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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 · Leave a comment

Don’t You think You’re Falling: ‘Gloria’ West Coast Premiere at ACT

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins leans too heavily cliches of “the death (wink, wink) of print” in his latest show at the ACT.

Thursday, 27 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

My Kingdom for Cliff’s Notes: ‘Gatz’ West Coast premiere at Berkeley Rep

The famous staged reading of the entire ‘Great Gatsby’ is nothing more than a flickering green light.

Friday, 14 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Pain Ends with Death: ‘The Children’ West Coast premiere at the Aurora

Top-notch acting and direction opens Aurora’s 2020 with a well-written play that doesn’t stick the landing.

Friday, 7 February, 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 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