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Tag Archives: children’s theatre

Tale of the None-Too-Tall: ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ Musical at Berkeley Rep

The beloved children’s book makes for a creative (if wildly uneven) musical from PigPen.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

‘The Tempest’ on a Trapeze: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’ in San Francisco

The Bard’s “stormy” story is the basis for Cirque du Soleil’s latest grand spectacle.

Sunday, 10 November, 2019 · 1 Comment

Little People on Big Adventures: ‘Judy Moody’ and ‘Inside Out & Back Again’ at BACT

Bay Area Children’s Theatre scores two wins in its current adaptations: one a goofy comedy, the other a gripping drama.

Thursday, 24 May, 2018 · 3 Comments

Quick Theatre Catch-up: ‘Birthday Party’ at ACT, ‘Beautiful Oops!’ by BACT, and ‘A Fatal Step’ at The Marsh

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.

Tuesday, 30 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

Same old ‘Story’: ‘A Christmas Story – The Musical’ at SF Playhouse

A languid pace and over-familiarity drag down SF Playhouse’s production of the Broadway musical.

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 · Leave a comment

In the Swing of Things: Disney’s ‘Tarzan the Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse pulls out all the stops for Disney’s version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous character.

Friday, 28 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

Youth Theatre Double-Feature: ‘Macbeth’ at Gritty City Rep and ‘Fly Guy’ at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

A Caribbean take on Shakespeare and an adorable adaptation of a children’s book made for an interesting weekend of theatre.

Monday, 22 May, 2017 · 1 Comment