Cy Ashley Webb

Cy spent the ‘80’s as a bench scientist, the tech boom doing intellectual property law, and the first decade of the millennium, aspiring to be the world’s oldest grad student at Stanford where she is interested in political martyrdom. Presently, she enjoys writing for Stark Insider and the SF Examiner, hanging out at Palo Alto Children's Theatre, and participating in various political activities. Democracy is not a spectator sport! Cy is a SFBATCC member.
An Act of God San Francisco Review

An apocalyptic ‘Act of God’ visits SHN Golden Gate (The Almighty Review)

Actor-comedian Sean Hayes delivers a swishy cross between Bill Buckley and Oprah.
Echo Brown - Black Virgins Are Not For Hipsters

Realer than Real: Echo Brown and ‘Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters’

When she talks about how racist the Bay Area is, compared to NYC or Cleveland, her observation seems perfectly aligned with the Bay Area’s glacial coolness and assumed superiority that goes with occupying this stunning bit of heaven.
The How and the Why - Aurora Theater, Berkeley

‘The How and the Why’ at Berkeley Aurora

Grad student Rachel, played by Martha Brigham, is such a study in insecurity that you want to take her offstage, and give her a Xanax.
Second Time Around - The Marsh San Francisco

This Time with Heart: Second Time Around

Jeanrenaud's cello dances around the emotional tones, fleshing out color and nuance that Rosenau never fully articulates.
The Realistic Joneses - Theater Review

Unwrapping ‘The Realistic Joneses’

The underlying tension plays against the duration of the play even more than it plays between characters. We wait for coherency like we wait for Godot.
Tokyo Fish Story - Review

Zen Knives and an Old Man’s Dreams: ‘Toyko Fish Story’ (Review)

This isn’t strip mall sushi, but sushi-as-art form, sushi-as-meditation. This is sushi like the sushi prepared by famed chef Toshio Sakuma, former owner of Steve Jobs’ favorite restaurant and mystical Apple chef.
Hair - Bay Area Musicals Review

Mystic Crystal Revelations: Hair

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.
She Loves Me - Foothill Musical Theatre

Poised between two worlds in ‘She Loves Me’

This Jerry Bock (music) and Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) 1963 musical looks forward as well. The new energy is palpable, but it’s not all there yet.
Andrew Basso - The Escapologist

At the Orpheum: The Illusionists (Review)

The Orpheum has a history of big lunacy, undoubtedly bearing psychedelic traces that permanently alter the chemistry of the ceiling ornaments so that 'The Illusionists' fit right, in ways that just don’t work in a San Jose venue.
Valley of the Heart - Review

Valley of the Heart: What is this Promised Land, this California? (Review)

Valley of the Heart is that big: an epic multi-generational story, larger in scope than the Grapes of Wrath, and worth every one of the 180 minutes making up its run time.