At the beginning of San Francisco-based playwright Octavio Solis’ riveting new drama, “Se Llama Cristina,” premiering at Magic Theatre, a couple is slumped in a drug-induced stupor at a Formica table in a bare, seedy room.
Surfacing, they’re so wrecked they don’t even know their own names, let alone where they are and why, and who the other person is. The man is horrified to see a needle sticking out of his own arm and drug paraphernalia on the table. Read More
As Sharr White’s intense, compact new play, “The Other Place,” proceeds, mysteries deepen.
Why is Juliana, a middle-aged research scientist, consulting a doctor; is it true, as she is convinced, that she’s inherited the brain cancer that runs in her family? Read More
The themes of exile and alienation resonate in Luis Alfaro’s new play, “Bruja,” a modern adaptation of Euripides’ tragedy “Medea” set in San Francisco’s Mission district. Loretta Greco directed the world premiere now at the Magic Theatre.Every character is struggling to establish an identity in America. Read More
In “Annapurna,” New York playwright Sharr White’s world premiere at the Magic Theatre, the ups and downs of a middle-aged couple’s interactions are condensed into the space of a single day. Ulysses (Rod Gnapp) and Emma (Denise Cormier) haven’t communicated in 20 years, not since she left him, without explanation, in the middle of the night with their 5-year-old son in tow. Read More
It’s hard to imagine that Sophocles’ tragedy “Oedipus Rex” was any more thrilling to ancient Greek audiences than this modern Mexican-American remake by playwright Luis Alfaro presented by Magic Theatre. Read More