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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Review: Musical version of ‘Mean Girls’ isn’t mean enough by Lily Janiak

Musical theater's tools only deaden the show, an adaptation of the 2004 movie written by Tina Fey.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:06PM
Wednesday, February 1, 2023

If you haven’t put Oakland Theater Project on your arts agenda yet, you’re missing out by Lily Janiak

Co-founder Michael Socrates Moran is making his playwriting debut with the company, with "Exodus to Eden."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, January 26, 2023

Review: A perfect sandwich is a religious experience in ‘Clyde’s’ at Berkeley Rep by Lily Janiak

In Lynn Nottage's comedy, a sandwich shop is a kind of purgatory, a prison after workers get out of prison.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:08PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2023

PianoFight to shutter S.F. and Oakland venues in latest blow to Bay Area theater by Lily Janiak

Since opening in 2014, the Tenderloin space has been more than just a venue. As a gathering place, it was a destination.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:00PM
Monday, January 23, 2023

Introducing the ‘Muskologue’: Some of Elon Musk’s most outlandish tweets — turned into theater by Cassidy Brown and Lily Janiak

Elon Musk's Twitter feed is absurdist theater, so we hired a local actor to perform it as a monologue.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, January 22, 2023

Review: At Passover-themed ‘In Every Generation,’ pass the philosophy, hold the showdowns by Lily Janiak

TheatreWorks' West Coast premiere churns out confrontations and revelations as if they're on a runaway conveyor belt.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:15PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023

S.F. Neo-Futurists move into 447 Minna amid changing downtown theater landscape by Lily Janiak

The contrast between fancy digs and scrappy art epitomizes what 447 Minna, which is owned by CAST, is all about.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:08PM
Thursday, January 12, 2023

Review: ‘Ennio’ at Club Fugazi affirms the ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ vibe should be obsolete by Lily Janiak

"Ennio," which uses costumes made out of paper, doesn't even succeed at being fun.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:00PM
Tuesday, January 3, 2023

‘There was a moat’: Underground S.F. venues bail out from one flood, prepare for next by Lily Janiak

In wet times at underground Bay Area performance spaces, the outside world doesn't always stay outside.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 08:24PM

Is theater’s traditional role of artistic director becoming obsolete? by Lily Janiak

Marin Shakespeare Company might exemplify a broader shift in attitude about theater leader jobs.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Sarita Ocón of Oakland is an actor with a mission — literally by Lily Janiak

"When I say no, I'm also saying yes to what is truly meant for me. I'm saying yes to who I am as a maker," Sarita Ocón said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

Women rule in premier Bay Area theater picks for 2023 by Lily Janiak

Oakland Theater Project, Shotgun Players and American Conservatory Theater are among the must-see theaters in 2023.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, December 22, 2022

S.F. theater attendance is still down. Here’s how bad it is, and why by Lily Janiak

"It's not sustainable," said Rob Ready of PianoFight, where attendance and bar sales are down 65% compared to 2019.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2022

These 2022 shows helped make the Bay Area a top U.S. destination for theater by Lily Janiak

Despite mammoth griefs, local theater made thrilling art this year, a testament to our artists' mettle, inventiveness and flair.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, December 17, 2022

‘A Christmas Carol’ was her last show before she died. Now her husband performs without her by Lily Janiak

Center Repertory Company made a cast- and crew-wide effort to ensure that Wendy Wisely could go onstage one last time.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, December 15, 2022

Review: Maybe if we don’t say his name three times, ‘Beetlejuice’ will go away by Lily Janiak

The musical commits the cardinal sin of misreading and thus omitting what makes its source material great.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:41PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022

New company brings ancient aesthetics, modern twist in Kunoichi Productions’ ‘Never Mind’ by Lily Janiak

Irene (Anne Yumi Kobori) hears from a ghost words all bohemian youths dread hearing from their ancestors: "Go. Get. A. Job."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:20PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Review: In Stanford Live’s latest, organs melt, bulls disgorge humans and light builds a cathedral by Lily Janiak

Amid all the organ harvesting and groin juice licking, Dimitris Papaioannou also creates moments of levity.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:31PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Holiday pantos are distinctly British. This S.F. theater is trying to translate for U.S. audiences by Lily Janiak

Presidio Theatre's "Sleeping Beauty" looks to make participatory theater fun for an American audience.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

You won’t get shushed by ushers at two popular holiday shows in S.F. — here’s why by Lily Janiak

At "A Christmas Carol" and "Nutcracker," neurodiverse audience members can make whatever noises they want or need to.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

‘The Book of Mormon,’ ‘Pretty Woman,’ ‘Les Misérables,’ and ‘Into the Woods’ among shows coming to S.F. in 2023 by Lily Janiak

"Into the Woods" is the first major show in the Curran since "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" departed in September.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 05:45PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

TheatreWorks’ ‘Little Shop,’ set in S.F.’s Chinatown, reveals exciting possibilities for musical theater by Lily Janiak

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley suggests just how many more shadings, facets and worlds the musical theater canon still has to show us.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:59PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Review: ‘Shoshana in December’ is a breathtaking S.F. holiday show without the cliches by Lily Janiak

Custom Made and FaultLine Theater's co-production is perfect for fans of homegrown theater who tire of the same old holiday fare.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:16PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Review: ‘Two Trains Running’ is for fans of meaty, chewy American drama by Lily Janiak

In August Wilson's play, it makes sense to put all your faith in the lotto, even when you know the game is rigged.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:42PM
Friday, November 25, 2022

Technology in S.F.’s ‘Frozen’ reduces musicians in live performances, but at what cost to audiences? by Lily Janiak and Joshua Kosman

KeyComp could make it possible for a single synthesizer player to replicate the sound of a large orchestra with unprecedented flexibility.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

It’s finally Oakland director Dawn Monique Williams’ moment, and it’s about time by Lily Janiak

At a recent "Two Trains Running" rehearsal at Marin Theatre Company, director Dawn Monique Williams led with conspiratorial joy.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Another Bay Area theater artistic director is exiting after 17 years at the helm. Here’s why by Lily Janiak

Marin Theatre Company's artistic director departs at a time when many are questioning whether the demands of theater leadership are worth the rewards.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:30PM
Monday, November 21, 2022

Review: ‘Frozen’ at BroadwaySF shows how Disney magic thrives with kids and adults by Lily Janiak

If you grew up on Disney princesses whose narrative arcs drove unswervingly toward heterosexual marriage, "Frozen" opens refreshing possibilities.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:45PM

Oakland Theater Project’s been doing dramas for 10 years. In 2023, it will finally try comedy by Lily Janiak

The small theater led by Michael Socrates Moran and William Hodgson is consistently one of the most vital and exciting in the Bay Area.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

In City Lights’ ‘Thanksgiving Play,’ our national origin story is on the chopping block by Lily Janiak

Next spring, Larissa FastHorse's script will be the first play by a Native American woman on Broadway.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:09PM
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Bay Area 2022 holiday theater accentuates what’s local by Lily Janiak

Custom Made Theatre Company, FaultLine Theater and African-American Shakespeare Company are among 2022's seasonal standouts.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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