The idea of “better living through chemistry” results in an imperfect SF Playhouse show and an excellent Aurora show.
Bay Area Children’s Theatre scores two wins in its current adaptations: one a goofy comedy, the other a gripping drama.
A feminist manifesto play and a gender-swapped submarine drama make for two bold (if uneven) evenings of female-driven theatre.
Berkeley Rep veteran Julia Cho returns with a school shooting drama that’s both impotent and exploitative.
Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.
A weak male lead and odd directorial choices work against Aurora’s take on this George Bernard Shaw classic.
A frustrating Pinter classic, an adorable children’s tale, and a sexy noir solo show made for a week of theatre only the Bay Area could provide.
Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.
Still, there were bright spots to be found.
The abundant flaws of Hellman’s script are made all the more apparent in Berkeley Rep’s production.
Sarah Kane’s notorious first play is still as gut-wrenching in Shotgun’s production as it was when it premiered 20+ years ago.