The poetry of persistence: Los Delicados at 25 celebrate with a weekend of ‘Floricanto’

Los Delicados built their brand on being persistent. There wasn’t an ecosystem in place for the poetry collective’s special brand of performance in 1996, which contains a hybrid of performance … Continue reading The poetry of persistence: Los Delicados at 25 celebrate with a weekend of ‘Floricanto’

Review: High flying ‘Dear San Francisco’ soars

Since 1974, “Beach Blanket Babylon” served as the default show for tourists coming to San Francisco. The hugely irreverent production, founded by San José State alumnus Steve Silver, followed the … Continue reading Review: High flying ‘Dear San Francisco’ soars

Review: Horror and humor the vehicle for Crowded Fire’s fantastic ‘Displaced’

The joy of embracing a new living situation can come with lots of banal choices, yet with each decision that speaks for those who are now ready to go fully … Continue reading Review: Horror and humor the vehicle for Crowded Fire’s fantastic ‘Displaced’

Review: SF Playhouse’s ‘The Song of Summer’ hits notes, misses others

Pop music gets a bad rap. There’s delight in lyrics that are so basic, so anodyne, with pinpoint precise choreography, sharp duds and plenty of head-bopping. No groundbreaking intended, and … Continue reading Review: SF Playhouse’s ‘The Song of Summer’ hits notes, misses others

New San Francisco theatre company ‘Chikahan’ aims to tell authentic Filipinx stories

Idealism in the age of quarantine is a crazy dynamic. Spurred by racial protests throughout the nation in 2020, artists everywhere began to rethink what is possible, equitable, necessary and … Continue reading New San Francisco theatre company ‘Chikahan’ aims to tell authentic Filipinx stories

Review: The honesty of Gomez comes through in ‘Spanking Machine’

In a particularly fraught moment in the story during solo performer Marga Gomez’s 13th newest show “Spanking Machine,” now coming your way every Sunday via Zoom through Oct. 11, the … Continue reading Review: The honesty of Gomez comes through in ‘Spanking Machine’

Margo Magic: New AD Hall grabs the reins of historic Hansberry Theatre

If things were to have gone a different way, we might be talking about Margo Hall, one of the greatest dentists in history. The Detroit native roamed the hallowed grounds … Continue reading Margo Magic: New AD Hall grabs the reins of historic Hansberry Theatre

Gomez’ ‘Spanking Machine’ is ready to become unexpected number 13

*Note: This piece was the final feature I wrote before COVID-19 shut down mass gatherings only two days later. The original run of this show was scheduled for March 13th … Continue reading Gomez’ ‘Spanking Machine’ is ready to become unexpected number 13

Pérez González warns of forbidden fruit in the Magic’s ‘Don’t Eat the Mangos’

Ricardo Pérez González considers his newest play “Don’t Eat the Mangos,” currently in a rolling world premiere at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco a “wickedly funny tragedy.” Which begs … Continue reading Pérez González warns of forbidden fruit in the Magic’s ‘Don’t Eat the Mangos’

Review: Broadway SF’s ‘The Last Ship’ sails smoothly and then begins to sink

The skinny on the Bay Area national tour stop of “The Last Ship” is a tale of two halves. That first half is smooth sailing all the way, a warm … Continue reading Review: Broadway SF’s ‘The Last Ship’ sails smoothly and then begins to sink

Solis’ personal stories of life on the border are featured in Word for Word’s ‘Retablos’ in San Francisco

Playwright Octavio Solis is obviously used to writing pieces that are shared with theatre audiences. But his latest piece, running at Z Below in San Francisco, is quite different. Word … Continue reading Solis’ personal stories of life on the border are featured in Word for Word’s ‘Retablos’ in San Francisco

Awesome Theatre’s ‘Clickbait’ is ready to scare the ‘Tube’ out of ‘You’

Claire Rice has embraced the challenge of trying to scare folks who walk through the doors of PianoFight in San Francisco . And Tonya Narvaez is helping her do exactly … Continue reading Awesome Theatre’s ‘Clickbait’ is ready to scare the ‘Tube’ out of ‘You’