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On Location: ‘Oedipus el Rey’ at Magic Theatre, San Francisco

https://vimeo.com/9338248 Do you believe in destiny? In Oedipus el Rey, now playing at Magic Theatre, Oedipus tempts the Gods in an effort to alter fate and rule the land. Sophocles’ ancient tale has been re-imaged with grand results (review). The buzz is strong on this one, and every single review...

The mural inspired by Alfaro’s ‘Oedipus el Rey’ by artists Canby and Knox

The seating arrangement at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco was not the only thing that was changed for the world premiere of Luis Alfaro's Oedipus el Rey. Upon entering the theater this past weekend, I was immersed in a mural inspired by the reimagined classic of a man...

Theater Review: Alfaro unleashes the full poignancy of ‘Oedipus el Rey’ at Magic’s World Premiere

Sophocles' Greek tragic tale of Oedipus, a man who dared believe he could steer his own fate against the curses of the Gods, has seeped into many literary works since it was first performed c. 429 BC. The timeless themes of fate and love are constructed in such a...

An Important Update from Magic Theatre

Dear Friends, We are still here! And it's been a very tough -- yet artistically thrilling -- year at Magic. With your overwhelmingly generous support, we survived last December’s financial crisis.  In March, we staged the world premiere of emerging playwright Lloyd Suh's American Hwangap, which is featured on the cover of this...

Theresa Rebeck is back, December 7 Magic Theatre

Don’t miss this intimate evening with a master writer! Pulitzer Prize Nominated and Emmy Award winning Theresa Rebeck will join us in San Francisco to dish up juicy conversation about working in theatre, television, and film. An engaging and spirited speaker with a unique perspective on the...

‘Mrs. Whitney’ delights with humor while devulging love’s desperation

This past Friday, I attended a John Kolvenbach marathon at Magic Theatre—a double dose of comedy and heartbreak starting with Goldfish and concluding with Mrs. Whitney. I had seen the Bay Area Premiere of Goldfish previously, (review) but decided I wanted to experience the entire pacing and flow across both...

Opening this week: Spring Awakening (Broadway San Jose), November (ACT), Bald Soprano (Cutting Ball), Mrs. Whitney (Magic)

Quick update for all you fans of great theater and musicals! The hits keep coming. Four shows open this week in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, we have November, a political satire by David Mamet. Apparently it would make "even a Glengarry...

‘Goldfish’ review, ‘Groundswell’ opens Friday

It's been a busy week for Bay Area theater. Last weekend we saw three good shows: 'The Glass Menagerie' (review) at the scenic Coastal Repertory Theatre, 'The Chosen' (review) at TheatreWorks, and 'Goldfish' (review) at Magic Theatre. All were strong, which, again, bodes well for us fans of theater and...

Theater review: ‘Goldfish’ West Coast premiere at Magic Theatre

The Bay Area Premiere of "Goldfish" is a gritty and heart wrenching study by playwright John Kolvenbach into the bonds that unite us as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters and what happens when change threatens them. Leo (Rod Gnapp) is the father to a loving teenage son, Albert (Andrew Pastides)....

In search of Goldfish and Blue Angels

Clint and Loni fight 101 traffic on way to San Francisco in search of Goldfish and Blue Angels, run into 49ers. https://vimeo.com/7037909