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Wait for the Album: ‘Animal Wisdom’ online by ACT and Woolly Mammoth

Heather Christian’s acclaimed show about ghostly encounters is an audio wonder brought down by unnecessary visuals.

Sunday, 23 May, 2021 · Leave a comment

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

‘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

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

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

Don’t Steal My Shine: ‘The Light’ online at Shotgun Players

Misogynoir is taken to task in Shotgun’s virtual production of Loy A. Webb’s breezy script.

Monday, 7 December, 2020 · 3 Comments

My “Lost” Express Story: Can The Flight Deck Take Off Once Again?

Stephen Buel still owes me money for this never-published East Bay Express story.

Saturday, 8 August, 2020 · 3 Comments

Design of a Decade: ‘Y2K’ by Killing My Lobster

KML’s first 2020 show is a gut-busting throwback to the final days of the last millennium.

Friday, 21 February, 2020 · Leave a comment