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Romance is Dread: ‘Elevada’ at Shotgun Players

A good cast can only do so much of this “satire” of rom-coms that supports their worst tropes.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Gayest ‘Show’ on Earth: ‘Rocky Horror’ Farewell Tour at Ray of Light Theatre

Ray of Light stages an appropriately loud and lusty production for their final run of the cult classic.

Monday, 28 October, 2019 · 3 Comments

Loud AND Ladylike: ‘The Daughters’ World Premiere (Sandbox Series) by SF Playhouse

The changing face of SF’s Lesbian community is wonderfully realized in this Sandbox world premiere.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · 2 Comments

Fine China Doll: ‘The Chinese Lady’ Bay Area premiere at The Magic

The US may have forgotten its first Chinese immigrant, but her tale is beautifully told by the Magic Theatre.

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 · Leave a comment

Super ‘Model’: ‘Model Minority Report’ by Killing My Lobster

Asian stereotypes get skewered in this hilarious new show by an all-Asian crew at KML.

Monday, 30 September, 2019 · 3 Comments

Watch that Scene: ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

The Berkeley Playhouse has a rousing good time staging the audience-favorite ABBA musical.

Monday, 30 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

We All Fall Down: ‘Free for All’ World Premiere at Cutting Ball

Megan Cohen turns ‘Miss Julie’ into a pre-apocalyptic farce of class warfare and fine dining.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 · 4 Comments

Dark Skin Don’t Bruise: ‘Inked Baby’ Bay Area Premiere by Crowded Fire Theater

Christina Anderson’s examination of Black bodily autonomy is wonderfully realized by Crowded Fire.

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 · 2 Comments

‘Change’ gon’ Come: ‘Caroline, or Change’ at Ray of Light

Tony Kushner’s critically-acclaimed musical gets worthy staging by Ray of Light.

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019 · Leave a comment

School’s Out Forever: ‘Exit Strategy’ Bay Area premiere at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s new season opens with an emotional new piece that only occasionally feels off.

Thursday, 12 September, 2019 · 1 Comment