Thursday, February 22, 2024

Review: ‘Big Data’ shows S.F.’s theater can be just as revolutionary as its tech by Lily Janiak

Kate Attwell’s frame-splitting, acute yet expansive script is about how complicit we are in tech’s takeover of both our interactions and consciousnesses.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 04:26PM
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Review: ‘Bees & Honey’ might’ve worked better as TV by Lily Janiak

Marin Theatre Company’s actors have a muffled quality, as if they’re hoping to believe, rather than actually believing, what they’re saying.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:57PM
Friday, February 16, 2024

Review: Relevant, ambitious ‘Manahatta’ sags under weight of its scaffolding by Steven Winn

Though Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play lays out carefully engineered juxtapositions, the Aurora Theatre production gets in its own way more often than not.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:40PM
Wednesday, February 14, 2024

If the social media algorithm were a play character, what would he be like? by Lily Janiak

ACT’s “Big Data” by Kate Attwell says that when we give up our digital privacy, our homes, family, love and sex lives feel the cost.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

BroadwaySF’s 2024-25 season is full of fan favorites and new hits. Here are the titles by Lily Janiak

“Kimberly Akimbo” and “& Juliet” are among the highlights of next year’s offerings from the owner of the Orpheum, Golden Gate and Curran theaters.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:30PM
Friday, February 2, 2024

Review: Familial dysfunction soars in ‘Cult of Love’ by Steven Winn

Most families dread the holiday season. The Dahls in Berkeley Repertory's latest drama, written by “Russian Doll” co-creator Leslye Headland, are no different.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 11:26AM
Thursday, February 1, 2024

Review: Tasty phở, terrifying AI in SF Playhouse’s ‘My Home on the Moon’ by Lily Janiak

Minna Lee’s play asks: In a simulation where all your existential crises are gone and everything’s hunky-dory, why even bother doing anything?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:29PM
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Luis Alfaro’s ‘The Travelers’ wins the Will Glickman Award for best play to premiere in the Bay Area by Chronicle Staff

Magic Theatre’s production garnered the Los Angeles playwright his second win of one of the most prestigious awards in Bay Area theater. 

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 08:31PM

Misbehaving audiences want to go viral. Here’s how theater could take the mic back by Lily Janiak

Any play or musical must compete with all the “para-theater” in rows of audience seats, or at least the possibility that some might happen.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, January 21, 2024

Playwright August Wilson played to the hilt in one-man theater show by Steven Winn

Steven Anthony Jones bids farewell to Bay Area theater with his heroic tribute performance in “How I Learned What I Learned.”

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:58PM

Review: At Shotgun’s ‘Babes in Ho-lland,’ the audience was a fourth character by Lily Janiak

At the opening night of Deneen Reynolds-Knott’s world premiere about Black college students, the crowd layered on their own soundtrack, to glorious effect.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:16PM
Friday, January 12, 2024

Acting titan Steven Anthony Jones to give final Bay Area performance before leaving by Lily Janiak

The ACT regular stars in TheatreWorks’ “How I Learned What I Learned,” his fourth airing in August Wilson’s one-man show since 2019.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, January 9, 2024

What should a Shakespeare company be in 2024? by Lily Janiak

“His visions often seem impossible to me,” said Michael Torres of new Marin Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Jon Tracy.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, January 8, 2024

New Ruth Bader Ginsburg play ‘All Things Equal’ to make S.F. stop. Here’s when by Lily Janiak

The one-woman play by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes delves into the justice’s brilliant legal strategy on sex discrimination.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:54PM
Friday, December 29, 2023

Alexis Soloski’s ‘Here in the Dark’ comes at dark time for theater criticism by Lily Janiak

The novel, about an ambitious mid-30s theater critic, made me reflect on the joy, terror and harsh reality of writing about theater.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Bay Area theater is ready to experiment again in 2024 by Lily Janiak

Titles at Shotgun Players, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company and Cutting Ball Theater point to a new era in the new year.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Best of 2023: Despite financial panic, gorgeous theater abounds in the Bay by Lily Janiak

From cleverly reimagined classics to entirely original performance art, these companies produced some of the best theater in the Bay Area.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, December 18, 2023

As ACT bids adieu to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ costumes, sets and props get a last hurrah by Lily Janiak

One Christmas ghost will haunt the rafters of American Conservatory Theater’s Toni Rembe Theater no more.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 11:04AM
Saturday, December 16, 2023

Review: ‘Kaleidoscope’ is an analog circus feast amid digital HQ of SoMa by Lily Janiak

Circus Bella’s show at the Crossing at East Cut might make you wonder why S.F. doesn’t use more performing arts to enliven neighborhoods.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:43PM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Halloween comes early with revival of Terror Vault’s ‘The Initiation’ by Zara Irshad

The creepy walk-through show is returning to the San Francisco Mint for a limited run in the new year. 

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:46PM

Miss Coco Peru discusses stepping into Heklina’s high heels in ‘The Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes’ by Tony Bravo

The legendary drag queen was also friends with actor Bea Arthur, who originated the role in the 1985-1992 sitcom.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Saturday, December 9, 2023

This Santa Rosa show is only 25 minutes, but it’s a winter solstice wonderland by Lily Janiak

With “Nightlight,” about light pollution, the plucky and whimsical Imaginists dance on theater’s boundaries.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:33PM
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Why critics should still review low-budget, not-great works of art by Lily Janiak

Though not without its hiccups, indie show “A Nightmare on Elm St Holiday Special” is sure to titillate horror fans and indie theater aficionados.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:40PM
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ musical to make San Francisco homecoming by Zara Irshad

The theatrical adaptation of the 1990s classic film is set to hit the Orpheum Theatre stage next summer.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 09:29PM

Another celebrity is coming to Berkeley Rep this season, for a world premiere by Lily Janiak

In “Galileo,” Tony Award nominee Raúl Esparza is set to play the astronomer who argued for heliocentrism, even if it meant giving up his freedom.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:04PM
Sunday, December 3, 2023

Review: Mélia Mills at the Marsh Berkeley says the upper-middle-class can rap, too by Lily Janiak

“The Allure of Thug Life” shows great promise in its kaleidoscopic vision of both Blackness and rap.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:09PM
Friday, December 1, 2023

Review: Celebrate a very S.F. Christmas by seeing drag queens spoof ‘The Golden Girls’ by Lily Janiak

The biggest change in this year’s incarnation, at the Victoria Theatre, is that Coco Peru is playing the role originated by spoof co-creator Heklina, who died in April.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:21PM
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review: With Audra McDonald, S.F. Symphony loosens up for a playful jaunt of showtunes by Lily Janiak

The Broadway star proved the best place to hear musical theater numbers might be the San Francisco Symphony.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:19PM
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Review: Sara Porkalob’s ‘Dragon Lady’ roars with fire and tightens like a coil by Lily Janiak

The solo cabaret musical at Marin Theatre Company makes a family’s origin story in a Manila nightclub feel as mighty as myth.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:42PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

How the Bay Area helped shape Disney’s blockbuster stage productions by David John Chávez

Thomas Schumacher, who grew up in San Mateo, is the muscle behind Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King,” making a San Francisco holiday tour stop.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Review: Billy Crudup at Berkeley Rep unlocks the deviance in all of us by Lily Janiak

“Harry Clarke,” David Cale’s one-man play, is about the intoxicating fantasy of becoming someone else. 

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:21PM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards