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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

San Fran Review: Carey Perloff's "The Fit" that snappily takes on Silicon Valley is a delight runs til June 29th! by Jean Schiffman

JOHNNY MORENO, JEFF KIM & especially MICHELLE TALGAROW are excellent in Bill English's beautifully directed San Francisco Playhouse production running through June 29th.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Star Trek’ parody provides comic relief  by Jean Schiffman

On opening night of the Drag Kings’ wacky and wonderful parody of “Turnabout Intruder” — the final episode of the original “Star Trek” TV series from 1969 — the audience »…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Z Space premieres a ‘House Tour’ to end all tours by Jean Schiffman

The nature of shame, the power that perhaps can be found in not being “normal,” and gay culture assimilating into the mainstream are among themes Z Space playwright-in-residence Peter Si…

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Football meets theater in flashy ‘Colossal’ by Jean Schiffman

The main character in Chicago writer Andrew Hinderaker’s latest play, “Colossal” — a theater-dance drama in a West Coast premiere at San Francisco Playhouse — is a sort of …

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Velina Brown’s performance lights up NCTC’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ by Jean Schiffman

The title of Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” (now at New Conservatory Theatre Center in a regional premiere) is a bit of a misnomer. It’s actually about one very particular …

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Monday, March 21, 2016

ACT’s ‘Realistic Joneses’ looks at life on many levels by Jean Schiffman

Playwright Will Eno has a brilliant way of manipulating language to probe the heart of the human experience, at least as seen in the current production of his four-hander, “The » The …

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Word for Word brings Irish writers’ tales to life by Jean Schiffman

Do go to see Word for Word’s text-verbatim staging of two short stories by Irish-born writers Emma Donoghue and Colm Tóibín, but don’t expect anything like the Oscar-nominated films ba…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

‘Colored Museum’ a sharp, spot-on satire by Jean Schiffman

The abundant acting and directing talent on display in African-American Shakespeare Company’s production of George C. Wolfe’s “The Colored Museum” — not to mention Wolfe’s br…

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Marcos era doesn’t come into focus in ‘Dogeaters’ by Jean Schiffman

Enough happens in Jessica Hagedorn’s 1998 drama “Dogeaters,” now in a revised version at the Magic Theatre, to make the mind reel. The sprawling and ambitious play about the Philippine…

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

‘The Nether’ takes intriguing journey through virtual reality by Jean Schiffman

Jennifer Haley’s 2012 award-winner, “The Nether,” is deceptively formulaic at first: In a claustrophobic, nondescript gray room, a terse law enforcement officer is aggressively interro…

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Louis Armstrong comes to life in ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ by Jean Schiffman

At the beginning of Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout’s “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” a 2010 one-actor play now at American Conservatory Theater, the great jazz musician Lo…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Everything about ‘Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin’ is appealing by Jean Schiffman

A virtuoso pianist, singer, actor and playwright, Canadian-born Hershey Felder has for years been charming audiences with his solo “musical plays” about composers George Gershwin, Beetho…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Music, memory meld magically in ‘Mother’s Milk’ by Jean Schiffman

In “Mother’s Milk,” a tender tribute to his late mother, performer Wayne Harris so beautifully embodies her as a character that you may find yourself loving her just as he » The p…

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Wild ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ excels in every way by Jean Schiffman

In the multi-Tony-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” the show-stopper occurs when the “gentleman” in question, Monty Navarro, is accepting a marriage prop…

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Feelin’ groovy on the time-traveling Magic Bus by Jean Schiffman

What a day for a daydream, indeed. The Magic Bus takes off in a cloud of bubbles. It’s 1967, the Summer of Love. Our guide, “Gaia,” dressed à là Janis » The post Feelin’ groov…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Word for Word celebrates holidays with literary ‘High Jinx’ by Jean Schiffman

It’s been awhile since San Francisco’s Word for Word, the inventive troupe that stages literary works verbatim, has produced a holiday-themed show. Now, “Holiday High Jinx: Bums, Broad…

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Poignant, funny ‘Bright Half Life’ by Jean Schiffman

