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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)
From left, David Everett Moore, Dawn L. Troupe and Lance Gardner appear in Aurora Theatre Company’s West Coast premiere of “Safe House.” (Courtesy David Allen)

No one is really free in dangerous ‘Safe House’

The Kentucky of “Safe House” -- onstage at Aurora Theatre Co. in…

From left, David Everett Moore, Dawn L. Troupe and Lance Gardner appear in Aurora Theatre Company’s West Coast premiere of “Safe House.” (Courtesy David Allen)
California Shakespeare Theater’s “Othello” has a fine ensemble, including: seated (from left) Liz Sklar, Aldo Billingslea and Elizabeth Carter and, standing (from left) James Carpenter and Lance Gardner. (Courtesy Allesandra Mello)

Cal Shakes brings ‘Othello’ to 21st century

The cast assembles in everyday street clothes, looking like they’ve just arrived…

California Shakespeare Theater’s “Othello” has a fine ensemble, including: seated (from left) Liz Sklar, Aldo Billingslea and Elizabeth Carter and, standing (from left) James Carpenter and Lance Gardner. (Courtesy Allesandra Mello)
Michael Ray Wisely and Kimberly King play Gustave Flaubert and George Sand in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “Dear Master.” (Courtesy David Allen)

Aurora begins 25th season with ‘Dear Master’ revival

Twenty-five years ago, a new company emerged on the Bay Area theater…

Michael Ray Wisely and Kimberly King play Gustave Flaubert and George Sand in Aurora Theatre Co.’s “Dear Master.” (Courtesy David Allen)
Megan Wicks and August Browning appear in “The Speakeasy,” an interactive show set during Prohibition. (Courtesy Peter Liu)

Fall 2016 Theater Preview

The season serves up musicals, dramas, revivals, comedies and a classic or…

Megan Wicks and August Browning appear in “The Speakeasy,” an interactive show set during Prohibition. (Courtesy Peter Liu)
John Leguizamo offers amusing lessons in Latin American history in his one-man show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

John Leguizamo’s funny, educational ‘Latin History’

For many of us, back to school is still some weeks away.…

John Leguizamo offers amusing lessons in Latin American history in his one-man show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
David Strathairn, left,  and Dan Clegg appear in American Conservatory Theater’s premiere of “Chester Bailey.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

ACT’s ‘Chester Bailey’ muses on memory

When we first lay eyes on him, the title character of “Chester…

David Strathairn, left,  and Dan Clegg appear in American Conservatory Theater’s premiere of “Chester Bailey.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
From left, James Carpenter, Safiya Fredericks, Denmo Ibrahim, Anthony Fusco, Rami Margron, Lance Gardner and Stacy Ross are excellent in California Shakespeare Theater’s innovative adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)

Cal Shakes’ cross-gender ‘Much Ado’ both funny and deep

If you’ve been attending theater in the Bay Area for any length…

From left, James Carpenter, Safiya Fredericks, Denmo Ibrahim, Anthony Fusco, Rami Margron, Lance Gardner and Stacy Ross are excellent in California Shakespeare Theater’s innovative adaptation of “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)