Tuesday, June 18, 2024

“Innocence” Grabs Hold & Refuses to Let Go—at SF Opera by Mary Lou Herlihy

Kaija Saariaho’s Masterpiece Exposes Infection of School Massacre by Mary Lou Herlihy Students’ heads jerk backward in unison—a most horrifying moment, brilliantly staged. A sickening …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 07:20AM
Thursday, June 13, 2024

“Garuda’s Wing” Celebrates Nature, Travels Time—at Magic by Mary Lou Herlihy

Naomi Iizuka Sounds the Alarm in Beautiful New Poetic Drama by Mary Lou Herlihy Naomi Iizuka’s “Garuda’s Wing” takes us to Borneo, teaming with ghosts, orchids, and orangutans. She b…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:06PM
Wednesday, June 12, 2024

“Seeing Stars” Sparkles with Comedy, Truth, Insight—at The Marsh  by Robert M. Gardner

Steve Budd Reflects on Family Life Unrealized by Robert M. Gardner “Seeing Stars” is seventy minutes of interstellar and introspective exploration under the sure hand of master storytell…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:21AM
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

“The Magic Flute” Charms with Silent Movie Magic—at SF Opera by Bdhorwitz

Mozart Meets Chaplin in Jazz Age Animation & Flapper Fashion by Barry David Horwitz What’s not to love about an evening with Mozart at SF Opera in silent movie style, intriguing animat…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:10PM
Sunday, June 9, 2024

“Ghost of King” Rises with Grace & Inspiration—at OTP by K. Marguerite Caronna

Michael Wayne Turner III Resurrects MLK, Writer & Performer by K. Marguerite Caronna The Reverend stands in the shadows, behind an imposing white pulpit on a raised red stage at Oakland …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:30PM
Friday, June 7, 2024

“Doubt, a Parable” Shines Spotlight on Acting—at Altarena by Mary Lou Herlihy

John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Play Remains Relevant   by Mary Lou Herlihy Before the play begins, I chat with the woman next to me. She shares a painful story about her local church whe…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:24PM
Thursday, June 6, 2024

“Cabaret” Shows Us How Fascists Take Over—at Center REP by Bdhorwitz

Rotimi Agbabiaka Triumphs as Electric, Elegant Emcee by Barry David Horwitz If you see one musical this year, Center REP’s “Cabaret” would be the one. There’s no bigger thrill than s…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:13PM
Sunday, June 2, 2024

“Dear San Francisco”: A Mind-Blowing Trip—at Club Fugazi by Bdhorwitz

Carroll & Snider’s Affectionate Acrobats Thrill & Inspire  by Barry David Horwitz You can only see “Dear San Francisco” at Club Fugazi in North Beach. Born out of Cirque du So…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:28PM
Friday, May 31, 2024

“Lehman Trilogy” Strikes Gold with Superb Staging, Acting—at ACT by Bdhorwitz

Stefano Massini’s World-Wide Hit Unmasks Capitalist Bravado by Barry David Horwitz With a magnificent rafter-reaching glass and steel revolving cube, “The Lehman Trilogy” depicts Ameri…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:02PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2024

“The Revolutionists”: Fantastic Four Femmes Fight for Justice—at Lunatico by Lynne Stevens

Lauren Gunderson Imagines a Play for Rich and Poor by Lynne Stevens The French Revolution is raging. We hear sounds of crowds, shots, and the woosh of Madame Guillotine outside a French woma…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:14PM
Monday, May 27, 2024

“tick, tick…BOOM!” Celebrates “Rent” Composer’s Doubts & Dreams—at NCTC by Bdhorwitz

Jonathan Larson’s Musical Blossoms with Youthful, 90s Passions by Barry David Horwitz “tick…. tick…. Boom!” is more than the origin story of “Rent.” It’s a witty and brillian…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:46PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“Galileo” Unveils A Universe of Superb Spectacle—at Berkeley Rep by Mary Lou Herlihy

Strong, Weiner, Sarnak’s New Musical Faces Mighty Challenges by Mary Lou Herlihy & Barry David Horwitz “Galileo” bursts onto the stage like a grand gold-wrapped gift with a big exp…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:10PM
Monday, May 20, 2024

“Torch Song”: A Gay Jewish Drag Queen Triumphs!—at Marin by Bdhorwitz

Harvey Fierstein’s Classic Gay Comedy Touches Our Hearts by Barry David Horwitz Lend an ear and you will hear an authentic argument between a gay, New York drag queen son and his disappoin…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:17PM
Friday, May 17, 2024

“The Book Club Play” Delivers Laughs & Opens Minds—at Ross Valley by Mary Lou Herlihy

Karen Zacarías Explores How Books Expand Our Lives by Mary Lou Herlihy Fill your glass, take a seat, open to Chapter 13, and enjoy a juicy discussion about this week’s book selection. Ros…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:38PM
Thursday, May 16, 2024

“Taming of the Shrew” Grooves with Summer of Love—at AASC by Robert M. Gardner

Amy Freed Adapts Shakespeare for Modern Times by Robert M. Gardner At the opening of African American Shakespeare Company’s “Taming of the Shrew,” I expected a retelling of Shakespeare…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 04:33PM
Sunday, May 12, 2024

“The Glass Menagerie” Shines Light on Struggling 30s Family—at S.F. Playhouse by Lynne Stevens

