All stories by Lily Janiak on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Remote Theater was born of the pandemic, a liver disease and an epiphany by Lily Janiak

In spring of last year, he got the idea to produce Naomi Wallace's "One Flea Spare" — and a new company, Remote Theater was born.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Artistic directors on their craft: ‘You need at least a little bit of peace to create’ by Lily Janiak

How does a theater leader know when her work is complete? Lily Janiak asked outgoing Golden Threads head Torange Yeghiazarian and her successor, Sahar Assaf.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, June 21, 2021

Brad Erickson to depart Theatre Bay Area after 18 years as theater industry’s de facto spokesman by Lily Janiak

Theatre Bay Area plans to select Erickson's successor by early 2022.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 10:00PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

In person? At home? Bay Area summer theater has a show for you by Lily Janiak

Even in-person shows on actual stages are making sure not to leave out their loyal patrons who are staying home.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Artists at small theaters on what they learned from ‘In the Heights’ before the movie came out by Lily Janiak

Here are a few insights into the show as told by four Bay Area theater workers who've worked on "In the Heights" productions over the years.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda happy to pass lead role in ‘In the Heights,’ Usnavi, along to Anthony Ramos by Lily Janiak

Miranda says when he saw Ramos as Usnavi for the first time, "it was sort of like watching your kid try on your childhood clothes, and it fits him better."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Director, actor see ‘Hold These Truths’ as tool to help Asians counter fear and hate by Lily Janiak

The story of Gordon Hirabayashi, who fought his World War II internment all the way to the Supreme Court, is no mere artifact.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Review: ACT’s ‘Communion’ is theater tailor made for the isolation and invasiveness of Zoom by Lily Janiak

"Communion" celebrates that we can still believe and commune against the odds, even when we're told not to.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:08PM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Guaranteed income programs aren’t just funded by governments. Now a theater is in on the game by Lily Janiak

California Shakespeare Theater's program, which sent its first checks to artists in January, is among the first of its kind.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

‘Hamilton’ to return to S.F. with ‘100% capacity’ audiences by Lily Janiak

"We’re excited that 'Hamilton' is coming back to the Orpheum Theatre," said S.F. Mayor London N. Breed.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:25PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Review: ‘Brilliant Mind’ is digital theater that actually uses technology in a new way by Lily Janiak

The production utilizes digital gadgetry that enhances storytelling in inventive ways, including a texting component that engages audiences.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 09:21PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Signs you might be secretly trapped inside a Great American Play™ by Lily Janiak

If you discover a proscenium arch, try to break the fourth wall, but other warning signs might be more subtle.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

New circus show to take the stage in Club Fugazi, former venue of ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ by Lily Janiak

Club Fugazi Experiences plans to make the by 7 Fingers show a love letter to San Francisco for both tourists and locals.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 10:00AM
Monday, May 17, 2021

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ join BroadwaySF’s new season lineup by Lily Janiak

The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical is going to be BroadwaySF's first production in the fall.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:01PM

Review: We Players’ ‘Psychopomp’ in McLaren Park is a wondrous gateway back to in-person theater by Lily Janiak

If you're comfortable going on a fully masked walk in a park, you'll likely feel safe at "Psychopomp."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:34PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Aurora Theatre’s next season to feature premieres by Jonathan Spector, Cleavon Smith by Lily Janiak

"If all goes well in the world, our first production will open in person on Addison Street," says Josh Costello.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:00PM
Friday, April 30, 2021

Review: Berkeley Rep’s ‘The Waves in Quarantine’ should stay in lockdown by Lily Janiak

Being meta isn't the same thing as spending 94 minutes searching for something to be meta about.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:54PM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Alameda County public defender rejects disability story tropes in digital solo show for the Marsh by Lily Janiak

In "Countercoup," Mark McGoldrick recounts being a reckless youth who suffered a paralyzing accident and then went to Harvard Law School so he could fight for others.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

An experiment: Attending a CounterPulse show, first online, then in person by Lily Janiak

What distinct qualities would I get out of each separate medium, and what experiences would hold true across both?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, April 26, 2021

A small San Francisco circus tried to do right by its workers. Now it may be going out of business by Lily Janiak

Ironically, if Circus Bella had waited to reclassify its workers, it might not be in this mess.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Sean San José to be Magic Theatre’s next artistic director by Lily Janiak

San José plans to continue to be a part of Campo Santo, the venerable theater company he co-founded in 1996.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:47PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

ARC started as a script-reading group for top Bay Area actors. Now it’s a full-fledged company by Lily Janiak

Now the company presents its second public performance, "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot," hosted by the Streaming Theatre.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Bay Area theater workers weren’t getting vaccine appointments. One S.F. actor decided to change that by Lily Janiak

San Francisco actor Liam Vincent has gotten three groups of theater workers vaccinated.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Children’s Musical Theater San Jose to open new center for rehearsals, classes and more by Lily Janiak

The whole project, which began construction in September, is funded with a $2.2 million capital campaign.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:00PM
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

As some S.F. artists get guaranteed income, how do we head off bad-faith arguments against it? by Lily Janiak

Guaranteed income programs, no matter whom they support, must frequently battle the same zombie ideas.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, April 12, 2021

Review: In-person actor and audiences again in Oakland Theater Project’s ‘The Waste Land’ by Lily Janiak

The adaptation of T. S. Eliot's poem doesn't always live up to its innovative concept or Herculean effort.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:02PM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

Lydia R. Diamond on her adaptation of Toni Morrison’s ‘Bluest Eye,’ now an Aurora Theatre audio play by Lily Janiak

The playwright had to choose what the play was about, "how young girls can’t be safe, because of racism."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, April 5, 2021

Review: ‘A Play in a Box’ from Z Space fits the universe in a tiny package by Lily Janiak

Inside each kit are teensy envelopes and packages, a reading light, an mp3 player the size of a matchbox and headphones.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:15PM

‘Hamilton’ to launch Broadway San Jose’s revised season by Lily Janiak

"Dear Evan Hansen" is also part of the lineup, with "Come From Away" as an add-on production.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:00PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

American Conservatory Theater delays in-person season till 2022 by Lily Janiak

"Fefu and Her Friends," the company's first immersive work, joins previously announced titles.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:59PM

Bay Area theater this spring aims to remind audiences what it is to be human by Lily Janiak

This spring, local theater grounds us in who we are outside of machines, in our foundational literature and in our ancestors.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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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