Review: Ross is the boss in stellar ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Curran

Teens these days are more connected to each other than ever before. When they aren’t on Instagram, they are posting stories and maintaining streaks on Snapchat, just seconds away from … Continue reading Review: Ross is the boss in stellar ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ at the Curran

Mansour searches for dialogue in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War’

In a recent episode of the podcast “Black on the Air” featuring comedian/host Larry Wilmore and his guest, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, both agreed that this may be the … Continue reading Mansour searches for dialogue in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War’

Review: ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran is delicious

There is an awful lot happening in a Taylor Mac show. By Mac’s sustainability standards, the wonderfully poignant and joyous two-plus hour piece “Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce” is obviously not … Continue reading Review: ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran is delicious

‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran features a ‘Ray’ of musical light

For the past 10 years, Matt Ray has had a front row seat to a genius performer in the literal sense. And in an example of incredible staying power, one … Continue reading ‘Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce’ at the Curran features a ‘Ray’ of musical light

Altizio finds balance with Polly in Bay Area Musicals’ ‘Crazy for You’

At first glance, George and Ira Gershwin’s classic show “Crazy for You” seems a lot older than it is. Its base is built from the catalogue of arguably the greatest … Continue reading Altizio finds balance with Polly in Bay Area Musicals’ ‘Crazy for You’

Arabian Shakes’ gets physical with Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

There is no one way to direct a play written by William Shakespeare. What is thrilling about directing a work by the Bard is that it’s an empty canvas. Stage … Continue reading Arabian Shakes’ gets physical with Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’

Family loyalty is tested in Halfnight’s ‘The Resting Place’ at the Magic

People who commit horrific crimes and engage in criminal behavior don’t just have a whole new litany of problems as a result of their terrible choices. They also have family … Continue reading Family loyalty is tested in Halfnight’s ‘The Resting Place’ at the Magic

Closing weekend for powerful and timely ‘Richard III’ from African-American Shakes

Director Kirsten Brandt is a few days away from closing her first show with the African-American Shakespeare Company, a production of the vicious classic “Richard III.” And to hear the … Continue reading Closing weekend for powerful and timely ‘Richard III’ from African-American Shakes

Review: A friendship built from oppression displayed in ACT’s searing ‘Splendid Suns’

Theirs is a bond like no other. It is not hard to see what makes Mariam and Laila come together. Both existing in a world of suffocating oppression, tethered to … Continue reading Review: A friendship built from oppression displayed in ACT’s searing ‘Splendid Suns’

Review: Everything’s all white with sharp ‘Two Mile Hollow’ at Ferocious Lotus

One thing you have to say about those Donnelly’s – they know how to make an entrance. Take the dashing, thunderously white stepson Joshua. He doesn’t so much enter a … Continue reading Review: Everything’s all white with sharp ‘Two Mile Hollow’ at Ferocious Lotus

Review: ‘Soft Power’ at the Curran takes sharp aim through laughs and song

In the past few years, I have fallen in love with a few things. First, there’s KPop. What’s not to love about these fantastically constructed groups with sick dance moves … Continue reading Review: ‘Soft Power’ at the Curran takes sharp aim through laughs and song