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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

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

In Step with the Spectrum: Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ (online) at the SF Ballet

The company shot a new segment to round out their delightful production Balanchine’s colorful triptych.

Wednesday, 7 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

Instant Replay: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Online by the SF Ballet

SF Ballet brings back last year’s winning show for a not-quite-perfect online presentation.

Saturday, 30 January, 2021 · Leave a comment

And ‘On’ and ‘On’ it Goes: ACT’s ‘A Christmas Carol: On Air’ and SF Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Online’

Not even a global pandemic can stop the ACT and SF Ballet from bringing their annual holiday productions to the world.

Tuesday, 8 December, 2020 · 4 Comments

Belated Black Baseball Play Review: ‘Toni Stone’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

My very-late, but still-relevant review of the ACT’s show about this unsung heroine of baseball history.

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 · 1 Comment

What Dances shall We have: Mendelssohn’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at SF Ballet

SF Ballet’s gorgeous remount ‘Midsummer’ only lasted one night, which somehow seems appropriate.

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020 · 2 Comments

‘Clash’-ing Lights and Civil Rights: Culture Clash ‘(Still) in America’ World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

The Latin trio return to the Berkeley Rep with their latest entertaining document of our country’s kookiest characters.

Thursday, 5 March, 2020 · 1 Comment