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

Review: A.C.T.’s powerful ‘Rhinoceros’ warns of the dangers of conformity

Eugene Ionesco might not have been thinking of mind-numbing dances like the Macarena or the Floss when he penned his great play “Rhinoceros” in 1959. But that one moment, when … Continue reading Review: A.C.T.’s powerful ‘Rhinoceros’ warns of the dangers of conformity

Bublitz’ ‘Ripped’ at Z Space looks at the complexities of consent

The month of May is a thrilling time for a college-bound high school senior. College decisions sweep through the latest senior class, graduations and summertime looms large, and campuses big … Continue reading Bublitz’ ‘Ripped’ at Z Space looks at the complexities of consent

Musica y raíces of the Bay Area’s Afro-Cuban community on full display in Flores’ very personal ‘We Have Iré’

Paul S. Flores draws a clear delineation between the stories of Cuban exiles and those of Cuban immigrants. An exile story has themes such as Fidel Castro and the city … Continue reading Musica y raíces of the Bay Area’s Afro-Cuban community on full display in Flores’ very personal ‘We Have Iré’

Review: A foggy Chinatown the backdrop for Palo Alto Players’ delightful ‘Flower Drum Song’

It only takes a single viewing of the opening tableau of the Palo Alto Players production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song” to feel the richness of what’s to come. … Continue reading Review: A foggy Chinatown the backdrop for Palo Alto Players’ delightful ‘Flower Drum Song’

For the Kilbanes, A.C.T.’s ‘Weightless’ is a marriage made in music heaven

Like so many artists who marry, musicians Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses met, made beautiful music together, fell in love as a result, and are now creating shows all over … Continue reading For the Kilbanes, A.C.T.’s ‘Weightless’ is a marriage made in music heaven

Review: Curran’s white-hot ‘Jungle’ forces us to look within our souls

“You have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land.” – Warsan Shire It is a haunting, brutal image. Blue … Continue reading Review: Curran’s white-hot ‘Jungle’ forces us to look within our souls

Review: Decadence on display in SHN’s delightful ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Chocolate for a little child is purely joyful. Unless you’re Charlie Bucket. The little lad, who is on the cusp of another birthday, loves chocolate, loves its taste, loves its … Continue reading Review: Decadence on display in SHN’s delightful ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’