Wednesday, September 22, 2021

New show ‘Dear San Francisco’ opens at a turning point for circus as art form by Lily Janiak

Industry changes create an opportunity for the smaller circus companies in the Bay Area to redefine the art form.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

Melissa Smith, longtime head of ACT’s MFA program, dies at 64 by Sam Hurwitt

ACT’s conservatory director for 25 years, Smith co-starred with Frances McDormand in the Oscar-winning 2020 film “Nomadland.”

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:12AM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Review: Gentrifiers get deliciously gory comeuppance in Crowded Fire’s ‘The Displaced’ by Lily Janiak

Isaac Gomez's horror revenge comedy complicates stereotyped images of gentrification and privilege.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:38PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Susan Harloe to depart Word for Word in October by Lily Janiak

Co-Artistic Director JoAnne Winter plans to continue at the organization's helm.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:43PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

An abortion play with a happy ending helps a sometime Texan parse the state’s new law and her own past by Lily Janiak

Michelle Carter’s ‘How to Pray’ rejects abortion storytelling cliches.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Review: Shakespeare gets his freak on in Cal Shakes’ ‘Winter’s Tale’ by Lily Janiak

Eric Ting's production leans into Shakespeare's weirdness with uncommon commitment and imagination.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:43PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Afraid, grief-stricken, confused? Bay Area fall theater hears you by Lily Janiak

To see this season's shows, you can explore in the woods, return to a beloved playhouse or stream from home.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Review: On 9/11 anniversary, ‘Come From Away’ still a beacon of hope by Lily Janiak

To see "Come From Away" onscreen now is to see a path to mercy and compassion off in the distance.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:22PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

New Actors’ Equity Association policy shows how much society fails Bay Area actors by Lily Janiak

Open Access came after a year of what many describe as the union's slow or insufficient adaptation to the pandemic.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

‘Drag Race’ queen Jackie Cox brings ‘JackieVision’ to S.F.’s Oasis by Tony Bravo

"RuPaul’s Drag Race" fan favorite queen tackles classic pop culture through Marvel-inspired cabaret act.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

These S.F. artists got city funding that was redirected from the police by Lily Janiak

The Dream Keeper Initiative models a potentially radical way to support arts companies such as SFBATCO.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Review: 13th Floor’s ‘Assemblage of Monsters’ is the in-person theater you’ve been missing by Lily Janiak

The Old Mint has been a frequent home to immersive theater, but 13th Floor makes the site seem custom-built.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 06:46PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Bay Area music and dance groups celebrate reopening with a communal showcase by Joshua Kosman

A free outdoor event organized by the Lamplighters will highlight a diverse array of performing artists.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

A restaurant critic and a theater critic walk into a belly-dancing show by Soleil Ho and Lily Janiak

Berber, a North African restaurant in Russian Hill, hosts a weekend circus dinner show. Two Chronicle critics wrote a play about it.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, August 12, 2021

San Francisco’s new vaccination mandate to affect local arts community by Morayo Ogunbayo

The city hopes the mandate prompts more Bay Area residents to seek vaccination in light of the surge of infections due to the delta variant.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:09PM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

‘Hamilton’ fans on COVID safety at the Orpheum’s reopening: ‘You still have to live your life’ by Lily Janiak

Many patrons told The Chronicle they felt safe attending the Orpheum's "Hamilton" show on Tuesday, Aug. 10, marking the San Francisco theater's reopening.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:13PM

Berkeley Rep delays reopening amid a fresh wave of theater cancellations by Lily Janiak

The news pushes the theater's reopening until November, with "Wintertime" by Charles L. Mee.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:41PM

Public health is her day job. Acting was supposed to be a release. COVID ruined that, too by Lily Janiak

"I wondered if I needed to drop the show because it would put my public health career in jeopardy," Boothman said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

COVID protocols, problems take center stage as Bay Area theaters resume productions by Lily Janiak

Community theaters are a vital part of the art form. But they may not be equipped to deal with a crisis as complex and ever-evolving as the COVID pandemic.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:00PM
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Review: ‘Circe: Twilight of a Goddess’ is fun maritime adventure but terrible theater by Lily Janiak

The long journey to your seat is the highlight of the production, in which a floating structure serves as stage and set.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:22PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

COVID-19 theater audience survey: A parody by Lily Janiak

Would you help us return to in-person indoor performances in two to 36 months by telling us how you feel right now?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, August 1, 2021

Review: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass make too nice in ‘The Agitators’ by Lily Janiak

We've been pitting the struggles of Black men against the struggles of white women for a long, long time, according to "The Agitators."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:58PM
Friday, July 30, 2021

Jeri Lynn Cohen, actor who brought warmth to Bay Area stage, dies at 62 by Steven Winn

The cause was metastatic breast cancer. There are tentative plans for a memorial service at Z Space in October.  

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 06:26PM

Want a chance to see ‘Hamilton’ for $10? Here’s your shot by Aidin Vaziri

BroadwaySF is once again making a limited number of tickets for every performance available for $10 each through a digital lottery. 

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:34PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Review: San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘The Song of Summer’ is artistry that makes a dent by Lily Janiak

After more than a year without indoor, in-person theater, actors performing right in front of you packs a surprise wallop.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:09PM
Friday, July 23, 2021

I thought a fellow theater critic was white. When I learned I was wrong, I had much to reassess by Lily Janiak

John Wilkins and his reviews remain the same; it's my understanding that changed.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

‘Dream Life of Malcolm X’ heightens the debate about who has the right to tell which story by Lily Janiak and Morayo Ogunbayo

Though playwright John Wilkins identifies as African American, he is light-skinned enough not to get followed at the grocery store.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Review: It’s time for the S.F. Mime Troupe to work harder to earn its audience by Lily Janiak

For too long now, the 62-year-old company has been coasting on nostalgia.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

California’s increased funding for the arts called ‘historic,’ ‘bold’ and ‘unprecedented’ by Lily Janiak

The $616 million allocation could herald a new era in how the state supports the arts.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, July 12, 2021

Review: 600 Highwaymen’s ‘A Thousand Ways’ teaches us a new way to interact by Lily Janiak

First strangers met by phone. This time, audiences meet in person, separated by a pane of glass.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:28PM

San Francisco Playhouse’s next season to be in-person only by Lily Janiak

The company's in-person season starts in October. There are no plans to offer an online option.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:00PM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54