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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Review: San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is local theater at its best by Lily Janiak

The romantic comedy adapts Shakespeare into a musical so persuasively you might think the two genres had always been intertwined.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:37PM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Review: BroadwaySF presents a ‘Christmas Carol’ that’s actually interesting by Lily Janiak

Every monstrous skinflint was once a small child, the S.F. production says, one who read adventure stories and imagined his toys to life.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:18PM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

With Stephen Sondheim, musicals grew up, charting careers for Bay Area theater artists by Lily Janiak

The composer and lyricist, who died Friday, Nov. 26, made musical theater encompass the full range of human experience.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:40PM
Monday, November 29, 2021

Doomed to be unheard: Malvina Reynolds’ music retells Cassandra myth at Shotgun Players by Lily Janiak

The folk singer-songwriter, who never had wide name recognition, gets new life in the form of a piece by theater artist Beth Wilmurt.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, November 24, 2021

TheatreWorks’ Phil Santora to depart after 15 years as executive director by Lily Janiak

The move concludes a 15-year tenure with the Tony-winning theater, and it closely follows the departure of Robert Kelley.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:18PM

Review: The drawing room is lab and sports arena in Marin Theatre Company’s Jane Austen riff by Lily Janiak

At its best, the world premiere "Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley" is a field day for its nine-person cast.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:09PM
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

When you paid top price for Broadway tour seats — and can’t hear the dialogue by Lily Janiak

It would be one thing if the "My Fair Lady" sound gaffe lasted only a moment instead of recurring throughout the show.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, November 20, 2021

Review: ‘Plot Points in Our Sexual Development’ starts as a gossip sesh, turns into couples therapy by Lily Janiak

An uneven New Conservatory Theatre Center production is deeply interested in seminal memories of the body and desire.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:35PM
Friday, November 19, 2021

In Aurora’s ‘Father/Daughter,’ two couples, two meet-cutes but endless analysis by Lily Janiak

Playwright Kait Kerrigan elongates what could have been a poetic, fragmentary play into a full-blown relationship postmortem.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:07PM
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘Wintertime’ is an imaginative romp that could happen only in person by Lily Janiak

In Charles L. Mee's play, with lift-off come immediate flights into the wondrous.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:19PM
Monday, November 15, 2021

Review: Oakland Theater Project’s ‘Saint Joan’ says the saints are still with us by Lily Janiak

Playwright Lisa Ramirez makes forcefully clear that for Generation Z, too much all the time is a permanent condition.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:53PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

In with the new: Theater lineups throw holiday traditions out the window by Lily Janiak

From Jane Austen to panto, this winter season sparkles with world-premiere adaptations and other new works.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Theater workers aren’t just changing jobs during the pandemic. They’re leaving the field by Lily Janiak

Julie Saltzman Kellner on the theater industry: ‘Family is second. Any other aspirations are second. Being sick is second.’

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, November 4, 2021

Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ is three hours of musical theater bliss by Lily Janiak

San Francisco director Bartlett Sher's marvelous production makes a fresh case for Eliza and Higgins as consummate equals.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:23PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

An ofrenda for Larry Kramer, poet laureate of plagues by Lily Janiak

Revisiting the playwright’s words, The Chronicle’s theater critic wondered what the poet laureate of one epidemic would have to say about our latest one.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Blistering reviews of ‘Diana: The Musical’ make critic question her positive reaction by Lily Janiak

The Chronicle's critic was excited to review Netflix's film before the Broadway show had previews. But as other reviews rolled in, she started feeling queasy.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Review: ‘The Great Khan’ lets a Mongol leader and the rest of us be kids again by Lily Janiak

San Francisco Playhouse and San Francisco Mime Troupe's coproduction builds whole kingdoms out of its characters' imaginations.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:11PM

2020 was supposed to be theater’s reckoning. 2021 suggests reasons for cautious optimism by Lily Janiak

With the Living Document, would theater finally evolve to live up to the progressive ideals so many of its leaders preach?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, October 17, 2021

Review: In Shotgun’s prickly ‘The Claim,’ asylum is no safe haven by Lily Janiak

It's as if you're the one sweating your way through an interview, unable to understand why you simply can't be heard.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:06PM
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The nation’s oldest park ranger is also a singer-songwriter, and now she has a musical by Lily Janiak

“Every single word of every single song I’ve ever written is right in my mind,” said Betty Reid Soskin, 100.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 09:18PM

Review: New circus show ‘Dear San Francisco’ is love letter to city and the human body by Lily Janiak

When performers land, with a boom or a plop, the reverberation sometimes ripples all the way to your seat.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:38PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Bay Area theater artists who called out discrimination find that as some doors close, others open by Lily Janiak

Some whistle-blowers have only seen their opportunities grow, suggesting that the industry’s power balance is shifting.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Review: In ‘Lizard Boy,’ comic books, reptiles, Grindr open new TheatreWorks chapter by Lily Janiak

Aren't we all just hoping to bungle our way from awkward dating app convos to true love amid a looming apocalypse?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:16PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

New leader, new lobby, no more assumptions in Sean San José’s Magic Theatre by Lily Janiak

Already Sean San José's generosity as the the ultimate host is reshaping the legendary San Francisco theater company.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 10:30PM
Friday, October 1, 2021

‘Hamilton’ in San Jose unveils $10 #Ham4Ham lottery by Lily Janiak

Lucky audiences can see the musical juggernaut for just $10 — the bill denomination honoring the show's subject.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:31PM

Review: ‘Diana: The Musical’ removes the gossamer around Princess Di by Lily Janiak

The pre-Broadway Netflix release marks an exciting model for those of us who don’t regularly make it to New York to theater.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:01AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A Facebook group got two shows canceled. Here’s what that means for Bay Area theater by Lily Janiak

"I don’t need to be told I’m a white supremacist," an outgoing moderator said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

All-white ‘Into the Woods’ in Bay Area canceled amid evolving norms in casting and race by Lily Janiak

An all-white cast might have been less of an issue in a show with fewer roles. Or one that's not about fairy tale characters.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

New show ‘Dear San Francisco’ opens at a turning point for circus as art form by Lily Janiak

Industry changes create an opportunity for the smaller circus companies in the Bay Area to redefine the art form.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Review: Gentrifiers get deliciously gory comeuppance in Crowded Fire’s ‘The Displaced’ by Lily Janiak

Isaac Gomez's horror revenge comedy complicates stereotyped images of gentrification and privilege.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:38PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Susan Harloe to depart Word for Word in October by Lily Janiak

Co-Artistic Director JoAnne Winter plans to continue at the organization's helm.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:43PM

All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre