Friday, July 1, 2022

Review: Bay Area production of ‘Wives’ both soars and drowns in first draft energy by Lily Janiak

Jaclyn Backhaus' play, now in a West Coast premiere at Berkeley's Aurora Theatre Company, can be overly didactic at times, but a passionate yearning drives it.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:22PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Cutting Ball’s ‘The Real Sappho’ goes virtual as return to live theater is delayed again by Joy Diamond

More than two years into the pandemic, Cutting Ball is sadly delaying its planned return to an IRL stage.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, June 23, 2022

Review: BroadwaySF’s ‘The Prom’ succeeds most when it aims deliciously low by Lily Janiak

The show about Broadway stars and a small-town lesbian serves as a fun kick-off to San Francisco's Pride Weekend.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:39PM
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Sandra Bernhard ready to ‘Bern It Down’ in S.F. this Pride Weekend by Tony Bravo

The "Pose" star wants to offer an escape from the news cycle with her new cabaret show coming to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Being a mom and a theater artist was always hard. In the late pandemic, it’s only worse by Lily Janiak

As Ariel Craft departs Cutting Ball, Bay Area theater professionals who recently gave birth reflect on family-work balance.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, June 18, 2022

Sean Fenton brings an actor’s empathy to new role as Theatre Bay Area leader by Lily Janiak

"It is a bit of trip going from community college student to executive," union actor Sean Fenton joked.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Bay Area summer theater in 2022 shows an industry at a COVID turning point by Lily Janiak

Berkeley Rep, Teatro Visión, TheatreWorks and Cutting Ball Theater all have auspicious summer offerings.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

S.F.’s Bindlestiff Studio explores Filipino American identity through food by Alex Ramos

The studio's new play, “Inay Dalisay’s World Famous Lechon,” follows a succession of get-togethers that feel cathartic in the wake of so much pandemic trauma.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, June 13, 2022

List of winners at 75th Tony Awards by Associated Press

“A Strange Loop” has topped the 2022 Tony Awards by winning best musical.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:15AM

Pulitzer and now top Tony, ‘A Strange Loop’ makes history by Mark Kennedy

"A Strange Loop," a sexually frank work about Blackness and queerness won best new musical, as voters celebrated Broadway’s most racially diverse season.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:13AM
Saturday, June 11, 2022

Review: ‘Stranger Things: The Experience’ at S.F. Armory suggests Netflix should stick to TV by Lily Janiak

Immersive theater is an art. Dear Netflix, please let local theater artists help you make this better.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:33PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Review: ‘Dana H.’ brings gut-twisting real-life hostage drama to Berkeley Rep by Lily Janiak

Lucas Hnath's play about his mother's real-life kidnapping haunts as only nonfiction can.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:16PM
Thursday, June 9, 2022

Review: ‘Hadestown’ will make you fall in love with musical theater again by Lily Janiak

Anaïs Mitchell's score can chug like a freight train or clang and gasp like the pistons and gaskets of Hades' foundry in this production at the Orpheum Theatre.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:45PM
Monday, June 6, 2022

Review: At Oakland Theater Project, a play written in 1987 has a new way to say Black Lives Matter by Lily Janiak

"The Mojo and the Sayso" is sharp about the ways that family can live right on top of each other without ever intersecting.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:31PM

Anaïs Mitchell encounters compulsive industrialism, finds treasure in underworld with ‘Hadestown’ by Lily Janiak

Orpheus "almost can't live in the reality of the world around him, and for that reason he lets down Eurydice," Anaïs Mitchell said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, June 5, 2022

Review: Cal Shakes’ bilingual ‘Romeo y Juliet’ reveals new discoveries in Shakespeare by Lily Janiak

Karen Zacarías' bilingual adaptation invites non-Spanish-speaking audiences to whet our powers of comprehension.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:28PM
Friday, June 3, 2022

Review: The sparks and danger are real in outdoor Oakland variety show Ruckus and Rumpus Revival by Lily Janiak

Sexy clowns, staple guns, beds of nails and comet tails of sparks are some of the acts in the Ruckus and Rumpus Revival, formerly Tourettes Without Regrets.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:19PM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

Berkeley Rep alum comes home with harrowing, Tony-nominated ‘Dana H.’ by Jessica Zack

Les Waters directs the true story told in the voice of playwright Lucas Hnath's mother, who survived a prolonged, violent crime in 1997.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

New Stanford Live season brings Patti LuPone, climate change stories and more by Joshua Kosman

The arts presenter's 2022-23 season includes a range of timely new and commissioned works tackling timely subjects like climate change and social justice.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 05:00PM

Review: A writer’s hidden life and pain enchant in ‘Sound Inside’ by Lily Janiak

In Marin Theatre Company's new production, a mutual appreciation for the author's inner life makes possible an unlikely friendship, and an intriguing mystery.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:44PM

Anna Deavere Smith, Annette Bening, other ACT alums reflect on their time in its MFA program by Lily Janiak

"For a long time, acting had always been a way for me to be something other than myself," said alum Liz Sklar.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

ACT graduates its last class of MFA students, and Bay Area theater won’t be the same by Lily Janiak

The acting program that trained Denzel Washington, Annette Bening and Elizabeth Banks is closing because of financial difficulties.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Learning to grieve the last two years with Sarah Ruhl’s and Theatre Lunatico’s help by Lily Janiak

Sarah Ruhl's "Smile" and "Melancholy Play" offer gems of lyricism and spiritual solace in a grief-riven era.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, May 23, 2022

San Jose native Jeffey Lo, with 3 plays running simultaneously, radiates purpose and compassion by Lily Janiak

"Your job as a director is to know the play well enough to identify when someone else has a better idea," he says.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

The White House press secretary is a theatrical job, all the more so with Karine Jean-Pierre by Lily Janiak

The press secretary is representing someone else, playing a part, telling a story, and the media isn't just an audience, but representatives, too.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

At Cal Shakes, ‘Romeo y Juliet’ offers two brave turns for timeless love story by David John Chávez

Playwright Karen Zacarías and director KJ Sanchez make remarkable choices in adapting Shakespeare's classic into a queer, bilingual tale of colonial California.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Review: Shotgun’s ‘A Small Fire’ burns with what it is to be human by Lily Janiak

Adam Bock's play anatomizes our tethers to the world around us and exposes their fragility.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:35PM
Saturday, May 21, 2022

Review: Bold choices both illuminate and obscure in Imaginists’ ‘Someone Dies Again’ by Lily Janiak

Árpád Schilling's play seeks to delineate how just a couple small disturbances can fester, eating away our social fabric.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:27PM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lauren Yee, Emma Rice and Lynn Nottage among highlights of Berkeley Rep’s 2022-23 season by Lily Janiak

It's a refreshing return to pre-pandemic numbers when many others' output remains reduced.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:30PM
Monday, May 16, 2022

This dissident artist had to leave Hungary. Now he’s making theater about U.S. gun culture by Lily Janiak

Árpád Schilling doesn't think of himself as Hungarian. "I'm European, or I'm a human," he says.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, May 15, 2022

Review: Magic Theatre’s ‘Monument’ crumbles, a jumble of bits that never coheres by Lily Janiak

Sam Chanse's world premiere collects a bunch of finely etched fragments but lets each crumble just as it begins to glimmer.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:42PM