All stories by Lily Janiak on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The nation’s oldest park ranger is also a singer-songwriter, and now she has a musical by Lily Janiak

“Every single word of every single song I’ve ever written is right in my mind,” said Betty Reid Soskin, 100.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 09:18PM

Review: New circus show ‘Dear San Francisco’ is love letter to city and the human body by Lily Janiak

When performers land, with a boom or a plop, the reverberation sometimes ripples all the way to your seat.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:38PM
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Bay Area theater artists who called out discrimination find that as some doors close, others open by Lily Janiak

Some whistle-blowers have only seen their opportunities grow, suggesting that the industry’s power balance is shifting.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, October 10, 2021

Review: In ‘Lizard Boy,’ comic books, reptiles, Grindr open new TheatreWorks chapter by Lily Janiak

Aren't we all just hoping to bungle our way from awkward dating app convos to true love amid a looming apocalypse?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:16PM
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

New leader, new lobby, no more assumptions in Sean San José’s Magic Theatre by Lily Janiak

Already Sean San José's generosity as the the ultimate host is reshaping the legendary San Francisco theater company.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 10:30PM
Friday, October 1, 2021

‘Hamilton’ in San Jose unveils $10 #Ham4Ham lottery by Lily Janiak

Lucky audiences can see the musical juggernaut for just $10 — the bill denomination honoring the show's subject.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:31PM

Review: ‘Diana: The Musical’ removes the gossamer around Princess Di by Lily Janiak

The pre-Broadway Netflix release marks an exciting model for those of us who don’t regularly make it to New York to theater.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:01AM
Wednesday, September 29, 2021

A Facebook group got two shows canceled. Here’s what that means for Bay Area theater by Lily Janiak

"I don’t need to be told I’m a white supremacist," an outgoing moderator said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

All-white ‘Into the Woods’ in Bay Area canceled amid evolving norms in casting and race by Lily Janiak

An all-white cast might have been less of an issue in a show with fewer roles. Or one that's not about fairy tale characters.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

New show ‘Dear San Francisco’ opens at a turning point for circus as art form by Lily Janiak

Industry changes create an opportunity for the smaller circus companies in the Bay Area to redefine the art form.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, September 18, 2021

Review: Gentrifiers get deliciously gory comeuppance in Crowded Fire’s ‘The Displaced’ by Lily Janiak

Isaac Gomez's horror revenge comedy complicates stereotyped images of gentrification and privilege.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:38PM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Susan Harloe to depart Word for Word in October by Lily Janiak

Co-Artistic Director JoAnne Winter plans to continue at the organization's helm.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:43PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

An abortion play with a happy ending helps a sometime Texan parse the state’s new law and her own past by Lily Janiak

Michelle Carter’s ‘How to Pray’ rejects abortion storytelling cliches.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Review: Shakespeare gets his freak on in Cal Shakes’ ‘Winter’s Tale’ by Lily Janiak

Eric Ting's production leans into Shakespeare's weirdness with uncommon commitment and imagination.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:43PM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Afraid, grief-stricken, confused? Bay Area fall theater hears you by Lily Janiak

To see this season's shows, you can explore in the woods, return to a beloved playhouse or stream from home.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Review: On 9/11 anniversary, ‘Come From Away’ still a beacon of hope by Lily Janiak

To see "Come From Away" onscreen now is to see a path to mercy and compassion off in the distance.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:22PM
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

New Actors’ Equity Association policy shows how much society fails Bay Area actors by Lily Janiak

Open Access came after a year of what many describe as the union's slow or insufficient adaptation to the pandemic.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, August 26, 2021

These S.F. artists got city funding that was redirected from the police by Lily Janiak

The Dream Keeper Initiative models a potentially radical way to support arts companies such as SFBATCO.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

Review: 13th Floor’s ‘Assemblage of Monsters’ is the in-person theater you’ve been missing by Lily Janiak

The Old Mint has been a frequent home to immersive theater, but 13th Floor makes the site seem custom-built.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 06:46PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

A restaurant critic and a theater critic walk into a belly-dancing show by Soleil Ho and Lily Janiak

Berber, a North African restaurant in Russian Hill, hosts a weekend circus dinner show. Two Chronicle critics wrote a play about it.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

‘Hamilton’ fans on COVID safety at the Orpheum’s reopening: ‘You still have to live your life’ by Lily Janiak

Many patrons told The Chronicle they felt safe attending the Orpheum's "Hamilton" show on Tuesday, Aug. 10, marking the San Francisco theater's reopening.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:13PM

Berkeley Rep delays reopening amid a fresh wave of theater cancellations by Lily Janiak

The news pushes the theater's reopening until November, with "Wintertime" by Charles L. Mee.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:41PM

Public health is her day job. Acting was supposed to be a release. COVID ruined that, too by Lily Janiak

"I wondered if I needed to drop the show because it would put my public health career in jeopardy," Boothman said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2021

COVID protocols, problems take center stage as Bay Area theaters resume productions by Lily Janiak

Community theaters are a vital part of the art form. But they may not be equipped to deal with a crisis as complex and ever-evolving as the COVID pandemic.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:00PM
Sunday, August 8, 2021

Review: ‘Circe: Twilight of a Goddess’ is fun maritime adventure but terrible theater by Lily Janiak

The long journey to your seat is the highlight of the production, in which a floating structure serves as stage and set.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:22PM
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

COVID-19 theater audience survey: A parody by Lily Janiak

Would you help us return to in-person indoor performances in two to 36 months by telling us how you feel right now?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, August 1, 2021

Review: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass make too nice in ‘The Agitators’ by Lily Janiak

We've been pitting the struggles of Black men against the struggles of white women for a long, long time, according to "The Agitators."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:58PM
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Review: San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘The Song of Summer’ is artistry that makes a dent by Lily Janiak

After more than a year without indoor, in-person theater, actors performing right in front of you packs a surprise wallop.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:09PM
Friday, July 23, 2021

I thought a fellow theater critic was white. When I learned I was wrong, I had much to reassess by Lily Janiak

John Wilkins and his reviews remain the same; it's my understanding that changed.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

‘Dream Life of Malcolm X’ heightens the debate about who has the right to tell which story by Lily Janiak and Morayo Ogunbayo

Though playwright John Wilkins identifies as African American, he is light-skinned enough not to get followed at the grocery store.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Review: It’s time for the S.F. Mime Troupe to work harder to earn its audience by Lily Janiak

For too long now, the 62-year-old company has been coasting on nostalgia.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre