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’

Review: Hale’s charm not enough for confounding ‘Wakey, Wakey’ at A.C.T.

There will certainly be a group of audience members who will attend American Conservatory Theater’s production of “Wakey, Wakey” and heap it with praise. The production is loaded with quirky … Continue reading Review: Hale’s charm not enough for confounding ‘Wakey, Wakey’ at A.C.T.

Review: Despite some lull, Curran’s ‘Cursed Child’ is a jaw-dropping tour through Harry’s world

One of the greatest appeals of the character of Harry Potter is how ordinary he is despite his elevated status in the wizarding world. His bespectacled face, consternation towards his … Continue reading Review: Despite some lull, Curran’s ‘Cursed Child’ is a jaw-dropping tour through Harry’s world

Providing a voice drives Suh in Magic Theatre’s ‘The Chinese Lady’

The Bay Area at large and San Francisco in particular boasts an extremely large Chinese population. Stores, restaurants, the iconic lamps on Grant Avenue and the sounds of the erhu … Continue reading Providing a voice drives Suh in Magic Theatre’s ‘The Chinese Lady’

Review: Fascinating history and fabulous tech not enough to save SHN’s ‘Anastasia’

There is a wonderfully tender moment in the musical “Anastasia” when the young Russian woman reflects on one of the most magical memories of her childhood. As the dashing Russians … Continue reading Review: Fascinating history and fabulous tech not enough to save SHN’s ‘Anastasia’

August Color Capsules: Marga is funny, Queer Cats and supporting women’s theatre

I’m going to try something out. One of the things I enjoy most about running this site is the ability I have to amplify works from artists of color. I … Continue reading August Color Capsules: Marga is funny, Queer Cats and supporting women’s theatre

Review: Z Space’s powerful ‘Ripped’ is scintillating and challenging

The opening seconds of “Ripped” are loaded with foreboding. The young woman who lies beneath the cool, white sheets rustles with uncomfortable agitation. This woman, who we learn is named … Continue reading Review: Z Space’s powerful ‘Ripped’ is scintillating and challenging