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Monday, May 6, 2024

“Breed or Bust”: A Woman’s Bold Trip to Bodily Freedom—at The Marsh-Berkeley by Kim Waldron

Joyful Raven’s Hilarious, High-Spirited Solo Fits the Moment by Kim Waldron This review was first published on September 4, 2022, for Joyful Raven’s “Breed or Bust” at Playground-sf.…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:04PM
Saturday, April 27, 2024

“A Strange Loop”: A Daring & Personal Ride—at A.C.T. by Kim Waldron

Michael R. Jackson Creates Bold, Black, Queer Meta-Musical by Kim Waldron “A Strange Loop” is a musical about a Black queer writer writing a musical about a Black queer writer, who happe…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:16AM
Sunday, February 19, 2023

“Up for Air!” Breezes into SF—at Flying Actor Studio by Kim Waldron

Donlon & Pitt Serve Smorgasbord of Clowning & Mime by Kim Waldron Mimes and clowns on a bare stage—This is live theater, not your 3,264th Netflix movie. Flying Actor Studio founder…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:12AM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

“Assassins”: A Wild, Musical Ride to The American Dream’s Dark Side—at Hillbarn by Kim Waldron

Stephen Sondheim Dares Us to Look at Our Violence by Kim Waldron “Every now and then the country goes a little wrong,” sings the “Assassins” Proprietor, the tap-dancing Keith Pinto. …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:49PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

“Pretty Beast” Runs Wild—at Exit Theatre by Kim Waldron

Kazu Kusano: There’s No Stopping Her! by Kim Waldron The Fringe Festival is for something different and “Pretty Beast” obliges.  Kazu Kusano’s one woman show tells an immigrant stor…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 07:19PM
Saturday, September 3, 2022

“Breed or Bust” Delivers Laughs & Complications—at PlayGround by Kim Waldron

Joyful Raven’s High-Spirited One-Woman Show Fits the Moment by Kim Waldron Abortion rights are tangled up again. We’ve got access in California, and we’re lucky to have Medicaid to cov…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:52PM
Saturday, August 13, 2022

“Hat Matter” Returns in Style—at Z Space by Kim Waldron

Michael Wayne Turner III Shows a Little Madness Is a Good Thing by Kim Waldron First, we see a dandy, one with a vast and classy wardrobe, his face expressive with a ready smile and eloquent…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 07:30PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

“Julius Caesar”—All Raw Power—Streaming St. Ann’s by Kim Waldron

Shakespeare Gets Dangerous in Women’s Prison Setting by Kim Waldron “Mischief, thou art afoot,” and it’s thrilling. In Director Phyllida Lloyd’s “Julius Caesar,” the actors app…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 10:37AM
Monday, February 11, 2019

“Poetics 2”–Fun, Spirited Satire, at PianoFight, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Rogers & Eurice Unleash Classic Comic Conspiracy by Kim Waldron A bearded man in corduroy blazer wanders onstage and flinches when he sees the audience.  He fishes for his reading glass…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:22AM
Saturday, February 2, 2019

“Metamorphoses” Enchants, at Berkeley Rep by Kim Waldron

Mary Zimmerman’s Magical Mystery Tour of Myth Returns by Kim Waldron “All magic is about transformation,” master illusionist Eugene Burger once said. Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphose…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:58PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

“Avenue Q” Spices Up the Holidays, at NCTC, S.F by Kim Waldron

Lopez & Marx’s Adult Sesame Street Meets Queer Musical by Kim Waldron “I love the lively ones,” said my friend, after seeing “Avenue Q.”  She’s right. Spirited and profane, …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:52AM
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

“Topdog/Underdog”—Taut and Absorbing, at Ubuntu, Berkeley by Kim Waldron

Suzan-Lori Parks Sings a Layered Tale by Kim Waldron It’s the rhythm, the music in the language, that captures us. A young man piles up milk crates, tops them with flat cardboard, and lays…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:16AM
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

“The Congresswomen” Take Charge, at Exit Theater, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Aristophanes & Bousel Hit Home with Greek Slapstick by Kim Waldron Do America’s raging factions disturb you? Does wealth inequality frustrate you? Do you despair over absurd government…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:04PM
Sunday, April 8, 2018

“A Different Long Stretch of Earth”—New West Wrestles Old, at Ragged Wing, Oakland by Kim Waldron

Addie Ulrey Asks Questions It’s Safer to Ignore    by Kim Waldron Nimbly juggling a rifle between bare feet, 13-year-old, bi-gender Montanan Brucie puzzles over dragons while rolling alo…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:40PM
Friday, March 23, 2018

“Heisenberg”— Intriguing Tango for Two, at ACT, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Simon Stephens’ Science of the Human Heart by Kim Waldron Riding on the London subway, a young woman impulsively kisses a much older man on the neck. Can he trust her? Can we trust them? …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:38PM
Thursday, March 8, 2018

