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Friday, February 14, 2020

Review: Epic theater sensation ‘Gatz’ lands at Berkeley Rep by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Elevator Repair Service brings its astounding stage hit 'Gatz' -- a unlikely retelling of 'The Great Gatsby' -- to Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Review: ‘Devil’s Music’ at Center Rep captures Bessie Smith’s talent, swagger by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'Devil's Music' captures Bessie Smith's raw talent and swagger in production by Center Rep in Walnut Creek.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review: Dynamic ‘West Side Story’ hits home in Pleasanton by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre stages a lively 'West Side Story' revival that subtlety acknowledges the racism, misogyny that occurs on stage.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘Veep’s’ Tony Hale returns to stage for quirky ‘Wakey, Wakey’ in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Tony Hale, best known for starring in TV's "Arrested Development" and "Veep," comes to ACT in S.F. to star in "Wakey, Wakey."

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: Powerful ‘Pianist of Willesden Lane’ returns to Bay Area by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

TheatreWorks presents Mona Golabek's Holocaust-themed "Pianist of Willesden Lane," a triumph of storytelling and piano playing.

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Review: Sarah Ruhl farce ‘Stage Kiss’ charms at City Lights in San Jose by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sarah Ruhl's comedy "Stage Kiss" is a play within a play within a play, and it succeeds at all levels at City Lights Theater in San Jose.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Review: ‘She Kills Monsters’ in Berkeley is a huge, geeky triumph by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Qui Nguyen's play "She Kills Monsters" pairs a 'Dungeons and Dragons'-themed story with '90s pop culture in a massively entertaining show in Berkeley.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Unsettling stage show ‘Nether’ opens in Redwood City by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Jennifer Hayley's play about the creepy, dark underside of an AI system opens at Dragon Productions Theatre Company in Redwood City.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Oakland arts center emerging in most unusual spot by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

With Oakland arts center the Flight Deck set to close soon, the Flax Art & Design store is emerging a potential performance site.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Three’s a crowd? 2 plays on polyamory land in SF theaters by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'PolySHAMory' by Kate Robards plays The Marsh and 'How to Transcend a Happy Marriage' by Sarah Ruhl plays at Custom Made Theatre.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Review: Caryl Churchill’s witch-hunt play in Berkeley couldn’t be timelier by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Caryl Churchill's powerful witch-hunt drama "Vinegar Tom," playing at Berkeley's Ashby Stage, speaks to the current political climate.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Unique Derique lovable clown show ‘Fool La La’ back in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Unique Derique's "Fool La La" clown blends gentle humor with circus tricks, magic and other fun; it's playing at The Marsh Berkeley.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Review: ‘Groundhog Day’ musical in SF a snarky holiday treat by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Yes, "Groundhog Day the Musical," getting its Bay Area premiere at SF Playhouse, is a worthy holiday show.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 was a bold year for Bay Area theater — here’s the best of what we saw by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Cal Shakes, Shotgun Players, Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep and ACT delivered some of the best Bay Area stage productions we saw in 2019.

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Quantum Dragon presents an AI comedy of manners in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Quantum Dragon in SF performs the West Coast premiere of a futuristic sci-fi comedy of manners, 'An Invitation Out.'

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Sarah Ruhl back at Berkeley Rep with ‘Becky Nurse,’ a Salem witch trial comedy by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Prize-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl returns to Berkeley Rep with "Beck Nurse," a comedy inspired by the Salem witch trials.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 11:45AM
Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ now a so-so new musical in Palo Alto by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's world premiere of a musical adapted from Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' needs better songs.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Go-Go’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’ back in SF in time for holidays by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Head Over Heels," which marries Go-Go's tunes to a silly Elizabethan story line, comes to New Conservatory Theatre in SF for a holiday run.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bay Area icon Josh Kornbluth performs greatest hits — for charity by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Bay Area monologist Josh Kornbluth is performing three of his best-known solo shows in Berkeley to benefit TheatreFirst stage company.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Family turmoil powerfully captured in ‘The Humans’ in San Jose by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'The Humans,' Stephen Karam's prize-winning portrait of a struggling family, gets strong staging at San Jose Stage Company.

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‘Mahabharata’: World’s longest poem becomes a brisk Oakland stage show by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Bay Area playwright Geetha Reddy adapted epic Indian poem "The Mahabharata" into a brisk solo show for Ubuntu Theater in Oakland.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Poe’s ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ gets hip-hop makeover at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Berkeley's Aurora Theatre hosts Phil Wong and Dan Wolf's "Tell Tale Hearts," a hip-hop take on the Edgar Allan Poe classic horror tale.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New Musical ‘Tale of Despereaux’ delights at Berkeley Rep by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Based on the award-winning kids book, 'Tales of Despereaux' at Berkeley Rep charms as a family friendly holiday show.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:49PM

Caryl Churchill’s famed time-skipping play ‘Cloud 9’ lands in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Caryl Churchill's time-traveling 'Cloud 9' tackles hot-button issues in unusual ways; it plays at Custom Made Theatre in S.F. through Dec. 15.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 01:23PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flight Deck arts venue in Oakland faces uncertain future by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Flight Deck performing arts space in Oakland will close in March after Ragged Wing Ensemble moves out -- unless someone takes it over.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

You haven’t seen a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ like this SF production by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'Midsummer Night's Dream' gets a unique production by Arabian Shakespeare Festival in S.F.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’ impresses, but doesn’t quite wow by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna," adapted loosely from Shakespeare's 'Tempest,' is a entertaining show that falls just short of mind-blowing.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:39PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Women of French Resistance come to life in ‘Convoy’ in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Berkeley’s Theatre Lunatico presents 'Convoy 31000,' based on stories on French women who fought the Nazis -- and the prices they paid.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Famed Iranian playwright keeps surprises coming in ‘Nassim’ by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour keeps the script of 'Nassim' secret until each performance, when he takes the stage with a surprise actor.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘The Jap Box’: Magic and ‘uncomfortable’ history combine in Berkeley show by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

David Hirata's solo show 'The Jap Box' at The Marsh Berkeley tells the story of a Japanese magician whose act was co-opted by Americans.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review: Clever stage rom-com ‘Elevada’ sparkles in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sheila Callaghan's clever rom-com "Elevada" -- featuring a great cast -- is presented by Shotgun Players at Ashby Stage in Berkeley.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 03:38PM

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