In a society as beauty-obsessed as ours, the fairly simple story that playwright Neil LaBute tells in “Reasons to Be Pretty” rings true in ways that can be discomfiting.
The comic drama, which premiered on Broadway in 2009, is directed here by Susi Damilano in a stellar SF Playhouse production. Both funny and sad, it reveals, in stark relief, the often unattractive vulnerabilities of its all-too-human characters. Read More
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival brings the last leg of its 29th season to the Parade Ground Lawn of the Presidio this month with a solidly entertaining production of “Cymbeline.”One of the Bard’s less-often-produced titles, it is listed as a tragedy, though it is really more of a romance. No one dies except the villains and it has a generally happy ending with lovers and families reunited. Read More
Anton Chekhov belongs to the world, but it is difficult to imagine him without Russian language, characters, history and sensibility. London theater companies historically have successfully staged his plays in English while retaining their “real Chekhov” character. Marin Theatre Co. now is taking up the daunting challenge. Read More