Author: Jean Schiffman

Berkeley Rep’s new musical ‘Paradise Square’ involving and overwhelming

“Paradise Square,” the world-premiere musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is so emotionally involving, so beautifully designed, directed (by Moisés Kaufman)…

5 days ago

Undead resemble people in ‘Vampire Christmas’

Vampires have issues, too. In Stuart Bousel and Allison Page’s new holiday comedy “Vampire Christmas” at Exit Theatre, we find…

2 months ago

Wise guys musical ‘Bronx Tale’ could use more dimension

“This is just another Bronx tale,” sings actor Joey Barreiro as Calogero, the central figure and narrator of “A Bronx…

2 months ago

Conflict too cool in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk’

A less poetic but more accurate title for Mona Mansour’s quasi-metatheatrical play “We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War”…

2 months ago

History comes alive in magical S.F. Ghost Hunt

Actor, magician, storyteller extraordinaire Christian Cagigal, owner-operator of the 20-year-old San Francisco Ghost Hunt, is in a top hat and…

2 months ago

ACT’s ‘Sweat’ compassionately deconstructs American Dream

“Three generations of loyalty to the same company,” says Stan (Rod Gnapp), the level-headed bartender, in the first act of…

4 months ago

An unhappy family comes to life in Cutting Ball’s ‘Uncle Vanya’

The plays of late-19th-century Russian writer Anton Chekhov are so rich with compassion for the inherent comedy and tragedy of…

4 months ago

Troubling Tennessee Williams’ ‘Baby Doll’ at Shelton Theater

One thing’s for sure: Tennessee Williams loved his female characters -- the desperate cats on hot tin roofs, the faded…

4 months ago