Tennessee Williams Reflects American Memories & Dreams by Lynne Stevens Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” came to the stage in 1944. He called it “a memory play” becaus…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 06:30PM
Monday, May 6, 2024

“Breed or Bust”: A Woman’s Bold Trip to Bodily Freedom—at The Marsh-Berkeley by Kim Waldron

Joyful Raven’s Hilarious, High-Spirited Solo Fits the Moment by Kim Waldron This review was first published on September 4, 2022, for Joyful Raven’s “Breed or Bust” at Playground-sf.…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:04PM
Friday, May 3, 2024

“Not A Genuine Black Man”: Rich in Wit & Warmth—at The Marsh, S.F. by Bdhorwitz

Brian Copeland Returns in 20th Anniversary Triumph! by Barry David Horwitz Brian Copeland’s “Not A Genuine Black Man” reminds us of our nation’s history through his own personal hist…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 09:50PM

“Tobacco, Zig-Zags & Gum”: A Play to Heal the Soul—at The Marsh by Robert M. Gardner

Algiin Ford’s Solo Show Embraces Resilience & Hope by Robert M. Gardner I went to the Marsh looking for insights and inspiration from veteran actor and writer Algiin Ford. I left with …

SOURCE: Theatrius at 08:33PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

“Blue Door” Asks “Who Am I?” & Finds Out—at Aurora by Lynne Stevens

Tanya Barfield’s Professor Faces His Demons, Brings Us to Tears  by Lynne Stevens After a bout of terrible insomnia, math professor Lewis (the stellar Michael J. Asberry) is visited by th…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:05PM

“Red Red Red” Sizzles!—at Oakland by K. Marguerite Caronna

Amelio Garcia Tells Passionate Queer Coming Out Tale  by K. Marguerite Caronna There’s no escaping those Greeks. “Red Red Red” is based on Greek scholar Anne Carson’s queer coming o…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:56PM
Saturday, April 27, 2024

“A Strange Loop”: A Daring & Personal Ride—at A.C.T. by Kim Waldron

Michael R. Jackson Creates Bold, Black, Queer Meta-Musical by Kim Waldron “A Strange Loop” is a musical about a Black queer writer writing a musical about a Black queer writer, who happe…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:16AM
Monday, April 22, 2024

“Returning to Haifa” Reveals War’s Human Suffering—at Golden Thread by K. Marguerite Caronna

Ghassan Kanafani Exposes Endless Pain in Palestine & Israel by K. Marguerite Caronna Golden Thread Productions courageously dedicates their season to Palestine. In its West Coast Premier…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 02:59AM
Friday, April 19, 2024

“The Tutor”: Cultural Anxiety Creates Sparks—at NCTC by Lynne Stevens

Torange Yeghiazarian Pairs Passion with U.S./Iran Conflict by Lynne Stevens What makes “The Tutor” different from any other love triangle? Well, there are more than three players in this…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 02:37PM
Thursday, April 18, 2024

“Other” Returns to the Rez in Triumph—at The Marsh by Robert M. Gardner

Elaine Magree Shares Brilliant Native Recollections by Robert M. Gardner A trip to The Marsh in Berkeley is always an exciting experience and Saturday, April 13 was no exception with the ope…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 02:01PM
Saturday, April 13, 2024

“Tiger Style!” Raises the Stakes on Asian American Hilarity—at TheatreWorks by Mary Lou Herlihy

Mike Lew’s Rollicking Comedy Hits Home by Mary Lou Herlihy I succeed in life, and I fail. Occasionally I look for people and things to blame, including my gender. One thing I never blame i…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 05:34PM
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

“Pride of Lions” Roars over Transgender History—at Rhino by Eli N.t.

Millennial Notes Roger Q. Mason Illuminates 1928 Mae West Drag Show by Eli N.T. “We are all individual lions, but we must never forget that we are one pride.” —Gaven D. Trinidad “The…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:47AM
Sunday, April 7, 2024

“Pal Joey” Showcases Depression Era Rodgers & Hart Musical—at Altarena by Lynne Stevens

John O’Hara’s Stories of Strippers & Hustlers Spring to Life by Lynne Stevens “Pal Joey” opens with an enthusiastic overture from a live band of syncopated seniors. We all breath…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:58AM
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

“Sign My Name to Freedom”: Betty’s Songs Highlight a Legendary Life—at SFBATCO by Mary Lou Herlihy

Michael Gene Sullivan Thrills with Betty Reid Soskin at 102 by Mary Lou Herlihy & Barry David Horwitz You will find much to enjoy in the richly conceived, cleverly staged, deftly written…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 03:14AM
Saturday, March 30, 2024

“Larry The Musical” Celebrates Filipino Labor Hero—at BRAVA by Vince Mediaa

Gayle Romasanta Brings Love to Farm Worker Legend by Vince Mediaa —first published at VmediArts “You must believe that our truth is in our heart.”  —Larry Itliong Larry Itliong, fat…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 02:37PM
Monday, March 25, 2024

“The Great Leap” Spins US/China Dreams on Hardwood—at Center REP  by Hamilton Nguyen

Millennial Notes Lauren Yee Scores Big with Basketball Comedy by Hamilton Nguyen Inspired by a young San Francisco Chinatown basketball player, “The Great Leap” blends sports, family, an…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 01:06AM

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