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Comedia y Muerto in The Mission: ‘Death and The Artist’ by BATCO

The Uruguayan play gets a loud – if uneven – adaptation by SF’s own BATCO.

Thursday, 7 November, 2019 · Leave a comment

Life is a Circus: ‘Pippin’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz’s musical fantasia gets a rousing production at the Playhouse.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

Those Old Familiar Steps: ‘West Side Story’ at Berkeley Playhouse

One of the most beloved shows of all time gets a rousing production at the Berkeley Playhouse.

Sunday, 10 March, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sock-Hopped: ‘Grease’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Electric choreography from the Berkeley Playhouse can’t quite save this revival of the popular musical.

Sunday, 1 July, 2018 · 2 Comments

Of ‘Rags’ and Richies: ‘Ragtime’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Though the script is over-packed with characters, the combination of great direction, performances, and tech make this another winner for Berkeley Playhouse.

Friday, 23 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Worth the ‘Risk’: ‘Still at Risk’ World Premiere at NCTC

New Conservatory’s world premiere is a touching story about looking at the AIDS crisis a generation after its worst period.

Monday, 5 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

Distant Relation: ‘Sister Act: The Musical’ at Berkeley Playhouse

Although the script veers into cliched (if not racist) territory, strong performances and lavish set design save Berkeley Playhouse’s production.

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 · Leave a comment