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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

“The Revolutionists”: Fantastic Four Femmes Fight for Justice—at Lunatico by Lynne Stevens

Lauren Gunderson Imagines a Play for Rich and Poor by Lynne Stevens The French Revolution is raging. We hear sounds of crowds, shots, and the woosh of Madame Guillotine outside a French woma…

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

“The Glass Menagerie” Shines Light on Struggling 30s Family—at S.F. Playhouse by Lynne Stevens

Tennessee Williams Reflects American Memories & Dreams by Lynne Stevens Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” came to the stage in 1944. He called it “a memory play” becaus…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

“Blue Door” Asks “Who Am I?” & Finds Out—at Aurora by Lynne Stevens

Tanya Barfield’s Professor Faces His Demons, Brings Us to Tears  by Lynne Stevens After a bout of terrible insomnia, math professor Lewis (the stellar Michael J. Asberry) is visited by th…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

“The Tutor”: Cultural Anxiety Creates Sparks—at NCTC by Lynne Stevens

Torange Yeghiazarian Pairs Passion with U.S./Iran Conflict by Lynne Stevens What makes “The Tutor” different from any other love triangle? Well, there are more than three players in this…

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

“Pal Joey” Showcases Depression Era Rodgers & Hart Musical—at Altarena by Lynne Stevens

John O’Hara’s Stories of Strippers & Hustlers Spring to Life by Lynne Stevens “Pal Joey” opens with an enthusiastic overture from a live band of syncopated seniors. We all breath…

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Monday, March 18, 2024

 “The 39 Steps” Leads to Thrilling Madcap Chase—at SF Playhouse by Lynne Stevens

Patrick Barlow Riffs on 1935 Hitchcock Film in Exciting Noir Comedy by Lynne Stevens The props become part of the action in “The 39 Steps.” Characters leap through handheld windows. Door…

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

“Falsettos” Continues Its March—at 42nd St. Moon by Lynne Stevens

Finn & Lapine’s Revolutionary Musical Still Charms by Lynne Stevens The Jewish American tradition is rich with humor, melodrama, and heart. “Falsettos,” the enduring musical by Wil…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

“Our Town” Wakes Us Up, Gently—at Ross Valley by Lynne Stevens

Thornton Wilder Reminds Us of The Human Condition by Lynne Stevens In “Our Town,” a play within a play, the Stage Manager speaks directly to us, describing Grover’s Corners, a quiet Ne…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:51PM
Friday, December 8, 2023

“25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Casts a Spell—at TheatreWorks by Lynne Stevens

William Finn’s Musical Bee Creates an Endearing Buzz by Lynne Stevens I didn’t expect to like this musical. There’s plenty of singing and it’s not particularly melodic and yet it is …

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

“Guys and Dolls” Shows Love Is a Gamble, Takes the Risk—at S.F. Playhouse by Lynne Stevens

Frank Loesser’s Music Highlights Gritty N.Y. Riffs by Lynne Stevens Broadway is the embodiment of the melting pot. Damon Runyon’s gritty 30s New York stories reveled in its variety. Broa…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Interview with “Mame” on 42nd Street Moon Show by Lynne Stevens

Cindy Goldfield Talks about A Life in the Theater by Lynne Stevens On Tuesday, October 24, I had the pleasure of interviewing actor Cindy Goldfield at 42nd Street Moon’s very unglamorous r…

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

“Mame” Showcases Musical Memories, Found Families—at 42nd St. Moon   by Lynne Stevens

Jerry Herman’s Superb Music & Lyrics Still Enchant by Lynne Stevens From the start of “Mame,” we realize that we are following the memories of Auntie Mame’s nephew, Patrick. Afte…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

“Tales Behind the Basement Door” Keep Us on Our Toes—at Lunatico by Lynne Stevens

Faulkner & Irving Conjure a Haunted House and Scary Woods by Lynne Stevens Don’t go into those woods! Don’t open that door! These are the classic warnings of many terror tales. And d…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

“Mrs. Christie” Creates Order from Chaos—at TheatreWorks by Lynne Stevens

Heidi Armbruster Delivers Classic Christie by Lynne Stevens Almost a century since her 11-day disappearance in 1926, the time is right for prolific mystery writer Agatha Christie to have her…

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Friday, September 22, 2023

“The Glass Menagerie” Sparkles—at Ross Valley Players by Lynne Stevens

David Abrams Illuminates Tennessee Williams’ Masterpiece Family Drama by Lynne Stevens “The Glass Menagerie,” a play for the Ages, will never go out of style.  So long as people feel …

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

“Steel Magnolias” Let Their Hair Down—at TheatreWorks by Lynne Stevens

Robert Harling’s Southern Women Bloom Boldly & Tenderly by Lynne Stevens Director Elizabeth Carter conveys the universality of hairstyling, focusing on six women at a cozy hair salon i…

