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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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Friday, June 14, 2019

Review: Magic Theatre’s barrio ‘Oedipus’ dazzles a decade later by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Magic Theatre powerfully revives Luis Luis Alfaro's "Oedipus el Rey," an adaptation of the Greek tragedy set in L.A.'s violent gang world.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Review: ‘Archduke’ at TheatreWorks hilariously shows how violent radicals are born by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Rajiv Joseph's "Archduke," playing TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, is a dark comedy that shows how the violent start to World War I could happen today.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’ comes to Lafayette stage by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Pedro Almodóvar's acclaimed film "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' has been adapted for the stage and plays in Lafayette through June 22.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

ACT's revival of Ionesco's absurdist comedy 'Rhinoceros' could not be a better fit for these maddening times; and it's a great production to boot.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Review: Dirty politics plays for laughs in Berkeley’s ‘Kings’ by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sarah Burgess' sharp satire "Kings" comically deconstructs Washington politics; it plays through June 22 at Shotgun Players.

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‘Ripped,’ an unsettling play about sexual consent, returns to SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Rachel Bublitz' hard-hitting play "Ripped" depicts a sexual encounter that ends very badly; it's playing at Z Space in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A movie star plunges out of the closet in ‘Action Hero’ at Theatre Rhinoceros by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Theatre Rhinoceros presents "Action Hero," a new queer play by John Fisher about a movie star with secrets.

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It’s the summer of ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in SF Bay Area by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Midsummer Night's Dream" is all over the SF Bay Area, with 2 more productions about to open in Concord and San Jose.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Discover Port Costa in new interactive theater piece by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Interactive theater troupe Idiot String presents the immersive "Port Stories," focusing on the East Bay community of Port Costa.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Review: Love is out of reach in SF Playhouse’s ‘Significant Other’ by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Significant Other," a Broadway comedy getting its Bay Area debut at SF Playhouse, follow a gay man's hard-luck look for love.

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Review: ‘American Psycho’ now a bloody, but good, musical in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Brett Easton Ellis' controversial novel has been adapted into a wildly entertaining musical at S.F.'s Ray of Light Theatre.

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Review: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Oakland is Shakespeare on speed by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland presents a fast-paced and youthful take on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet."

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Review: Carole King musical back in SF, and it’s ‘Beautiful’ by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," which debuted in S.F. in 2013, is back in town at the Golden Gate Theatre through June 9.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: Woody Guthrie’s music, politics share stage in Walnut Creek by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek presents "Woody Sez,' a Woody Guthrie jukebox musical that touches on the folk legend's songs and politics.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Sylvia Plath comes back from the dead on SF stage by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Lynne Kaufman's "Who Killed Sylvia Plath" at The Marsh in S.F. takes viewers inside the troubled mind of the iconic poet.

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Review: A luminous ‘Silent Sky’ lights up the stage in San Jose by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Lauren Gunderson's "Silent Sky" at City Lights Theater in San Jose tells the inspiring story of groundbreaking scientist Henrietta Leavitt.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Mother’s Milk’ in Berkeley is a bluesy love letter to mom by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Wayne Harris created and performs "Mother's Milk" in Berkeley, featuring some terrific music and touching stories about his life and family.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Review: A feminist ‘Victorian Ladies’ Detective Collective’ in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Patricia Milton's new play at Central Works in Berkeley finds a group of female British detectives on the hunt for a violent misogynist.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Summer theater 2019: What’s playing at SF Bay Area outdoor stages by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

From Shakespeare to Broadway musicals to political satire, here are 14 SF Bay Area stages to see outdoor theater over the summer.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ lands in San Jose, and its story could not be more timely by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Iconic stage musical "Fiddler on the Roof" comes to San Jose, starring Israeli actor Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye, and its story of religious persecution seems more timely than ever.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Chekhov gets another send-up with ‘Life Sucks’ Custom Made Theatre in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Playwright Aaron Posner has another cheeky Anton Chekhov send-up with "Life Sucks," playing at Custom Made Theatre in SF.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Review: ‘Hamlet’ remixed as cowboy romance in San Francisco by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

We Players artistic director Ava Roy re-invents Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet" as a cowboy romance in "Undiscovered Country" in S.F.

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Arabian Shakespeare Fest in SF revives Betty Shamieh Crusades play by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

S.F.'s Arabian Shakespeare Fest revives Betty Shamieh's "Territories," a drama set during the Crusades.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Supremacy’ at Exit Theatre in SF blends superheros with Black Lives Matter by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Jason Mendez's new play "Supremacy" explores Black Lives Matters within a framework borrowed from superhero comics.

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SF Bay Area playwright updates Dickens classic for Trump era by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

TheatreFIRST and Shotgun players present Burlingame playwright Geetha Reddy's 'Far, Far Better Things," an adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities."

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Monday, May 6, 2019

‘King Lear’ — the musical — journeys from Poland to UC Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Poland's Song of the Goat Theatre brings its passionate "King Lear" song cycle to UC Berkeley May 11-12.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

‘Lightning Thief’ star grew up on SF Bay Area stages by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Fremont native Kristin Stokes stars as a Greek goddess in the Percy Jackson musical "The Lightning Thief" playing in San Jose May 10-12.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘Weightless’ is back in SF: Here’s why you should be overjoyed by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Weightless," a rock musical by the Bay Area duo the Kilbanes, is being revived at the Strand Theaters, and that is very good news indeed.

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Overhauled ‘Flower Drum Song’ hits Palo Alto by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Flower Drum Song," a S.F.-set novel that became a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, plays in its updated version at Palo Alto Players.

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