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Salvation at last: ‘Kill Move Paradise’ at Shotgun

Shotgun delivers one of the year’s best shows with James Ijames’ meditation on Black lives ended too soon.

Saturday, 13 July, 2019 · 5 Comments

Haunted Hearth: ‘In Old Age’ World Premiere at The Magic

Mfoniso Udiofia’s multi-play saga takes an oddly supernatural turn in this new chapter by The Magic.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

With Attitude: ‘Nigga-Roo’ at The EXIT

Dazié Grego-Sykes’ incendiary Fringe solo show gets a full staging (such as it is) at EXIT Stage Left.

Thursday, 11 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Belated Black History Month Double-Feature: ‘The Last Sermon of Sister Imani’ by TheatreF1rst and ‘Her Portmanteau’ at ACT

In which I catch up with two brand new Bay Area shows based exclusively around Black women.

Monday, 11 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

A Less-Perfect Union: ‘Sweat’ at the ACT

Awkward tonal shifts and a jagged narrative sink this winner of the 2015 Pulitzer.

Thursday, 4 October, 2018 · Leave a comment

Not quite Detroit’s Finest: ‘Detroit ‘67’ Bay Area Premiere at Aurora Theatre

One of the most volatile events in US history is the backdrop for an ultimately toothless story at the Aurora.

Saturday, 8 September, 2018 · 2 Comments

Drowning in White Tears: ‘White’ at Shotgun Players

Shotgun hosts the West Coast premiere of James Ijames’ scathing satire of White privilege in art.

Sunday, 15 July, 2018 · 3 Comments

Missed its Stop: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Ubuntu Theater

Ubuntu’s attempt to deconstruct Tennessee Williams’ classic paradoxically reveals how little they understand of the material.

Monday, 5 February, 2018 · 2 Comments

Pillar of Salt: Looking back at the Best and Worst of 2017

Sorry, Frank – it was NOT “a very good year”.

Still, there were bright spots to be found.

Saturday, 13 January, 2018 · Leave a comment

New World, Same Problems: ‘New World Disorder’ at Gritty City Rep

Bold acting choices, creative set design, and an intriguing-if-uneven script make for an interesting show by Gritty City Rep.

Thursday, 14 December, 2017 · 2 Comments