“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” Exhilarating, at Crowded Fire, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Alice Birch’s Women Revel in Un-Civil Disobedience    by Kim Waldron The career woman wants more time off from work.  The young girl is forced to marry her rapist. A woman feels trapped…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:42AM
Monday, February 19, 2018

“Lucia Berlin: Stories”–A Dark, Rich World, at Word for Word, S.F. by Kim Waldron

A Spellbinding Journey, Unadulterated and Moving by Kim Waldron Ominous jazz music hints at danger, vaguely threatening figures creep in, bent over, shadowy, in a parade choreographed for me…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:25AM
Monday, January 22, 2018

“Road to Mecca” Intrigues at Pear Theater, Mountain View by Kim Waldron

Athol Fugard’s Homage to Art and Friendship Inspires by Kim Waldron I couldn’t stop staring at the marvelous room on the stage as I waited for the play to begin. The vividly painted gree…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:42PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

“Avenue Q”—Well Worth the Jaunt, at NCTC, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Witty Musical Comedy Pornifies Sesame Street by Kim Waldron Songs ranging from “You Can Be as Loud as the Hell You Want (When You’re Makin’ Love)”  to “Schadenfreude” to “It S…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 12:49AM
Monday, November 20, 2017

“Black Rider”: A Magical Outing, at Shotgun Players, Berkeley by Kim Waldron

Burroughs & Waits’ Bargain with the Devil Fascinates by Kim Waldron “Adult fairy-tale musical” sounds off-kilter, but what better entertainment for off-kilter times? Imaginative wr…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:17AM
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

“You’re Going to Die” Proves Irresistible, at Swedish American Hall, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Living and Making Art in the Face of Death by Kim Waldron “You’re Going To Die” might be the only place in the USA where death is regularly and easily discussed, then set to really gre…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 12:01AM
Saturday, October 21, 2017

“Signs” Point to Hip New Magic, at PianoFight, S.F. by Kim Waldron

David Gerard Conjures a Funny, Magical Evening by Kim Waldron Hip, improvisational, non-stop laughter—words not usually associated with a magician and mind reader, are they? But nothing le…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:35PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“Ain’t Misbehavin’”: A Crowd Pleaser, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Fats Waller and Friends Still Swingin’ and Jivin’  by Kim Waldron Picture two men dressed to the nines, bowler hats to spats, with three women, draped in purple, shimmery green and scar…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:06AM
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Measure for Measure” of Lust and Rage, at Cal Shakes, Orinda by Kim Waldron

Shakespeare Gets Masterful Acting, Stylish Staging by Kim Waldron At Cal Shakes, Director Tyne Rafaeli has staged a “Measure for Measure” for our time. The striking costumes offer a firs…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:26AM
Thursday, September 14, 2017

“How Not to Die”: Darkly Comic Insights, at Fringe Festival, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Sherri Rose Offers Advice for an Uncertain World by Kim Waldron Dressed in somber, nondescript slacks and shirt, Sherri Rose works with minimal props in her solo show “How Not to Die.” I…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:02AM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

“Pint Sized Plays” Bring Melting Pot of Ideas to PianoFight, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Six One-Act Plays Offer Joy for Everyone by Kim Waldron Need a reminder why we’re lucky to live in San Francisco in these new-monied, small-hearted times?  “Pint Sized Plays” provides…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:44AM
Monday, June 19, 2017

“How To Be a White Man”: Lively Lessons at FaultLine Theater, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Luna Malbroux Brings Heart & Humor to Social Justice by Kim Waldron Who better to deconstruct white male privilege than a queer Black woman, especially when she’s a gifted comedian? An…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:58AM
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

“New Girl in Town” Hits High Notes, at 42nd Street Moon, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Bob Merrill’s Bad Girl Goes Good by Kim Waldron Lovers of musicals rhapsodize over how song and dance transform stories into epic events with emotions larger than life. They delight in the…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:54PM
Saturday, April 1, 2017

“Baltimore Waltz”—a Bittersweet Spin, at Magic Theatre, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Paula Vogel, Jonathan Moscone Make a Magical Mystery Tour by Kim Waldron A fantasia with lots of farcical sex and laughs, “The Baltimore Waltz” ultimately leads us to harsh truth. Kindly…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:10AM
Friday, March 31, 2017

“The Merchant of Venice” Plays the Trump Card, at Theater of Others, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Shakespeare and Director Glenn Havlan Pull No Punches  by Kim Waldron Theater of Others’ “Merchant of Venice” refuses to downplay the bigotry of Shakespeare’s most appealing and sym…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:40PM
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

“You for Me for You” Crosses Forbidden Borders, at Crowded Fire, S.F. by Kim Waldron

Mia Chung Tracks Strangers in Strange Lands by Kim Waldron In “You for Me for You,” Playwright Mia Chung and Director M. Graham Smith track two North Korean sisters who are separately fl…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:54PM

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