassination in 1968 – “The … Continue reading Review: Pear Theatre’s ‘Mountaintop’ is stunning, exquisite

Review: Words of Hudes’ shine brightly in TheatreWorks’ ‘Water by the Spoonful’

The conversations flow with an edge. Expletives are dished out, but a moderator censors anything that goes against the rules of decorum. No insults. No bad words. Support those who … Continue reading Review: Words of Hudes’ shine brightly in TheatreWorks’ ‘Water by the Spoonful’

Review: Strong showcase of Shakespeare’s language in The Pear’s ‘Tempest’

A case can certainly be made that William Shakespeare saved his best play for one of his last plays when writing “The Tempest.” The play is chock-full of passionate language, … Continue reading Review: Strong showcase of Shakespeare’s language in The Pear’s ‘Tempest’