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.
The Nether - San Francisco Playhouse Review

The Nether is a 90 minute heart-in-mouth experience

Instead of a futuristic netherland, this Jennifer Haley play feels like a virtual Second Life crossed with regions of the dark web, with forays down the Silk Road. If that makes you squeamish, the San Francisco Playhouse production of 'The Nether' hits the mark.
The Wizard of Oz

Lions, tigers, bears, and men lurking behind curtains

Not only does the script retain dialogue essential to the spirit of the thing, it's iconic moments give you the same hit as the original, with Arron Fried’s delectable Cowardly Lion infused with concentrated essence of Bert Lahr.
Jersey Boys - San Francisco Review

‘Jersey Boys’ and those Jersey contradictions

“Jersey Boys” gets that part right – gets part of that whole New Jersey thing - in a way that seems unimaginable. Wow… New Jersey. Shudder and Shake.
Satchmo at The Waldorf

What a Wonderful World! ‘Satchmo at the Waldorf’ (Review)

Looking at the cultural cradle that these greats rock out of, we reconstitute ourselves again, not as polarized ions, clinging to one positive or negative charge, but as whole people.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Lucky Us: ‘Irving Berlin’ at TheatreWorks (Review)

Every move of Felder’s seems carefully calibrated to a degree that would be stagey on a lesser actor. Here, however, it gives rise to a delightful particularity that reveals his respect for his subject and his audience
Smuin Christmas Ballet - Review

Smuin’s ‘Christmas Ballet’ mixes classic and kitsch

Those who follow dance have known all along, but Smuin Ballet offers up an alternative to seasonal entertainment. This might be especially appealing if you’ve OD-ed on Nutcrackers, Messiahs, and Scrooges. Smuin’s two act “Christmas Ballet” celebrates its 21st anniversary on Bay Area stages. Act I, dubbed “Classical Christmas,” presents 14 short...
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

BAM!’s inaugural season opens with 1961 Tony winner 'How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying' at Marine’s Memorial Theatre
Riverdance - Anna Livia - Review

Still Working Magic: Riverdance (Review)

The phenomenal power generated by these dancers executing precisely articulated steps so rapidly that their lower limbs and feet blur is intensified all the more because, as with most Irish dances of this style, the upper torso remains absolutely still.
Stage Kiss - San Francisco Playhouse Review

Stage Kiss at SF Playhouse: When the ghost light goes out (Review)

You don’t have to be familiar with yelling, “Where’s the duck tape? Where’s the Stage Manager?” or even have pondered how good actors can have sex with bad actors to delight in this well-paced wonder.
Cavalia Odysseo - Review

‘Odysseo’ by Cavalia: Magic on horseback (Review)

The daunting power behind even one of these animals galloping across stage leaves you breathless, even before humans engage them in Roman and western trick riding.