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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ now a so-so new musical in Palo Alto by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's world premiere of a musical adapted from Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' needs better songs.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 03:03PM
Friday, December 6, 2019

Go-Go’s musical ‘Head Over Heels’ back in SF in time for holidays by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Head Over Heels," which marries Go-Go's tunes to a silly Elizabethan story line, comes to New Conservatory Theatre in SF for a holiday run.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Bay Area icon Josh Kornbluth performs greatest hits — for charity by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Bay Area monologist Josh Kornbluth is performing three of his best-known solo shows in Berkeley to benefit TheatreFirst stage company.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:46PM
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Family turmoil powerfully captured in ‘The Humans’ in San Jose by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'The Humans,' Stephen Karam's prize-winning portrait of a struggling family, gets strong staging at San Jose Stage Company.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:04PM

‘Mahabharata’: World’s longest poem becomes a brisk Oakland stage show by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Bay Area playwright Geetha Reddy adapted epic Indian poem "The Mahabharata" into a brisk solo show for Ubuntu Theater in Oakland.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:28PM
Monday, December 2, 2019

Poe’s ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ gets hip-hop makeover at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Berkeley's Aurora Theatre hosts Phil Wong and Dan Wolf's "Tell Tale Hearts," a hip-hop take on the Edgar Allan Poe classic horror tale.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:00PM
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New Musical ‘Tale of Despereaux’ delights at Berkeley Rep by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Based on the award-winning kids book, 'Tales of Despereaux' at Berkeley Rep charms as a family friendly holiday show.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:49PM

Caryl Churchill’s famed time-skipping play ‘Cloud 9’ lands in SF by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Caryl Churchill's time-traveling 'Cloud 9' tackles hot-button issues in unusual ways; it plays at Custom Made Theatre in S.F. through Dec. 15.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 01:23PM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flight Deck arts venue in Oakland faces uncertain future by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Flight Deck performing arts space in Oakland will close in March after Ragged Wing Ensemble moves out -- unless someone takes it over.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

You haven’t seen a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ like this SF production by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

'Midsummer Night's Dream' gets a unique production by Arabian Shakespeare Festival in S.F.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’ impresses, but doesn’t quite wow by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna," adapted loosely from Shakespeare's 'Tempest,' is a entertaining show that falls just short of mind-blowing.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 06:39PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Women of French Resistance come to life in ‘Convoy’ in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Berkeley’s Theatre Lunatico presents 'Convoy 31000,' based on stories on French women who fought the Nazis -- and the prices they paid.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:00PM
Monday, November 4, 2019

Famed Iranian playwright keeps surprises coming in ‘Nassim’ by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour keeps the script of 'Nassim' secret until each performance, when he takes the stage with a surprise actor.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:00PM
Friday, November 1, 2019

‘The Jap Box’: Magic and ‘uncomfortable’ history combine in Berkeley show by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

David Hirata's solo show 'The Jap Box' at The Marsh Berkeley tells the story of a Japanese magician whose act was co-opted by Americans.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review: Clever stage rom-com ‘Elevada’ sparkles in Berkeley by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Sheila Callaghan's clever rom-com "Elevada" -- featuring a great cast -- is presented by Shotgun Players at Ashby Stage in Berkeley.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 03:38PM
Monday, October 28, 2019

Review: ‘Chinese Lady’ in SF re-creates sad, lurid chapter in history by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

Lloyd Suh's new play 'The Chinese Lady' at Magic Theatre tells of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman in America who was paraded as an oddity.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 07:07PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ — a primer on beloved wizard’s world before play’s storied SF run by Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is opening at the The Curran in S.F.; here's what you need to know about the books before you attend the show.

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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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 04:06PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 04:06PM

‘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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 01:00PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:00PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 04:00PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 01:56PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:44PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 01:00PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 04:23PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 10:15AM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 11:15AM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 02:00PM
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.

Linked From San Jose Mercury News at 11:30AM

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