New York playwright Tanya Barfield’s “Bright Half Life,” now in a Magic Theatre West Coast premiere, is the kind of two-hander that is so specific and detailed in all the » The po…

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

‘Disgraced’ a provocative look at identity and politics by Jean Schiffman

With the Paris attacks on everybody’s mind on Friday the 13th, it seemed an especially significant opening night for American playwright Ayad Akhtar’s powerful, Pulitzer Prize-winning dr…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Weighty themes diluted in ‘Shakespeare Goes to War’ by Jean Schiffman

“Art must always be dangerous,” a theater-loving German POW camp commander tells Harry, a young American prisoner, in Theatre Rhinoceros’ new play by John Fisher, “Shakespeare Goes t…

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Friday, October 23, 2015

O’Neill comedy ‘Ah, Wilderness’ comes to life at ACT by Jean Schiffman

In his only comedy, “Ah, Wilderness!,” written in 1932 in the midst of the Depression but set in 1906, the normally dour playwright Eugene O’Neill was imagining a young man’s » …

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

True teen tales fuel gritty, engaging ‘Truck Stop’ by Jean Schiffman

If you’ve ever been a teenage girl, you’re likely to identify with at least one of the three 14-year-olds who comprise the trio “the Skanks,” in Lachlan Philpott’s “Truck Stop,…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ACT’s ‘Monstress’ captures Filipino immigrant experience by Jean Schiffman

The two short stories by San Francisco writer Lysley Tenorio, “Monstress” and “Save the I-Hotel” (from his collection “Monstress”), which are adapted for the American Conservator…

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

‘Blockbuster Season’ riffs on disaster flicks by Jean Schiffman

With two mutable characters and one cameraperson who tracks them, Mugwumpin’s multimedia “Blockbuster Season” is an intriguing, funny and at times confusingly disjointed devised-theate…

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Denizens of ‘Fred’s Diner’ are wonderfully human by Jean Schiffman

In “Fred’s Diner,” each of the three women working long hours in dead-end jobs in this roadside diner cherishes hopes for the future. So do the diner’s two regular customers. » …

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Glossy ‘Amélie, A Musical’ brings film’s whimsy to stage by Jean Schiffman

Adhering closely, plotwise, to the popular 2001 French film “Amélie,” the almost-entirely-sung-through romantic comedy “Amélie, A New Musical” transfers well to the stage, at least…

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chekhov’s soul goes missing in ‘Country House’ by Jean Schiffman

Parodies and adaptations of, and homages to, turn-of-the-century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov abound, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (“Dinner with Friends”) c…

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Adult characters fare best in SF Playhouse’s ‘1 2 3’ by Jean Schiffman

The kids are not all right in East Coast playwright Lila Rose Kaplan’s world premiere, “1 2 3,” part of San Francisco Playhouse’s Sandbox Series of new works. Kaplan’s three »…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Magic Theatre’s ‘Golden’ trilogy gets off to intriguing start by Jean Schiffman

by Jean Schiffman “Jesus lives here!” shouts a hyped-up, sweating Pastor Elias, delivering a sermon from the pulpit of a small Pentecostal church. It’s a vibrant start to …

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Magic Theatre’s ‘Golden’ trilogy gets off to intriguing start by Jean Schiffman

by Jean Schiffman “Jesus lives here!” shouts a hyped-up, sweating Pastor Elias, delivering a sermon from the pulpit of a small Pentecostal church. It’s a vibrant start to …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Science, romance mix in ‘Heart Shaped Nebula’ by Jean Schiffman

by Jean Schiffman Marisela Treviño Orta’s at times captivating, at times perplexing, drama “Heart Shaped Nebula,” now in a world premiere at Shotgun Players, begins when a…

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Women rule in Cal Shakes’ evocative ‘Twelfth Night’ by Jean Schiffman

by Jean Schiffman A huge black coffin sits on an otherwise empty stage in director Christopher Liam Moore’s funny and melancholy “Twelfth Night” at California Shakespeare T…

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