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Comfortably Numb: ‘Ways to Leave a Body’ world premiere at Cutting Ball

Cutting Ball starts off the new decade with two one-act dreams about women whose bodies aren’t theirs.

Monday, 27 January, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sleaze Company: ‘PolySHAMory’ at The Marsh – SF

Kate Robards’ latest is a show about marriage and sex that – wouldn’tcha know it? – finishes too soon.

Monday, 13 January, 2020 · Leave a comment

Not the Worst Witch: ‘Becky Nurse of Salem’ World Premiere at the Berkeley Rep

The second Witch Trial play I’ve seen in a week is an imperfect misfire for Sarah Ruhl and the Rep.

Friday, 20 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Virtual Insanity: ‘An Invitation Out’ West Coast Premiere by Quantum Dragon

An overlong, clichéd script is saved by great direction, a super cast, and eye-popping creative choices.

Thursday, 19 December, 2019 · 1 Comment

The Witch is Back: ‘Vinegar Tom’ West Coast Premiere at Shotgun

Ariel Craft is at the helm of Shotgun’s nearly-perfect remount of the Feminist take on ‘The Crucible’.

Tuesday, 17 December, 2019 · 2 Comments

Still en Pointe: ‘The Nutcracker’ 75th Anniversary by the SF Ballet

A San Francisco tradition celebrates its distinction as the first-ever American production of ‘The Nutcracker’.

Monday, 16 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Freezing Our Balls Off: ‘Snowed In’ by Killing My Lobster

An impossible SF snowstorm provides the setting for KML’s latest holiday sketch set.

Saturday, 7 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Still some Magic Left: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ San Francisco at The Curran

The story of The Boy Who Lived continues in an entertainingly bombastic production at the Curran.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · 2 Comments

Not the Worst ‘Day’ Ever: ‘Groundhog Day: The Musical’ West Coast premiere at SF Playhouse

Tim Minchin amps up the darkness of the classic film in SF Playhouse’s (mostly) well-organized production.

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 · Leave a comment

Better off Broken: ‘Bull in a China Shop’ Bay Area Premiere at Aurora Theatre

Aurora’s final 2019 is a winning dramatic-comedy set during the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Monday, 18 November, 2019 · 1 Comment