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Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Wicked," the Wizard of Oz-inspired musical returns to the Bay Area, and its story has never seemed more timely.

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Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’ radically re-invented to embrace feminist, LGBT themes by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" is considered a stage classic yet strongly misogynistic -- two new S.F. adaptations address that issue.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Classic August Wilson blues drama revived in San Francisco by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Multi Ethnic Theater presents August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" in San Francisco through Sept. 1.

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Review: Lamplighters sails G&S’ ‘Pinafore’ with an assured hand by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Lamplighters is well-versed in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'H.M.S. Pinafore," and its shows in this razor-sharp production.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Bittersweet Sarah Ruhl comedy enchants Altarena Playhouse in Alameda by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sarah Ruhl's comedy "The Clean House" follows an improbable yet charming turn of events; it plays through Sept. 8 in Alameda.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

PlayGround series unleashes a wave of new theater in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

PlayGround, the Bay Area company promoting new plays and playwrights, is hosting a series of new works in SF Innovators Showcase.

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Mary Zimmerman’s ‘White Snake’ comes to Silicon Valley Shakespeare by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Silicon Valley Shakespeare's summer season features an intriguing choice -- Mary Zimmerman's stunning "The White Snake," based on a Chinese legend.

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Review: You will squirm through ’52 Letters’ in Oakland — and that’s good by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Regina Evans presents an unflinching look at human trafficking in her riveting, unsettling demand for change at Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Lovebirds return to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley with new plays to show by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's acclaimed New Works Festival, which kicks off Aug. 9, played matchmaker for these two writers.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents strong productions of 2 classics: Shakespeare's 'Comedy of Errors' and Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice.'

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: Quirky, cheeky ‘Dreamcoat’ kicks up some fun at Tri-Valley Rep by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Livermore showcases a classic musical in this light-hearted romp.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Why is ‘Cabaret’ all over the Bay Area this summer? by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Cabaret," full of decadent song-and-dance scenes and political turmoil, seems more relevant than ever in S.F. and San Jose productions.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Two Caryl Churchill plays get Bay Area premiere in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Two short Caryl Churchill plays, "Here We Go" and "Escaped Alone," are presented in a Berkeley church by Anton’s Well Theater Company.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Review: ‘Macbeth’ in SF gets stunning update, with mixed results by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

African-American Shakespeare Company presents Migdalia Cruz's adaptation of classic 'Macbeth,' set in a homeless camp.

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Review: Powerful ‘Kill Move Paradise’ haunts Berkeley stage by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Shotgun Players in Berkeley presents 'Kill Move Paradise' by James Ijames, in which black lives cut short by racism grapple with the afterlife.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Cannibal! The Musical’ by ‘South Park’ creator Trey Parker hits SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Long before "Book of Mormon," "South Park" co-creator Trey Parker wrote "Cannibal! The Musical," which finally gets its Bay Area premiere.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Review: Delightful ‘Language Archive’ finds TheatreWorks on a roll by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

A month after winning a Regional Theatre Tony Award, TheatreWorks opens 50th season with clever, heartfelt 'Language Archive.'

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Outrageous ‘Book of Mormon’ returns to Bay Area by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Book of Mormon," the naught but sort of sweet musical from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, comes to Broadway San Jose.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

SF Shakes is performing Shakespeare's beloved comedy "As You Like It" at Bay Area parks, complete with songs from SF band the The Kilbanes.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review: A Civil War ‘Othello’ rages at Livermore Shakespeare Fest by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Livermore Shakespeare Festival presents the Bard's bitter "Othello," set in this production during the Civil War.

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SF Mime Troupe at 60: Still trying to save the world with satire by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe marks 60th anniversary touring Bay Area with another politically charged satire, "Treasure Island."

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Review: Sunny songs, brutal story — that ‘s ‘Once on this Island’ in El Cerrito by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

The musical "Once on The Island," playing in El Cerrito, has a split personality: pleasing songs but a disheartening tale of clashing cultures.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Extra, extra! ‘Newsies’ opens Woodminster season in Oakland by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

The Tony Award-winning Disney musical "Newsies," born from a cinematic flop, opens the season at Woodminster Summer Musicals in Oakland.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

For displaced Berkeley theater troupes, the show must go on by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Several theater companies are dealing with temporary displacement for the next year or so due to construction work on a handful of Berkeley facilities. Live Oak Theatre is going to be closed…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: Aurora goes deep into grief in Joan Didion play by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Joan Didion's memoir and play, "The Year of Magical Thinking," gets a powerful Bay Area premiere at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Review: ‘Big’ in Berkeley shows not every movie should be a musical by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Big," a musical version of the Tom Hanks movie about a boy who suddenly inherits a man's body, suffers from so-so tunes and creepiness factor.

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Dystopian classic ‘Fahrenheit 451’ plays at SF stage by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Quantum Dragon Theatre's stage version of Ray Bradbury's chilling novel 'Fahrenheit 451' -- about a society where books are illegal -- plays in S.F.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Review: Corporate satire by Carey Perloff hits most of its marks at SF Playhouse by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Former ACT artistic director Carey Perloff debuts a new play that skewers the Bay Area's venture capitalism world at SF Playhouse.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Carey Perloff back at ACT’s Strand Theater — as a playwright this time by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Former American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff is debuting a new play at SF Playhouse.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: Musical ‘Rent’ back in SF, still stuck in the ’90s by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

The groundbreaking musical 'Rent' has returned to SF, although it plays more like a retro nugget than an urgent look at struggling youth.

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Folk musical ‘Once’ ready to charm SF Bay Area in regional premiere by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

The Tony Award-winning musical "Once" gets its regional theater premiere via 42nd Street Moon through June 30 at the Gateway Theatre in S.F.

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