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Friday, June 16, 2023

“She Loves Me”: Musical Guaranteed to Lift Our Spirits—at 42nd Street Moon by Lynne Stevens

Masteroff, Bock, Harnick’s Perfumery Scents the Air with Love by Lynne Stevens In these gray San Francisco days, we need some sparkling singing and dancing to cheer us up. Brilliance and c…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

“Yerma” Lays Waste to Idealized Visions of Family Life—at Shotgun by Lynne Stevens

Lopez/Lorca Tragedy Unveils Woman Driven Mad by Tradition by Lynne Stevens Mythical in its makeup, “Yerma”  is a study in what not to do in your romantic relationships.  Melinda Lopez …

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

“Cyrano”: Streamlined Comedy on the Nose–at Aurora by Lynne Stevens

Josh Costello Revives Soldier-Poet for Our Time by Lynne Stevens I’ve always felt that an intelligent, witty man is much more attractive than one who is merely lucky to be handsome. I alwa…

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Monday, February 6, 2023

“Paradise Blue” Shines Bright Light on Urban “Renewal” & Its Victims—at Aurora by Lynne Stevens

Domenique Morisseau Celebrates Black Women’s Wisdom by Lynne Stevens Domenique Morisseau takes a stylish look at the destruction of Detroit’s Black neighborhoods, brilliantly depicting t…

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Saturday, December 3, 2022

“Wuthering Heights” Takes Us from Darkness to Light—at Berkeley Rep by Lynne Stevens

Emma Rice’s Spectacular Brontë Reaches New Heights by Lynne Stevens Everything about the first act of Emma Rice’s “Wuthering Heights” is physical and passionate and dark as a Grimm�…

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

“Ain’t Too Proud” Shows Fame Has Its Price—at BroadwaySF by Lynne Stevens

Dominique Morisseau’s Temptations Make Us Love Them by Lynne Stevens From the first beat, “Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations” lifts us out of our seats. It’s …

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

“Attempts on Her Life” Looks at the Human Condition—at Lunatico by Lynne Stevens

Martin Crimp Plays With Our Discomfort by Lynne Stevens Did you ever feel you’re no one special and then learn everyone is talking about you behind your back? That’s what’s happening t…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

“Lear”: A Universal Tragedy in SF’s Fillmore District—at Cal Shakes by Lynne Stevens

Marcus Gardley’s Modern Verse Version Shakes US Up! by Lynne Stevens At Cal Shakes, Co-directors Eric Ting and Dawn Monique Williams have staged a first-rate “Lear” with all its rage a…

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

“The Crucible”: Bold Staging Exposes Big Lies—at Oakland by Lynne Stevens

Arthur Miller’s 50s Warnings Resonate in 21st Century by Lynne Stevens Arthur Miller had the Big Red Scare in mind when he wrote “The Crucible” in 1953. Miller depicts the Salem Witch …

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

“Two Gentlemen of Verona”: Shakespeare Comedy for All of Us—at The Curtain by Lynne Stevens

Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen in the Dog House by Lynne Stevens Sunlight filters through the redwoods as a gentle breeze mingles with the music of the band before the play begins. Curtain Th…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

“Dreaming in Cuban”: Haunting Reflection on La Revolución—at Central Works by Lynne Stevens

Cristina Garcia Condenses Her Celebrated Novel to Its Essence by Lynne Stevens This is a play of rebellion and revolution, a tale of the struggle between mothers and daughters. In Brooklyn, …

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

“Melancholy Play” Opens a Window to a Wistful Time—at Lunatico by Lynne Stevens

Sarah Ruhl Turns Doldrums to Delight by Lynne Stevens We take our seats opposite the minuscule, stark, black stage. The only set pieces are five black stools and two window frames hanging fr…

SOURCE: Theatrius at 11:26AM
Friday, April 29, 2022

 “Allegiance”: A Musical that Entertains & Instructs—at Palo Alto Players by Lynne Stevens

Jay Kuo’s Spirited Lyrics Illuminate Japanese American Story by Lynne Stevens From the opening scenes, I was almost moved to tears by this drama inspired by the true-life experiences of TV…

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

 “Anton in Show Business” Lights Up Chekhov With All Women Cast—at CCCT by Lynne Stevens

Jane Martin’s Modern Spin on “Three Sisters” Makes Us Laugh! by Lynne Stevens Manipulative TV actor Holly snags the lead role of Masha for herself in this modern take on Chekhov’s �…

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Friday, February 11, 2022

“Men On Boats” Scouts the Wild West Without Men—at Palo Alto Players by Lynne Stevens

Jaclyn Backhaus Ridicules Male Heroes—Bring on the Gals! by Lynne Stevens Sarah Bernhardt did it playing Hamlet. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon did it to infiltrate an all-woman band in Some L…

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