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Close to the Target: ‘Shoot Me When’ world premiere (online) at SF Playhouse

The latest from the Playhouse is an imperfect piece about living (and dying) on your own terms.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Doesn’t fully Line Up: ACT Out Loud – ‘The Matchmaker’

ACT don’t quite stick the landing, but their new reading series brought lessons worth learning.

Tuesday, 11 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

Wave the White Flag: ACT Out Loud – ‘Arms and the Man’

George Bernard Shaw’s classic satire gets an unfortunately sour reading as part of ACT’s new series.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · 1 Comment

‘Eye’ on the Prize: ‘The Bluest Eye’ “audio drama” at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s audio show – originally intended for a live production – adds to the dreamlike quality of Toni Morrison’s debut story.

Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 · Leave a comment

In Step with the Spectrum: Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ (online) at the SF Ballet

The company shot a new segment to round out their delightful production Balanchine’s colorful triptych.

Wednesday, 7 April, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Newest Old Play: ACT Out Loud – ‘Trouble in Mind’

The inaugural entry in the ACT’s new reading series is Alice Childress’ all-too-relevant 1957 classic.

Saturday, 3 April, 2021 · 3 Comments

Can’t read the Writing on the Wall: [hieroglyph] world premiere by SF Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Two great companies collab for a show that uses a popular lie to tell a troubling rape narrative.

Saturday, 13 March, 2021 · 2 Comments

Instant Replay: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Online by the SF Ballet

SF Ballet brings back last year’s winning show for a not-quite-perfect online presentation.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

All that Glitters during the Cold: ‘Utopia’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball and ‘Holiday Sauce… PANDEMIC!’

Before Christmas touches town, I look back on two flamboyant shows by Cutting Ball and Taylor Mac.

Saturday, 19 December, 2020 · 1 Comment

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 4 Comments