Georgia Rowe

From left, Nancy E. Carroll as Anne-Marie and Mary Beth Fisher as Nora are excellent in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Self-realized Nora’s back in ‘Doll’s House, Part 2’

The theater world is filled with slamming doors, but there’s never been…

From left, Nancy E. Carroll as Anne-Marie and Mary Beth Fisher as Nora are excellent in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
From left, Halili Knox,  Myers Clark, Emily Radosevich, Rafael Jordan and Akilah A.Walker are excellent in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “Detroit ‘67.” (Courtesy David Allen)

A family bears riotous times in empathetic ‘Detroit ‘67’

The sounds of guns and tanks supply a gripping soundtrack for “Detroit…

From left, Halili Knox,  Myers Clark, Emily Radosevich, Rafael Jordan and Akilah A.Walker are excellent in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “Detroit ‘67.” (Courtesy David Allen)
From left, Aysan  Celik,  Jomar  Tagatac and Justin  Howard appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s ambitious “The War of the Roses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes’ actors bring ‘Henry VI,’ ‘Richard III’ to life

When it comes to Shakespeare’s history plays, “Henry VI” has always been…

From left, Aysan  Celik,  Jomar  Tagatac and Justin  Howard appear in California Shakespeare Theater’s ambitious “The War of the Roses.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
John Bambery portrays Georges Seurat and Nanci Zoppi plays his lover Dot in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)

‘Sunday in the Park’ colorfully explores meaning of art

Being an artist has never been easy. Consider Georges Seurat, the 19th-century…

John Bambery portrays Georges Seurat and Nanci Zoppi plays his lover Dot in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)
From left, Randy Harrison, Caldwell Tidicue, Benjamin T. Ismail and Carmen Roman appear in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s riveting “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

Berkeley’ Rep’s ‘Angels’ righteous and relevant

There’s a poignant sense of déjà vu in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s…

From left, Randy Harrison, Caldwell Tidicue, Benjamin T. Ismail and Carmen Roman appear in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s riveting “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Brennan Pickman-Thoon, giving a toast at center, plays the title character in The Cutting Ball Theater’s effective “Timon of Athens.” (Courtesy Liz Olson)

Shakespeare’s ‘Timon of Athens’ remarkably timely

“Timon of Athens” is so seldom performed, theatergoers seeing it for the…

Brennan Pickman-Thoon, giving a toast at center, plays the title character in The Cutting Ball Theater’s effective “Timon of Athens.” (Courtesy Liz Olson)
James Seol, front, and Stephen Hu play pals who go on a cross-country motorcycle trip “Vietgone.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

‘Vietgone’ a funny, touching immigrant experience tale

Immigration is such a hot-button issue these days, it’s hard to find…

James Seol, front, and Stephen Hu play pals who go on a cross-country motorcycle trip “Vietgone.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Daniel Chung and Jackie Chung appear in Julia Cho’s “Office Hour” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Office Hour’ plays on fear of mass shootings

The first scene of “Office Hour” feels eerily familiar. Three writing teachers…

Daniel Chung and Jackie Chung appear in Julia Cho’s “Office Hour” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
San Francisco Performances presents the Danish String Quartet in its San Francisco debut on Feb. 19 (Courtesy Caroline Bettenco)

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Classical

Chamber music and oratorios, symphony concerts and intimate recitals with top artists…

San Francisco Performances presents the Danish String Quartet in its San Francisco debut on Feb. 19 (Courtesy Caroline Bettenco)
Andrew Stenson sings the title role and Meghan Picerno is Cunegonde in San Francisco Symphony's "Candide." (Courtesy Kristin Loken)

Best of all possible worlds in SF Symphony’s ‘Candide’

Someone in the audience at Thursday night’s San Francisco Symphony performance of…

Andrew Stenson sings the title role and Meghan Picerno is Cunegonde in San Francisco Symphony's "Candide." (Courtesy Kristin Loken)
John Douglas Thompson and Domenique Lozano are among the notable ensemble in American Conservatory Theater’s “Hamlet.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/American Conservatory Theater)

John Douglas Thompson scores with subtlety in ACT’s ‘Hamlet’

Recent performance practice seems to demand that every Hamlet go ballistic. No…

John Douglas Thompson and Domenique Lozano are among the notable ensemble in American Conservatory Theater’s “Hamlet.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne/American Conservatory Theater)
McGee Maddox and Sara Esty star in “An American in Paris” at the Orpheum. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy)

Eye-catching ‘American in Paris’ at Orpheum

If ever a show should have come to town projecting exuberance, “An…

McGee Maddox and Sara Esty star in “An American in Paris” at the Orpheum. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy)
San Francisco Symphony closes its 2016-17 season with performances of Berlioz’s groundbreaking “Roméo et Juliette.”  (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)

SF Symphony’s Berlioz ‘Roméo et Juliette’ c’est magnifique

When Hector Berlioz set out to write “Roméo et Juliette,” he vowed…

San Francisco Symphony closes its 2016-17 season with performances of Berlioz’s groundbreaking “Roméo et Juliette.”  (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)
From left, Sylvia MacCalla, Kacee Clanton and Ashley Tamar Davis appear in “A Night with Janis Joplin.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

‘Night with Janis’ doesn’t get to the heart of Joplin

Minutes into “A Night with Janis Joplin,” the title character says she’s…

From left, Sylvia MacCalla, Kacee Clanton and Ashley Tamar Davis appear in “A Night with Janis Joplin.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
From left, Jessika D. Williams, Maryssa Wanlass and Patrick Russell are charming in California Shakespeare Theater’s “As You Like It.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes’ lively ‘As You Like It’ kicks off 2017 season

There was rapture in the air on opening night of “As You…

From left, Jessika D. Williams, Maryssa Wanlass and Patrick Russell are charming in California Shakespeare Theater’s “As You Like It.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
From left, Sara Bruner plays Norma McCorvey and Sarah Jane Agnew plays Sarah Weddington in “Roe” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Jenny Graham)

‘Roe’ reveals people behind famed abortion ruling

Most Americans have an opinion about Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973…

From left, Sara Bruner plays Norma McCorvey and Sarah Jane Agnew plays Sarah Weddington in “Roe” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Jenny Graham)
From left, Stacey Yen,  Georgia Engel and Joe Paulik star in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “John.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Georgia Engel’s quirky innkeeper fuels ACT’s ‘John’

There’s something decidedly odd about the bed and breakfast -– and its…

From left, Stacey Yen,  Georgia Engel and Joe Paulik star in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “John.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
SF Opera Lab presents the local premiere of “The Source,” an evocative multimedia oratorio. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)

Manning’s Iraq war leaks come to life with modern music

When the news of Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks first made headlines, the…

SF Opera Lab presents the local premiere of “The Source,” an evocative multimedia oratorio. (Courtesy Stefan Cohen)
Anthony Fusco is multifaceted as a pastor of a contemporary church facing challenges, and Stephanie Prentice is good as his wife, in “The Christians” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

SF Playhouse’s ‘Christians’ takes on trials of modern faith

In the beginning of “The Christians,” the leader of an Evangelical church…

Anthony Fusco is multifaceted as a pastor of a contemporary church facing challenges, and Stephanie Prentice is good as his wife, in “The Christians” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Monique Hafen and Jeffrey Brian Adams appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s “She Loves Me.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

SF Playhouse’s ‘She Loves Me’ a sweet holiday treat

Look out, Ebenezer Scrooge, and move over, Nutcracker. “She Loves Me,” which…

Monique Hafen and Jeffrey Brian Adams appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s “She Loves Me.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)