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Monday, October 2, 2023

Bucking regional trends, S.F.’s Magic Theatre in 2024 goes all-in on world premieres by Lily Janiak

All four slots in the San Francisco theater’s 2024 lineup are world premieres. “It’s the only way to do it,” lead director Sean San José told the Chronicle.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:58PM
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Review: Terror Vault’s ‘The Initiation’ at the S.F. Mint is the perfect way to start Halloween season by Lily Janiak

The sixth haunted attraction by Into the Dark, which comprises Peaches Christ, David Flower Productions and Non Plus Ultra, has just the gory frights and cultish imagery to make your stomach…

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:56PM
Friday, September 22, 2023

Cal Shakes plans to finally produce its own Shakespeare again, in summer 2024 by Lily Janiak

New Executive Director Clive Worsley said he’s faced strong opposition to his vision, but assures audiences, “We’re not taking the Shakespeare away.”

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:01AM
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Review: LMAO-inducing ‘POTUS’ rips America a new one and roots around inside by Lily Janiak

Berkeley Rep’s production of Selina Fillinger’s play slyly posits farce as the path toward feminist revolution.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 05:07PM
Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Uber escaped AB5. Theaters didn’t. Now the state is finally helping — a little by Lily Janiak

Gov. Gavin Newsom reallocated $11.5 million to the Equitable Payroll Fund to help small arts nonprofits recover from the pandemic and comply with AB5.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:04PM

This Mission District venue has a new tenant, and now it’s staying a theater by Lily Janiak

Dreams on the Rocks Productions’ Eclectic Box is slated to be a home for companies affected by PianoFight’s closure.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:00PM
Friday, September 15, 2023

In Oakland Theater Project’s “Gary,” the fool is king, and comedy is the way out of tragedy by Lily Janiak

Taylor Mac’s sequel to Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus” creates a canvas for artists to lead our revolts.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:54PM
Thursday, September 14, 2023

Another S.F. theater is ditching the hierarchical leadership model by Lily Janiak

Crowded Fire Theater’s West Coast premiere of “Edit Annie” already reflects its new leadership makeup.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, September 11, 2023

Review: Shotgun’s ‘Wolf Play’ is a howl at the moon over the limits we impose on family by Lily Janiak

Hansol Jung’s play about a Korean adoptee galvanizes powers of make-believe.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:18PM
Sunday, September 10, 2023

Review: ‘Cruel Intentions’ works best as a ‘90s pop singalong by Lily Janiak

The plot of Ray of Light Theatre’s production is sometimes mere scaffolding on which to hang songs, and that’s OK.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:49PM
Saturday, September 9, 2023

Review: ‘Train Stories’ is a solo show that’s neither autobiographical nor a solo show by Lily Janiak

The Marsh Berkeley’s production about Black career railroad men lacks the particular alchemy of solo shows but triumphs with careful pacing, vivid characters.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:15PM
Friday, September 8, 2023

Review: Aurora’s ‘Born With Teeth’ is born for greatness by Lily Janiak

In Liz Duffy Adams’ firecracker of a two-hander about William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, actor Dean Linnard has a show that gives full expression to his artistic prowess.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:35PM
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Review: At Marin Theatre Company, Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ belongs to women of color by Lily Janiak

Lisa Peterson’s adaptation trounces the notion that Homer’s poem is irrelevant or that its interpretative possibilities have been exhausted.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:02PM

Bay Area theater in fall 2023: Classics, California and category-defying by Lily Janiak

Highlights this season include Berkeley Repertory Theatre, CounterPulse and We Players.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Friday, September 1, 2023

This Northern California theater company is thriving. Here’s how it broke the ‘traditional hierarchy of power’ by Lily Janiak

Santa Cruz Shakespeare hit 114% of its box-office goal for the year before its summer season even finished.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Broadway-bound ‘Hippest Trip — The Soul Train Musical’ interrogates the great man myth by Lily Janiak

American Conservatory Theater’s world premiere musical about the legendary TV series asks, “How do our stories live in our bodies?”

