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
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Björk to bring first theatrical show to San Francisco by Aidin Vaziri

Björk will bring her first theatrical production, "Cornucopia," to the Chase Center in San Francisco next year.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:06PM

Outdoor theater makes Mission District heroes, history real in the actual streets by Jessica Flores

"History Matters in the Mission" pays homage to artists and activists who helped create the culture of San Francisco's modern-day Mission District.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
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
Thursday, September 30, 2021

S.F. composer revives festival bringing music and circus arts to displaced children in Turkey by Andrew Gilbert

After being canceled last year, the Flying Carpet Festival is set to return this October to cities and villages around the Mardin region of Turkey.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
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
Monday, September 27, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ sashays home with 10 Tony Awards by Mark Kennedy

The show was expanded to four hours, with Audra McDonald handing out Tonys for the first half and Leslie Odom Jr. hosting a "Broadway’s Back!" celebration for the second half.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:23AM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

List of Tony Awards 2021 winners by Associated Press

Among winners included David Alan Grier, Adrienne Warren, Mary-Louise Parker and more.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 11:30PM
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

Melissa Smith, longtime head of ACT’s MFA program, dies at 64 by Sam Hurwitt

ACT’s conservatory director for 25 years, Smith co-starred with Frances McDormand in the Oscar-winning 2020 film “Nomadland.”

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:12AM
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

‘Drag Race’ queen Jackie Cox brings ‘JackieVision’ to S.F.’s Oasis by Tony Bravo

"RuPaul’s Drag Race" fan favorite queen tackles classic pop culture through Marvel-inspired cabaret act.

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

Bay Area music and dance groups celebrate reopening with a communal showcase by Joshua Kosman

A free outdoor event organized by the Lamplighters will highlight a diverse array of performing artists.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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
Thursday, August 12, 2021

San Francisco’s new vaccination mandate to affect local arts community by Morayo Ogunbayo

The city hopes the mandate prompts more Bay Area residents to seek vaccination in light of the surge of infections due to the delta variant.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:09PM
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

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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