Review: A painful puzzle is put together in A.C.T. San Francisco’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

In the tiny living room that Abasiama occupies, there lies a puzzle. It’s not one of those 500-piece deals you buy at Target, mind you, but a homemade puzzle at … Continue reading Review: A painful puzzle is put together in A.C.T. San Francisco’s ‘Her Portmanteau’

Review: If you don’t know, now you know that juicy ‘Hamilton’ reigns supreme

Words, words, words. When Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls engaged in an epic, genre-changing feud resulting in two raw-as-hell diss tracks in the ‘90s, the viciousness and furious, visceral nature … Continue reading Review: If you don’t know, now you know that juicy ‘Hamilton’ reigns supreme

Review: Despite some issues, SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ is big, old-school Broadway fun

There is a charming moment in “Hello Dolly!” which is simplistic in its approach but feels like big, old-school Broadway. The show’s structure is all about its title character, the … Continue reading Review: Despite some issues, SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ is big, old-school Broadway fun

Rouleau ready for his Bay Area return in SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’

Something very special took place for the national touring cast of “Hello Dolly!” The show, which says hello to San Francisco as part of SHN’s current season, recently saw the … Continue reading Rouleau ready for his Bay Area return in SHN’s ‘Hello Dolly!’

Bindlestiff Studio is ready for this year’s ‘Love Edition’ tradition

What’s love got to do with it? San Francisco’s Filipino-American and Pilipino theatre company Bindlestiff Studio has entered that part of the year where they try to figure it out. … Continue reading Bindlestiff Studio is ready for this year’s ‘Love Edition’ tradition

The Marsh’s Irma Herrera would like to share with you how to pronounce her name

Irma Herrera remembers her transition from a parochial middle school to a public high school. Her parochial school was a much greater reflection of her segregated upbringing, a young, Mexican … Continue reading The Marsh’s Irma Herrera would like to share with you how to pronounce her name

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’