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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

“Boss McGreedy” Exposes Fat Cat Politics—at Central Works by Robert M. Gardner

Gary Graves Slams Gilded Age Excesses by Robert M. Gardner As Boss McGreedy, Michael Ray Wisely takes Berkeley by storm in Gary Graves’ modern morality play. Playing a Gilded Age Boss, Wis…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

“Mystic Pizza” Musical Sizzles with Sisterhood & Sass— at Center REP by Robert M. Gardner

Sandy Rustin Illuminates “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”! by Robert M. Gardner “Mystic Pizza” soars with song, dance, and comedy featuring a dazzling cast and your favorite 80s songs. …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:08PM
Monday, February 19, 2024

“Manahatta” Reveals Native American Truths—at Aurora by Robert M. Gardner

Mary Kathryn Nagle Links Colonial Greed & Wall Street Wolves by Robert M. Gardner In this time of deep division, “Manahatta” points a direction for America. It is refreshing to see a…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:31PM
Friday, January 26, 2024

“Babes in Ho-lland” Screams 90s Girl Bands–at Shotgun by Robert M. Gardner

Deneen Reynolds-Knott Scores with Compassionate Queer Comedy by Robert M. Gardner Deneen Reynold-Knott’s realistic slice of college life resonates with Gen X and Millennials theatergoers. …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:47PM
Friday, January 12, 2024

“Every Brilliant Thing” Inspires Laughter & Tears—at Center REP by Robert M. Gardner

William Thomas Hodgson Shines in Spectacular Solo by Robert M. Gardner Fans of Improv theater will love this solo performance. William Thomas Hodgson takes no prisoners as he cajoles, persua…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:30PM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

“East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player”—at The Marsh, Berkeley by Robert M. Gardner

Don Reed Mesmerizes with Divine Comedic Mastery by Robert M. Gardner “East 14th” provides the most entertaining 100 minutes o theater ever. I highly recommend a trip to The Marsh in Berk…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:57PM
Friday, October 27, 2023

“The Allure of Thug Life” Exposes Oakland’s Opposed Worlds—at The Marsh by Robert M. Gardner

Mélia Mills Teeters between Tupack and Trippin’ by Robert M. Gardner Mélia Mills, a middle-class Oakland girl, time travels back to her teen years in Oakland. She gives us a humorous, sa…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:31PM
Thursday, September 21, 2023

“Crowns”: A Musical Tribute to Black Culture Wins Our Hearts—at Center REP by Robert M. Gardner

Regina Taylor Celebrates Southern Black Women’s “Hatitude” by Robert M. Gardner Playwright Regina Taylor’s “Crowns” explodes with talent in this larger than life musical on Black…

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

“Train Stories” Expose a Woman’s Fate on the Rails—at The Marsh by Robert M. Gardner

Wayne Harris Artfully Merges Three Angles on Prostitution  by Robert M. Gardner Writer-Director Wayne Harris has re-opened his masterpiece “Train Stories” at The Marsh, Berkeley. His th…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:11PM
Thursday, August 31, 2023

“Sondheim on Sondheim” Reveals Dark Secrets in Songs—at CCCT by Robert M. Gardner

James Lapine Celebrates His Longtime Friend’s Genius by Robert M. Gardner At Contra Costa Civic Theatre, “Sondheim on Sondheim” emerges as a testament to the genius of composer Stephen…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 07:10PM
Thursday, July 6, 2023

“Breakdown: A New Musical” Sings the City’s Contradictions—FREE at Parks by Robert M. Gardner

S.F. Mime Troupe Spreads Joy & Jokes for Truth & Justice by Robert M. Gardner Despite the vaunted liberalism of San Francisco where we supposedly have policies to help the poor and …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:47PM
Thursday, June 29, 2023

“Hurricane Diane” Threatens to Tear Out Our Gardens—at Aurora by Robert M. Gardner

Madeleine George Modernizes Myth of Dionysius by Robert M. Gardner Hilarious Stacy Ross makes an earthy, sarcastic Dionysius whose methods make us question her ethics. Is she an evil temptre…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:35PM
Friday, March 17, 2023

“Donna”: Intimate Interviews Celebrate Trans Triumphs—On Screen by Robert M. Gardner

Jay Bedwani’s Brilliant Docu-Pic Unfolds San Francisco Story by Robert M. Gardner Director Jay Bedwani’s new documentary, Donna, subtly follows the growing self-acceptance of Donna Perso…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:44PM
Monday, February 13, 2023

“Red Bike” Rides into Childhood Dreams—at Center REP by Robert M. Gardner

Caridad Svich Pens Fantastical Romp Amid Amazon Boxes by Robert M. Gardner Arriving at the beautiful Lesher Center, we admire the modern lines of this stately, elegant theater, looking forwa…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:23AM
Saturday, October 29, 2022

“The Red Shades” Sings of Tenderloin Trans Heroes & Sheroes—at Z Space by Robert M. Gardner

Adrienne Price Rocks & Shocks with No Apologies by Robert M. Gardner When will we realize that difference is not dangerous, but rather enhances and strengthens US. In “The Red Shades: …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 02:23AM
Sunday, September 18, 2022

