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’

Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

His name was Otilio. To her, he was Tio Otilio. Irma Herrera’s aunts and uncles came from a generation where names like Dominga, Socorro and Epifania were commonplace. Those were … Continue reading Review: Lend an ‘ear’ to Herrera in the Marsh’s ‘Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name’

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’