Friday, January 28, 2022

Review: When waters get choppy, Berkeley Rep’s ‘Swept Away’ rights itself by Lily Janiak

The Avett Brothers musical asks: When a whaling voyage goes horribly awry, how far would you go to stay alive?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:07PM
Thursday, January 27, 2022

Review: ACT’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ says you are worth a comic aria by Lily Janiak

Blasphemously talented singers, beatboxers and rappers cook up, on the fly, a miniature hip-hop opera about your day.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:37PM

Nikki Meñez, 28-year-old Filipino American Bay Area native, joins Z Space leadership team by Lily Janiak

Meñez is the final piece of Z Space's new distributive leadership model.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unscripted ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ delivers rhymes and joyful catharsis by Jessica Zack

The interactive freestyle-rap production just finished its second Broadway run and begins its national tour in San Francisco.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Exclusive: S.F.’s Castro Theatre turning into live music venue by Aidin Vaziri

Another Planet Entertainment plans to revitalize the 100-year-old institution with a new marquee, state-of-the-art technology and fresh slate of events. 

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 12:00PM
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Bay Area actors on understudying during omicron, when they’re needed as never before by Lily Janiak

"There can be the stress of whether you match up, whether you’re quote-unquote ‘as good,’" Nic A. Sommerfeld said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

‘Astonishment, horror and glee’: Bay Area understudies recount on- and offstage drama by Lily Janiak

Actors at TheatreWorks, Bay Area Children's Theatre, Berkeley Rep and more share the thrills and chills of filling in last-minute.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Thursday, January 13, 2022

Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ trades razzmatazz for open desert highways, arias burning inside by Lily Janiak

The quiet assurance of the Tony-winning show at BroadwaySF's Golden Gate Theatre almost makes other musicals look insecure.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:53PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Susie Medak to step down from Berkeley Rep in August, ending a legendary 32-year run by Lily Janiak

For a city of fewer than 125,000 residents, Berkeley has an outsize reputation as an arts destination in part because of Medak.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:00PM

Q&A: Susie Medak on her 32 remarkable years at Berkeley Rep and how ‘the social contract has changed’ by Lily Janiak

"I love what happens when you have an audience meeting artists halfway," Berkeley Rep's Susie Medak said.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:00PM

How David Yazbek created a delicate musical with ‘spiritual depth’ in ‘The Band’s Visit’ by Edward Guthmann

Set in Israel — quiet and nuanced, with no bombast, spectacle or power ballads — the production opening in San Francisco is an anti-musical of sorts.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

Berkeley native Itamar Moses on ‘The Band’s Visit,’ before and after the pandemic by Lily Janiak

The Tony-winning musical about isolation and waiting might strike pandemic-era audiences differently.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Friday, January 7, 2022

BroadwaySF to require booster shots beginning Feb. 1 by Lily Janiak

The new policy adheres to a San Francisco Department of Public Health order applying to operators of indoor "mega-events."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:41PM
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Good luck getting home: Bay Area arts can’t recover without late-night public transit by Lily Janiak

For too long now, we've allowed a region with first-class performers to make its art so physically inaccessible.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, January 3, 2022

Avett Brothers’ musical ‘Swept Away’ on course for Berkeley Rep premiere by Aidin Vaziri

The world premiere of the Avett Brothers-inspired musical “Swept Away,” comes on Jan. 9 after a year-plus pandemic delay.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 11:52AM
Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Bay Area theater in 2022 promises to be dynamic and dizzying by Lily Janiak

Shows by SFBATCO, Berkeley Rep, Oakland Theater Project and more gleam in Bay Area theater in 2022.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Bay Area arts outfits cancel New Year’s shows, citing omicron, while others look hopefully to 2022 by Chronicle Staff

At what point should producers cancel performances, especially as New Year’s Eve events approach?

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 08:58PM
Thursday, December 23, 2021

The truism that the Silicon Valley doesn’t support the arts might not be true any more in the Bay Area by Lily Janiak

Gifts from Zendesk, Amazon, SalesForce to theaters, choruses and more suggest the start of a shift in tech philanthropy.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Wednesday, December 22, 2021

‘A Christmas Carol,’ S.F. Gay Men’s Chorus cancel shows amid growing omicron worry by Lily Janiak

Cal Performances, Berkeley Playhouse and Cutting Ball Theater have also announced cancellations.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:37PM

Guaranteed income, poetic circus and legit ritual: How Bay Area theater came back in 2021 by Lily Janiak

San Francisco Playhouse, SFBATCO and California Shakespeare Theater offered just some of 2021's Bay Area theater highlights.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

American Conservatory Theater to close its star-making MFA program in 2022 by Lily Janiak

"Conservatory" is inscribed in ACT's middle name; without the master's program, the theater will have to forge a radically different identity.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 03:14PM

The church of theater gathers to say goodbye to one of its own by Lily Janiak

FoolsFury festival director Claudia Alick urged everyone to "resist the narrative that closing is failure."

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Monday, December 20, 2021

Cal Shakes to mount two new Shakespeare adaptations in 2022 by Lily Janiak

Two of the Bay Area's most exciting theater companies — one a major institution, the other small and scrappy — are working together.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:00PM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

Review: ‘Woman in Black’ a white-knuckle thrill at ACT’s Strand in S.F. by Lily Janiak

The long-running London production of Stephen Mallatratt's play operates quietly and steadily, with confidence in its solid bones.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 01:22PM
Saturday, December 11, 2021

Review: ‘The Magic Lamp’ anatomizes your brain’s descent into hell by Lily Janiak

As a technical difficulty-plagued opening night approached three hours, all that was left was bargaining with God.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:24PM
Monday, December 6, 2021

How the pandemic is changing HVAC standards in Bay Area entertainment venues and beyond by Lily Janiak

For Chase Center, Davies Symphony Hall, American Conservatory Theater and other venues, COVID has meant an immersion into HVAC.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Review: Theater doesn’t add to Malvina Reynolds’ music in ‘The Cassandra Sessions’ by Lily Janiak

At Shotgun Players, the gritted-teeth panic of the not-quite-finished show seeps through.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:11PM
Thursday, December 2, 2021

Review: San Francisco Playhouse’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is local theater at its best by Lily Janiak

The romantic comedy adapts Shakespeare into a musical so persuasively you might think the two genres had always been intertwined.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:37PM
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Review: BroadwaySF presents a ‘Christmas Carol’ that’s actually interesting by Lily Janiak

Every monstrous skinflint was once a small child, the S.F. production says, one who read adventure stories and imagined his toys to life.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 02:18PM

Bringing diversity to ‘A Christmas Carol’ is just the beginning by Rachel Howard

For actress Amber Iman, S.F's "A Christmas Carol" offers new lessons in inclusivity and justice along with its traditional moral of hope and redemption.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

Meet the Bay Area actors behind BroadwaySF’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Rachel Howard

The production of "A Christmas Carol" includes a diverse cast, many of whom hail from the region.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle at 07:00AM

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
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