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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: Haunting O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey’ revived in Oakland by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" gets a pared-down but still powerful revival by Oakland's Ubuntu Theater Project.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Drag queen road musical ‘Priscilla’ rolls into Walnut Creek by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Adapted from a hit indie movie, 'Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,' about drag queens on a road trip, comes to Walnut Creek.

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‘Rocky Horror’ — the play — is a hot ticket in Bay Area by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'Rocky Horror Show,' Richard O’Brien's iconic campy musical about sexual freedom and mad science, gets 3 Bay Area productions in October.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sam Shepard’s final play gets first staging in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sam Shepard's final play, 'A Particle of Dread,' blends the story Oedipus with a murder mystery; it opens in Berkeley Oct. 18.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Death gets duped in Latino folk tale by Bay Area Theatre Company by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

In time for Day of the Dead celebrations, Bay Area Theatre Co. presents 'Death and the Artist' in San Francisco.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: ‘Dance Nation’ at SF Playhouse a jarring look at adolescent angst by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

In Clare Barron's odd and powerful "Dance Nation," at SF Playhouse, adults perform as competitive teen dancers -- the results will astound you.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: TheatreWorks’ Mark Twain musical needs more Mark Twain by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Mark Twain's River of Song" at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has some good music but fails to employ enough of Twain's character and wit.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Review: Word for Word’s creepy ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ will haunt you by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Word for Word presents a haunting version of epic poem "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" that seems more a horror show than cautionary tale.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Drag queen comedy opens Town Hall Theatre season in Lafayette by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Town Hall Theatre opens season 75 with Matthew Lopez’ "Legend of Georgia McBride,” about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: Caryl Churchill’s classic ‘Top Girls’ gets potent revival in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Caryl Churchill's feminist classic "Top Girls," with its famous fantasy dinner scene, gets a strong revival at ACT in S.F.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: New ‘Macbeth’ at Cal Shakes both bloody and bland by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Cal Shakes' "Macbeth" offers some aesthetic flourishes, but uneven acting and direction eventually sink the production.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Review: ‘The Wolves’ scores in surprising ways at City Lights in San Jose by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sarah DeLappe's compelling "The Wolves" centers on a high school girls' soccer team; it opens City Lights' new season in San Jose.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Suzan-Lori Parks hopes new play ‘White Noise’ ‘burns you clean’ by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Berkeley Rep presents Suzan-Lori Parks' racially charged ‘White Noise,’ a play she hopes has a an cathartic effect on audiences.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Building a family on poisoned ground in powerful ‘Inked Baby’ in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

“Inked Baby,” about a young family grappling with a mysterious poison in their neighborhood, gets its Bay Area premiere at Crowded Fire Theater.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: ‘Murder for Two’ gets good and silly in Walnut Creek by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

The farce 'Murder for Two' in Walnut Creek spoof's classic murder mysteries while serving up high-energy farce and some nifty piano playing.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Review: No easy answers for a doomed school in ‘Exit Strategy’ in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Ike Holder's dark comedy "Exit Strategy" looks at what happens when a school can't be saved; it's playing at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ adds sizzle to new Bay Area theater season by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

The hit Harry Potter stage spin-off, plus 'The Great Wave' and 'Top Girls' head an exciting fall 2019 Bay Area theater season.

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Tennessee Williams’ ‘Glass Menagerie’ revived for Danville festival by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Role Players ensemble presents Tennessee Williams' classic "Glass Menagerie" as part of the 2019 Eugene O'Neill Festival.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review: ‘The Flick’ in Berkeley is long, funny, sad and a must-see by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Annie Baker's 3-hour depiction of youthful suburban malaise gets a spot-on production at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Review: TheatreWorks delivers madcap comedy ’39 Steps’ with a sure hand by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

With '39 Steps,' TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off its 50th season in grand comical style.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Review: New moms learn that stakes are high in ‘Cry It Out’ in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Molly Smith Metzler's new play 'Cry It Out' spells out the joys, fears, exhilaration and pressure of motherhood with compelling realism.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Wicked," the Wizard of Oz-inspired musical returns to the Bay Area, and its story has never seemed more timely.

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Strindberg’s ‘Miss Julie’ radically re-invented to embrace feminist, LGBT themes by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

August Strindberg's "Miss Julie" is considered a stage classic yet strongly misogynistic -- two new S.F. adaptations address that issue.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Classic August Wilson blues drama revived in San Francisco by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Multi Ethnic Theater presents August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" in San Francisco through Sept. 1.

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Review: Lamplighters sails G&S’ ‘Pinafore’ with an assured hand by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Lamplighters is well-versed in Gilbert and Sullivan's 'H.M.S. Pinafore," and its shows in this razor-sharp production.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Bittersweet Sarah Ruhl comedy enchants Altarena Playhouse in Alameda by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sarah Ruhl's comedy "The Clean House" follows an improbable yet charming turn of events; it plays through Sept. 8 in Alameda.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

PlayGround series unleashes a wave of new theater in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

PlayGround, the Bay Area company promoting new plays and playwrights, is hosting a series of new works in SF Innovators Showcase.

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Mary Zimmerman’s ‘White Snake’ comes to Silicon Valley Shakespeare by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Silicon Valley Shakespeare's summer season features an intriguing choice -- Mary Zimmerman's stunning "The White Snake," based on a Chinese legend.

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Review: You will squirm through ’52 Letters’ in Oakland — and that’s good by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Regina Evans presents an unflinching look at human trafficking in her riveting, unsettling demand for change at Ubuntu Theater Project in Oakland.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 11:00AM
Monday, August 5, 2019

Lovebirds return to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley with new plays to show by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's acclaimed New Works Festival, which kicks off Aug. 9, played matchmaker for these two writers.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Review: Shakespeare’s twins, Jane Austen romance delight in Santa Cruz by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Santa Cruz Shakespeare presents strong productions of 2 classics: Shakespeare's 'Comedy of Errors' and Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice.'

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 05:21PM

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