Theater and Stage

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San Francisco Playhouse - She Loves Me review

She Loves Me: A rare and romantic holiday musical at SF Playhouse

Every theater company (and symphony and ballet) seems to want to put on a good Christmas show. This results in the predictable November and December line-up of Christmas Carols, Messiahs, and Nutcrackers. Make no mistake—those are excellent works. But it’s nice to see something different. One solution: a world...
Cirque du Soleil Luzia Review - A Waking Dream of Mexico

‘Luzia’ a mind-bending dream from Cirque du Soleil (Review)

Cirque du Soleil’s latest mind-bending creation is Luzia – A Waking Dream of Mexico, currently being performed in the Grand Chapiteau tent behind AT&T Park. The world tour of Luzia kicked off in Montreal in April of this year. The tent is new, elaborate and specially designed for the unique...
Luzia by Cirque du Soleil first look

First Look: ‘Luzia’ a waking dream in Mexico (Video)

In Spanish Luzia means light ("luz") rain ("lluvia"). If you're Cirque du Soleil, it means intricate, poetic, acrobatic art. In this "waking dream" light quenches the spirit and rain soothes the soul. According to organizers Cirque's new, visually stunning show will feature "a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, Luzia...
Buyi Zama - The Lion King Video of Rafiki backstage

‘The Lion King’ a night to remember in San Francisco

Disney's iconic musical continues to entertain.
The Hard Problem Review - San Francisco A.C.T.

Stoppard’s ‘The Hard Problem’ has problems

Tom Stoppard, one of the most acclaimed living playwrights, jokes about being “the house playwright” for the American Conservatory Theater. Program notes inform me that he is second only to Shakespeare in number of productions mounted here (17 to Shakespeare’s 21). Stoppard’s fame is rightly deserved, and we’re lucky...
Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu Review and Video

‘The Natives are Restless’ a stirring visit to Hawai’ian culture

Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu showcases the latest developments in hula dance and Hawai’ian political activism.
Common - Review at Masonic, San Francisco

Common at the Masonic: A Fundraiser for Black Girls Code (Review)

Kimberly Bryant, who founded Black Girls Code (BGC) in 2011, has a vision – to increase the number of women of color in the digital world by empowering girls of color to become innovators in STEM fields through exposure to computer science and technology. To that end the nonprofit...
Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera

Why bother having a revolution?: Andrea Chénier at San Francisco Opera

You can’t help leaving this Andrea Chénier admiring what a good job San Francisco Opera has done with a tricky piece.
Dear Master - Aurora Theatre Company Review

Literary Lives in Letters at Aurora Theatre

'Dear Master' made me want to pick up another George Sand novel. I think I’ll go do just that.
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BTS Ringling with Loni Stark: ‘Out of this World’ (Video)

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.