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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Another Bay Area theater artistic director is exiting after 17 years at the helm. Here’s why by Lily Janiak

Marin Theatre Company's artistic director departs at a time when many are questioning whether the demands of theater leadership are worth the rewards.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:30PM
Monday, November 21, 2022

Review: ‘Frozen’ at BroadwaySF shows how Disney magic thrives with kids and adults by Lily Janiak

If you grew up on Disney princesses whose narrative arcs drove unswervingly toward heterosexual marriage, "Frozen" opens refreshing possibilities.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:45PM

Oakland Theater Project’s been doing dramas for 10 years. In 2023, it will finally try comedy by Lily Janiak

The small theater led by Michael Socrates Moran and William Hodgson is consistently one of the most vital and exciting in the Bay Area.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

In City Lights’ ‘Thanksgiving Play,’ our national origin story is on the chopping block by Lily Janiak

Next spring, Larissa FastHorse's script will be the first play by a Native American woman on Broadway.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:09PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Bay Area 2022 holiday theater accentuates what’s local by Lily Janiak

Custom Made Theatre Company, FaultLine Theater and African-American Shakespeare Company are among 2022's seasonal standouts.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

How Nathan Marken learned a holiday lesson from performing a cappella in drag by Lily Janiak

Performing at NCTC is especially meaningful for Marken, since Artistic Director Ed Decker first recommended him for an audition.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, November 13, 2022

Review: Shotgun’s ‘Great Comet’ is an astronomical phenomenon. While it’s here, you must see by Lily Janiak

Shotgun Players' "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" isn't just another transitory set on the same-old stage.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:35PM
Saturday, November 12, 2022

New play puts phở center-stage in a centuries-long cultural appropriation debate by Soleil Ho and Lily Janiak

On one downtown Berkeley block, phở is both dinner and theater for two Chronicle critics.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:07PM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Get ready: The Temptations musical has come home to the Bay Area by Lily Janiak

"Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations" epitomizes one essential function of the jukebox musical.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:58PM
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

‘Wuthering Heights’ got me through the pandemic. Now it’s onstage at Berkeley Rep by Lily Janiak

"Everybody always thinks 'Wuthering Heights' is romantic, and it so isn't," director Emma Rice told The Chronicle.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, November 5, 2022

Shotgun Players’ 2023 season is the product of distributed power by Lily Janiak

The Berkeley theater company's season selection committee operates by consensus; each member has veto power.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:00PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022

‘A vindictive, passive-aggressive move’: Bay Area community theater faces allegations of racism, workplace misconduct by Lily Janiak

Accusations include bullying, micromanagement, gaslighting and unsafe working conditions, including inadequate COVID policies.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, October 23, 2022

Review: In Z Space’s ‘The Red Shades,’ being trans is a superpower by Lily Janiak

Adrienne Price's world-premiere musical writes an origin story for queer and trans San Francisco audiences.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:58PM
Friday, October 21, 2022

Latest organic product at Straus Family Creamery: a solo show about its matriarch by Lily Janiak

The one-woman show in a dairy barn is grounded in Vivien Straus' self-awareness that both she and all the cows in her life are a bit ridiculous.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Review: Unsteady ‘Pony’ nonetheless shows that theatrical vanguard makes strides in S.F. by Lily Janiak

"Pony" is part of an exciting new wave of trans theater that's no longer limited to narratives of transitions and reveals.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:06PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Review: Golden Thread’s ‘Wild Berries’ might make your stale marriage feel fresh again by Lily Janiak

Naghmeh Samini's U.S. premiere is partly about how we can be sick to death of someone yet feast hungrily on them.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:14PM
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022

Review: BroadwaySF’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is tough to swallow by Lily Janiak

The musical flattens Alanis Morissette's songs into ambient lobby music, distends them into dirges or simply blasts through.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:12PM
Thursday, October 13, 2022

She was held captive and changed her name. Now she gets to be a performer again by Lily Janiak

"The Hummingbird" is "about two people who fell through the cracks, and one made it out alive, and one didn't," Kathryn Keats said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

No ‘season,’ no ‘subscription’ in Magic Theatre’s 2023 lineup by Lily Janiak

"If we can name it better, then we can try and do it better," said Lead Director Sean San José.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 05:19PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

We all remember orange sky day. Now it’s a theatrical concept album by Lily Janiak

SFBATCO's "The Day the Sky Turned Orange" in the New Roots Theatre Festival invites us to process unresolved collective trauma.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Review: Brian Copeland solo show makes single parenting look pretty tidy by Lily Janiak

Sentiment works because it's predictable, because it reassures rather than probes or challenges, which can make it at odds with art.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

How a new law could remake California’s small theater landscape in the wake of AB5 by Lily Janiak

SB1116, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Sept. 29, could mean more of your favorite artists are able to stay in the Bay Area.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:00PM

Cal Shakes might not produce any of its own shows next summer under new leadership model by Lily Janiak

Cal Shakes hired Clive Worsley as executive director and plans to refocus on co-producing and presenting others' work at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:00AM
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: Meta-play ‘Indecent’ salvages a Jewish playwright’s unflinching look at his people by Lily Janiak

One of the myriad gifts of "Indecent" is that it endows Asch with the full, flawed humanity that Broadway denies his characters.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:00PM

Brown Paper Tickets still owes Bay Area theaters thousands of dollars, long after lawsuit by Lily Janiak

"There was no reason to think that I wouldn't get paid," Sharron Drake of Inverness Theatre Project said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Review: ‘Macbeth’ sequel ‘Dunsinane’ shows slog of war, and that’s exactly how it feels by Lily Janiak

Marin Theatre Company's production feels a bit like the endless Scottish mud and cold that characters keep complaining about.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:48PM
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Isabella Rossellini wants to build empathy for animals with solo show ‘Darwin’s Smile’ by Lily Janiak

"Darwin wondered if the smile was shaped by evolution, just like bones and beaks and legs," Isabella Rossellini said ahead of her show in San Francisco.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

You’ll never look at BART the same way again after ‘Passengers’ at ACT by Lily Janiak

"Passengers" by "Dear San Francisco" co-creator Shana Carroll makes meaning and rhythm from the everyday shuffle of train travel.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:14PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

$35 million gift to American Conservatory Theater means historic Geary Theater gets new name by Lily Janiak

The "transformative" gift, the largest the theater has ever received, will go partly toward building improvements.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 08:33PM
Sunday, September 18, 2022

Review: Oakland Theater Project reveals yet another facet in the gem of ‘The Crucible’ by Lily Janiak

America's peculiar, extreme notion of freedom insists on the right to be free from judgment for our thoughts and actions.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:05PM

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