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A national tour of 'Hamilton,' the breakaway hip-hop musical, is set to launch in San Francisco March 14-Aug. 5
Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa lends his charm to 'The Life of the Party,' an uneven medley of his songbook getting its American premiere at TheatreWorks.
Smash Broadway musical 'Beautiful,' built around the life and music of pop legend Carole King, returns to the city where the jukebox hit was born starring Abby Mueller, the big sister of ori…
'Florence Foster Jenkins' is a heartfelt look at the real-life New York socialite who thought she could sing, although everyone around her could tell she couldn't; but despite lovely turns b…
Grammy and Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., who made a splash playing the bad-guy Aaron Burr in the hip-hop juggernaut 'Hamilton,' is working on a solo career and brings his cabaret show to Waln…
This visually compelling but otherwise bland adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 fantasy -- starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnshill and Penelope Wilton -- just may lull viewers to sleep.
Set in South Africa during Apartheid, Athol Fugard's haunting drama about a world in which black lives do not matter is still sadly relevant today.
This kinder, gentler 'Cabaret' is often fun to watch, but it has lost the potency to make us squirm, old chum.
'Motown: The Musical,' a slick package of 1960s musical nostalgia, overcomes a skimpy story with a nonstop parade of hits and a tireless cast.
'The Wild Party,' adapted by Andrew Lippa from a racy poem set during the Roaring '20s, presents a steamy Prohibition tale of sex, drugs and destruction, delivered by San Jose Stage Company.
New theatrical docudrama shatters the silence around abortion issue by giving a voice to women's real-life experiences. Presented by the D.C.-based nonprofit called Advocates for Youth, the …
'Beautiful' and 'Cabaret' and 'Motown,' oh my! Broadway's greatest hits musicals are heading back to town for a victory lap this summer.
An elderly woman, her son and a dozens of Molotov cocktails set the stage for 'Velocity of Autumn,' Eric Coble's drama about the indignities of aging.
American Conservatory Theater stages the world premiere of Joseph Dougherty's mystery about a wounded soldier who can't remember how he was injured; David Strathairn stars.
'Hamilton' creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will star with Emily Blunt in Disney's 'Mary Poppins Returns.'
'For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday,'a quirky new fable from brilliant playwright Sarah Ruhl, feels intriguing but unfinished in its West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep.
Jackson Gay and 'House of Cards' writer Kenneth Lin remix Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing' into a gender-bending romantic comedy that benefits from a stellar cast.
As a theater critic, I prefer musicals with a character-driven story arc. But 'Mamma Mia' is my mom's favorite, and over the years of going with her and feeling her unfettered joy, the chees…
Bust out the lighters! Center Repertory Company scores with the 1980s jukebox musical 'Rock of Ages,' which plays at Walnut Creek's Lesher Center through June 25.
'Glee' star and San Francisco native Darren Criss will star in the hit musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco Oct. 4-30.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre is presenting famed theater director Mary Zimmerman's rollicking adaptation of 'Treasure Island,' the classic Robert Louis Stevenson adventure novel, through June …
'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda goes on John Oliver's show to rap for segment on Puerto Rican debt crisis.
Aurora Theatre Company revival of 18th-century farce is a highly funny lowbrow comedy.
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer's roaring solo show about life, loss and musical bliss has west coast premiere at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater.
Award-winning theater director Mary Zimmerman adapts the Robert Louis Stevenson pirate masterpiece 'Treasure Island' for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it runs April 22-June 5.
Swinging 1960s sex farce 'Boeing Boeing' hits the runway at San Jose Stage, where it plays through May 1.
TheatreWorks production of Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner's unmannered twist on Edmond Rostand's 'Cyrano' has good performances and some inspired moments, but never fully hits on all cyl…
Sean Hayes, of 'Will & Grace' fame, brings a solid dose of holy camp to 'An Act of God,' the Broadway hit that plays in San Francisco through April 17.
Some are not happy that casting calls for Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash musical 'Hamilton' emphasize that all starring roles will go to nonwhite actors, but producers say that is what makes the…
'Will & Grace' star Sean Hayes plays the Almighty in 'An Act of God,' the Broadway that plays in San Francisco through April 17.
Sarah Treem, who has written for TV's 'The Affair,' 'In Treatment' and 'House of Cards,' creates an engrossing play of ideas in 'The How and the Why,' which gets its West Coast premiere thro…