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Theater Review: Timon of Athens at Cutting Ball, San Francisco

Shakespeare’s obscure ‘Timon’ sears at Cutting Ball

Shakespeare completionists surely took note when Cutting Ball Theater announced Timon of Athens as part of their 2017–18 season. It’s a difficult one to check off your see-them-all list: a few dozen Hamlets and Macbeths get produced for every time someone is brave enough to mount this “problem play.”...
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Berkeley Rep Announces 2018-19 Season: Doll’s House Pt. 2, Fairview, Home, Good Book, more

Iconic theater celebrates 50th anniversary with 6 shows under Tonny Taccone's last year of artistic directorship.
The Effect at San Francisco Playhouse

The Effect‘s side effects: laughter and angst

How can we trust in love if it’s reducible to brain chemistry?
Vietgone Review - ACT Strand San Francisco

Romance, rap and a road trip for refugees of Vietgone

Ilana Walder-Biesanz reviews Vietgone, American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) latest production, now playing at The Strand in San Francisco. Humor is not what you’d expect from a play about the Vietnam War, but Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone consistently had the whole audience in stitches. Inspired by his own family history (“Any resemblance...
Theater Review: WIDOWERS' HOUSES at Aurora, Berkeley

A nineteenth-century housing crisis at Aurora Theatre

Widowers’ Houses is, by Shaw’s own categorization, a “play unpleasant.” No one on the stage is remotely likeable. Certainly not Blanche (Megan Trout), the spoiled young lady with a temper so violent that she beats her maid. Her on-and-off fiancé Trench (Dan Hoyle) is perpetually slack-jawed, a Bertie Wooster without...
Reel to Reel at Magic Theatre, San Francisco

Magic’s ‘Reel to Reel’ an engaging exploration of sound and memory (Review)

Chances are many of your favorite childhood memories are triggered by a certain smell or sound. In my case, like Mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies, perfect for a stormy winter night in Ottawa. Or, my grandfather filling the night sky in the backyard with a whimsical solo on his...
Custom Made Theatre Review - Man of La Mancha

Fighting Windmills at Custom Made Theatre

In Review: Man of La Mancha at Custom Made Theatre Co., San Francisco. Don Quixote has no shortage of adaptations – cinematic, balletic, theatrical, and operatic – and all draw on different aspects of Cervantes’ famous novel. The 1964 musical Man of La Mancha shows Cervantes awaiting trial by the...
Exit Theatre Fog City Magic Fest San Francisco

San Francisco: EXIT Theatre’s annual Fog City Magic Fest returns

Fans of magic, get ready for some of San Francisco's best. EXIT Theatre has announced its annual Fog City Magic Fest will run January 24-27, 2018. Festival co-founder Jay Alexander (The Marrakech Magic Theater) kicks things off with a performance at the opening night gala on Wednesday, January 24. Magicians and stars...
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‘Luzia’ by Cirque du Soleil opens at Dodger Stadium, L.A. (BTS Video)

“A fun weeknight out @cirquedusoleil with the kiddos and my parents  🏟 #LUZIA" Cirque du Soleil's new show Luzia – A Waking Dream of Mexico apparently has Jessica Alba's seal of approval. The actress and model Heidi Klum attended the Los Angeles premiere at Dodger Stadium, and were spotted earlier on the red carpet....
A Christmas Carol Review - San Francisco American Conservatory Theater

‘A Christmas Carol’ at A.C.T. proves once again a wonderful family tradition (Review)

The Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns as American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) presents the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Now in its 41st year at A.C.T., A Christmas Carol welcomes the return of James Carpenter as Ebenezer Scrooge and Ken Ruta as the ghost of Jacob Marley. Last weekend...