Author: Jean Schiffman

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…

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Fall 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

Musicals, dramas, premieres and revivals are among the season’s bounty of theater offerings. West Side Story: Hillbarn Theatre presents the…

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Classics and more in classy Oregon Shakespeare fest

Even a whirlwind trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland offers a sampling of the company’s enormous range. For…

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‘Dry Powder’ a chilling look at high finance

At one point in Sarah Burgess’ little gem of a play, “Dry Powder,” I scribbled in my notebook, “What is…

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‘Good. Better. Best. Bested.’ a wild and whimsical Las Vegas-set comedy

Don’t worry about the awkward title. Jonathan Spector’s “Good. Better. Best. Bested.,” developed in his own Berkeley company Just Theater…

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Cal Shakes’ ‘Quixote Nuevo’ fanciful yet inconsistent

In California Shakespeare Theater’s production of Octavio Solis’ gorgeous tapestry of a play “Quixote Nuevo,” a retired literature professor and…

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‘A Lesson from Aloes’ an ultimately affecting look at racism

In white South African playwright Athol Fugard’s 1979 three-hander “A Lesson from Aloes” onstage at Z Below in The City,…

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‘The Humans’ foibles are all in the family

The humans who comprise the loving, rambunctious Irish-American Blake family in playwright Stephen Karam’s “The Humans,” the 2016 Tony Award…

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