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, August 22, 2023

S.F. drag character Patty from HR — and her performer — give exit interviews by Lily Janiak

San Francisco performer Michael Phillis simultaneously spoofs human resources and serves as the field’s underdog champion.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, August 21, 2023

Review: Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ models how to trust a text by Lily Janiak

Paul Whitworth in the tragedy’s title role gives line readings that leave flesh wounds.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:13PM

Why last-ditch effort to save this Bay Area theater didn’t work by Lily Janiak

TheatreFirst in Berkeley joins a rapidly growing list of shuttered Bay Area theaters.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:50PM
Monday, August 14, 2023

Review: Marin Shakes’ ‘Twelfth Night’ is game to go dark by Lily Janiak

Bridgette Loriaux’s direction of Shakespeare’s love tangle is part whipped hormone frenzy, part unsettling meditation.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:36PM

S.F. Fringe Festival shows a venue’s closure doesn’t mean the end of theater by Lily Janiak

“If your desire is to keep creating theater, then keep creating theater,” said Exit Theatre Artistic Director Christina Augello.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, August 12, 2023

Review: ‘Mahābhārata’ is just big enough to contain this irrepressible Oakland performer by Lily Janiak

Geetha Reddy’s version of the ancient Indian epic, now in an Oakland Theater Project production, gives the Bay Area a gift.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:23PM
Thursday, August 10, 2023

Review: Let’s face it: Cirque du Soleil clowns just aren’t funny by Lily Janiak

In ‘Corteo,’ which performs in San Jose, Oakland and S.F., the clown is like that uncle who still thinks you’re 4 when you’re 14.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:48PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2023

This Tony-winning Bay Area theater needs to raise $3 million to stay afloat by Lily Janiak

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the region’s third-largest nonprofit theater, announced it needs the public’s help this month. But its plight is hardly unique in the industry. 

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 06:50PM
Tuesday, August 8, 2023

She’s made theater in Oakland for decades. Now Ayodele Nzinga finally has her own venue by Lily Janiak

The Lower Bottom Playaz have their first permanent home in BAM House at 1540 Broadway, part of the Black Arts Movement Business District.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, August 7, 2023

Review: ‘Doméstica Realidad’ problematizes how you — yes, you — do household chores by Lily Janiak

La Lengua Teatro en Español and Brava Theater’s U.S. premiere in San Francisco shows that domestic labor is anything but mundane.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:07PM
Sunday, August 6, 2023

Review: ‘Josephine’s Feast’ breaks women and mothers free of their shackles by Lily Janiak

Playwright and San Francisco native Star Finch makes music of trash talk in this Magic Theatre and Campo Santo world premiere.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:53PM
Saturday, August 5, 2023

S.F. Shakes suggests ‘Cymbeline’ should stay a Shakespeare B-side by Lily Janiak

In Cupertino’s Memorial Park — where the tour kicked off before heading to Redwood City, San Francisco and Orinda — the play is unhelped by literal and figurative barriers between stag…

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:25PM
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Review: Tina Turner musical is a clarion call ringing out down the Mississippi River by Lily Janiak

The show, about the Queen of Rock and Roll, written by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, suffers from many of the perennial problems of jukebox musicals.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:18PM
Monday, July 31, 2023

‘Josephine’s Feast’ is about a fed-up Black mother, and its star and director can relate by Lily Janiak

Margo Hall and Ellen Sebastian Chang first collaborated at Magic Theatre 30 years ago, and now the pair reunite for Star Finch’s world premiere.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, July 27, 2023

‘Her spirit’s in you’: ‘Tina’ actors on inhabiting and mourning Tina Turner by Lily Janiak

“It was a heavy, rolling, deep-like grief,” says star of the musical about the Queen of Rock & Roll, which plays at BroadwaySF and Broadway San Jose.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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