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Marin Theatre Company's artistic director departs at a time when many are questioning whether the demands of theater leadership are worth the rewards.
If you grew up on Disney princesses whose narrative arcs drove unswervingly toward heterosexual marriage, "Frozen" opens refreshing possibilities.
The small theater led by Michael Socrates Moran and William Hodgson is consistently one of the most vital and exciting in the Bay Area.
Next spring, Larissa FastHorse's script will be the first play by a Native American woman on Broadway.
Custom Made Theatre Company, FaultLine Theater and African-American Shakespeare Company are among 2022's seasonal standouts.
Performing at NCTC is especially meaningful for Marken, since Artistic Director Ed Decker first recommended him for an audition.
Shotgun Players' "Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812" isn't just another transitory set on the same-old stage.
On one downtown Berkeley block, phở is both dinner and theater for two Chronicle critics.
"Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations" epitomizes one essential function of the jukebox musical.
"Everybody always thinks 'Wuthering Heights' is romantic, and it so isn't," director Emma Rice told The Chronicle.
The Berkeley theater company's season selection committee operates by consensus; each member has veto power.
Accusations include bullying, micromanagement, gaslighting and unsafe working conditions, including inadequate COVID policies.
Adrienne Price's world-premiere musical writes an origin story for queer and trans San Francisco audiences.
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.
"Pony" is part of an exciting new wave of trans theater that's no longer limited to narratives of transitions and reveals.
Naghmeh Samini's U.S. premiere is partly about how we can be sick to death of someone yet feast hungrily on them.
Baloney queers Kubrick, and a theater critic learns about flogging.
The musical flattens Alanis Morissette's songs into ambient lobby music, distends them into dirges or simply blasts through.
"The Hummingbird" is "about two people who fell through the cracks, and one made it out alive, and one didn't," Kathryn Keats said.
"If we can name it better, then we can try and do it better," said Lead Director Sean San José.
SFBATCO's "The Day the Sky Turned Orange" in the New Roots Theatre Festival invites us to process unresolved collective trauma.
Sentiment works because it's predictable, because it reassures rather than probes or challenges, which can make it at odds with art.
SB1116, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Sept. 29, could mean more of your favorite artists are able to stay in the Bay Area.
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.
One of the myriad gifts of "Indecent" is that it endows Asch with the full, flawed humanity that Broadway denies his characters.
"There was no reason to think that I wouldn't get paid," Sharron Drake of Inverness Theatre Project said.
Marin Theatre Company's production feels a bit like the endless Scottish mud and cold that characters keep complaining about.
"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.
"Passengers" by "Dear San Francisco" co-creator Shana Carroll makes meaning and rhythm from the everyday shuffle of train travel.
The "transformative" gift, the largest the theater has ever received, will go partly toward building improvements.
America's peculiar, extreme notion of freedom insists on the right to be free from judgment for our thoughts and actions.