Lloyd Suh - Playwright - The Chinese Lady - Magic Theatre, San Francisco

What’s Happening: ‘Chinese Lady’ to kick off Magic Theatre 2019-2020 season

The Chinese Lady is scheduled to kick off Magic Theatre's 2019-2020 season. Lloyd Suh's play, inspired by a true story, tells the story of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to arrive on American soil. Mina Morita directs. The run is scheduled for October 9 through November 3, 2019.In...

What’s Happening: Kronos Festival at SFJAZZ (Review)

During its 2019-2020 season the SFJAZZ Center will feature more than 400 concerts in its Civic Center location. Included are residencies by such luminaries as Marcus Shelby. Last April the venue hosted the NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert which honored Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman and Dorthaan Kirk.Late...
Review: Beautiful Carole King Musical at SHN Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco

San Francisco Stage: Feel-good Carole King musical hits all the right notes

Leaving the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in a good mood, you won’t even mind the traffic jam outside the theater.
Mamma Mia! cast at San Jose Stage Company - Theater News

What’s Happening: Musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ coming to San Jose Stage Company

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
Beach Blanket Babylon

Theater News: Iconic San Francisco show ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ to close

Unfortunate theater news out of San Francisco this week.The iconic show Beach Blanket Babylon is shutting down after an epic 45-year run.Kitsch. Over the top. Flamboyant. Excessive. Fun.There are any number of ways to describe Beach Blanket Babylon, but no question it's been a hallmark of San Francisco, for...
Broadway Musical Review: Hamilton at SHN Orpheum San Francisco

‘Hamilton’ Review: Founding of country was much more difficult than you were taught

Stark Insider Broadway Review by Jeanne Powell: Hamilton at the SHN Orpheum Theatre San Francisco.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s remarkable Broadway stage musical Hamilton celebrating America’s founding fathers, but especially Alexander Hamilton, is back in San Francisco on its third national tour.The long-running popularity of this ground-breaking history lesson, composed in hip-hop...
Come From Away San Francisco Review

‘Come From Away’: A musical gift to SF audiences

I don’t usually cry throughout a show. At the climactic tragic moment perhaps, but not all the way through. Watching Come From Away (SHN Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco), I had tears streaming down my face for 100 solid minutes. This is the kind of story – and storytelling...
Kim Nalley - Feinstein's at the Nikko - Review

San Francisco In Review: Kim Nalley at the Nikko

This month the amazing Kim Nalley performed her Christmas show in Feinstein’s at the Nikko, and filled the intimate club with musical joy.Feinstein’s nightclub is located in the Nikko Hotel, just off historic Union Square in San Francisco. Founder and cabaret singer Michael Feinstein is an interpreter of the...
Cal Performances - Ibsen's An Enemy of the People Schaubühne, Berlin

Ibsen, with a side of local groupthink

Is truth more important than democracy?In Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a doctor discovers that a spa town’s water source is polluted. He makes enemies as he tries to spread the news, which is sure to hurt the town economy. The attacks make him realize that the problem...
SWEAT Theater Review - ACT San Francisco

Blood, Sweat and Tears at the ACT

The world of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco) is unfamiliar to many coastal theater-goers (certainly to me). It’s a steel town where factory jobs are passed down through the generations. Most people go straight from the factory to the line, where hard work is rewarded with...