“Always…Patsy Cline” Makes Us Love Her Like ‘Crazy’—at Center REP by Robert M. Gardner

Cayman Ilika Channels Patsy Cline’s Genius by Robert M. Gardner At Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, I enjoyed Center REP’s retrospective of the short but brilliant career of country folk s…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:06PM
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

“The Mountaintop” Thrills with MLK’s Final Night—at The Pear by Robert M. Gardner

Katori Hall Imagines King & a Mysterious Woman by Robert M. Gardner In “The Mountaintop,” playwright Katori Hall’s conversational dialogue makes us eager to hear more of the spirit…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:56PM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

“Cassandra Sessions”: Malvina Reynolds Is Still Singing—at Shotgun Players by Robert M. Gardner

Beth Wilmurt Revives Prophetic Musical Genius by Robert M. Gardner Song stylist and virtuoso keyboard artist Beth Wilmurt inhabits the skin of 60s folk icon Malvina Reynolds. She treats Reyn…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:21PM
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

“The Central Park Jogger”: Truth or Rape? —Streaming Sassymouth by Robert M. Gardner

John Fisher Revisits Travesty of Justice in NYC by Robert M. Gardner In his latest one man play, John Fisher takes us on a bike tour in Manhattan, telling the story of a brutal rape in Centr…

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

“National Trust”—Gay Comedy Exposes Heartless Homes—Streaming Sassymouth by Robert M. Gardner

John Fisher Sends Up Silly Snobs in U.S. & U.K by Robert M. Gardner & Barry David Horwitz In “National Trust,” a solo show by John Fisher, we find our hero camping it up, calling…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:17AM
Saturday, June 5, 2021

“The Farm”: Stanford Rape Unveils Illusions—Streaming Rhino by Robert M. Gardner

John Fisher’s Idyllic Bike Trip to Palo Alto Turns Serious by Robert M. Gardner & Barry David Horwitz In “The Farm,” Fisher’s romantic bicycle trip to the sun-drenched Stanford c…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

“Magic Fruit” Celebrates Two Women’s Joy in Food— Streaming TheatreFirst by Robert M. Gardner

Rivas & Shokri Transcend Texts, Welcome East & West by Robert M. Gardner Around the Bay, the Pandemic has curtailed our favorite pastime—eating out at restaurants from Persian to M…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 10:50PM
Sunday, May 2, 2021

“The Royale” Turns Boxing into Revelation—Streaming Lincoln Center by Robert M. Gardner

Marco Ramirez Exposes Perils of Black Sports Heroes by Robert M. Gardner & Barry David Horwitz Jay “The Sport” Jackson is a hero. He knows it, everyone knows it. Khris Davis plays th…

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

“Shadow/Land”—Black Women Stranded by Race/Storm–Streaming Public, NY by Robert M. Gardner

Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s Poetry Brings Beauty to Disaster by Robert M. Gardner & Barry David Horwitz The New York Public Theater is offering a world premiere audio play, “Shadow/La…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:18PM
Saturday, March 27, 2021

“My Name is … Johnny Cash” Rocks & Rolls—Streaming 6th Street by Robert M. Gardner

Lasiter & Barnaba Light the Ring of Fire  by Robert M. Gardner The first words of Johnny Cash’s last recorded song, “I hurt myself today,” still haunt me. Like other songs in “M…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:01PM
Sunday, February 28, 2021

“Strange Courtesies” Climaxes Black History Month—Streaming The Stage by Robert M. Gardner

L. Peter Callender Creates Explosive Exposé of Apartheid by Robert M. Gardner                                                        …

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Monday, February 22, 2021

“Lone Mountain” Tour Reveals Gay Side—Streaming Rhino by Robert M. Gardner

John Fisher Scores Another Triumph in Free Series by Robert M. Gardner “Lone Mountain” qualifies as a travelogue, even more than a play. The action begins in John Fisher’s apartment in…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:47PM
Saturday, December 12, 2020

“The Big Island” Reveals Sordid Underbelly of Paradise–Streaming Rhino by Robert M. Gardner

John Fisher’s Gay Detective Fights for Justice by Robert M. Gardner MacPherson gazes down at the two small children in the dirt. Finding bodies usually does not bother him, but sadly these…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 12:53AM
Monday, August 10, 2020

“Sunday in the Park with George” Exposes Seurat’s Secrets–Streaming PBS by Robert M. Gardner

Sondheim Songs Pit Painter’s Life vs. Art Biz by Robert M. Gardner Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George” offers insights into Georges Seu…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:56PM
Saturday, June 6, 2020

“A Murder in Hawaii”: 1931 Race Crime Shocks U.S.—Streaming Rhino by Robert M. Gardner

John Fisher Exposes Family Scandals, Then and Now by Robert M. Gardner  John Fisher is a genius of storytelling.  In “A Murder in Hawaii,” Fisher exposes the Massie Affair, a 1931 raci…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:37PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

“The Afterlife” Takes on Murder & Suicide, at Flight Deck, Oakland by Robert M. Gardner

Gary Soto Pens Play for Latinx Teens in Distress  by Robert M. Gardner In Gary Soto’s “The Afterlife,” two Fresno teenagers, Chuy and Crystal, die in the opening minutes. Chuy is murd…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards