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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...
Watch on the Rhine - Berkeley Repertory Theatre - Review

Fighting fascism at Berkeley Rep: ‘Watch on the Rhine’ (Review)

Lead photo: (front row, l to r) Jonah Horowitz (Bodo Muller), Emma Curtin (Babette Muller), and Elijah Alexander (Kurt Muller); (back row, l to r) Sarah Agnew (Sara Muller) and Silas Sellnow (Joshua Muller) in Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine at Berkeley Rep. It makes sense that Lillian Hellman’s 1941...
Review: Seal at San Francisco Symphony

In Review: Seal performs with SF Symphony, receives thunderous standing ovation

The enthusiastic San Francisco audience went “crazy” with excitement.
The Lion in Winter - Custom Made Theatre San Francisco Review

A campy Christmas at the Custom Made Theatre Company

The Lion in Winter is a family drama with stakes that make Lear look like a petty squabble. It’s 1183, and King Henry II of England rules a good chunk of Europe. His three sons all want the crown—and the hand of Alais, the French princess who is their...
The Eva Trilogy Review - Magic Theatre, San Francisco

A new Irish epic at Magic Theatre

Multi-part epics are always intimidating. They’re a big commitment to make in advance, and there’s a sense of failure if you don’t see them through. No one wants to be the quitter who only saw Voyage (in Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia) or Das Rheingold (in Wagner’s Ring cycle)....

A French call to #resist

It’s been less than a year since the U.S. election, and theatergoers are surely already tired of plays that tackle authoritarianism. While Camus’ State of Siege (presented by Cal Performances and performed by the touring French company Théâtre de la Ville) fits into that category, it’s different enough not...
Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit - Review

A very funny rabbi(t) at Berkeley Rep

Have you ever confused a rabbi with a rabbit? Me, neither, but it seems like a plausible mistake in Daniel Handler’s new play Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, at Berkeley Rep. Daniel Handler (best known by his young adult fiction pen name,...