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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)
Curious Flights presents the Bay Area premiere of “The Airborne Symphony,” a 1946 work for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator by American composer Marc Blitzstein. (Courtesy Katherine Lawhead)

‘Airborne Symphony’ takes off in SF at last

The music of Marc Blitzstein isn’t often performed in the Bay Area,…

Curious Flights presents the Bay Area premiere of “The Airborne Symphony,” a 1946 work for orchestra, chorus, soloists and narrator by American composer Marc Blitzstein. (Courtesy Katherine Lawhead)
Zak Resnick and Margo Seibert play a couple in transition in “The Last Five Years.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

An uneven uncoupling in ACT’S ‘Last Five Years’

Time works in mysterious ways in “The Last Five Years.” Jason Robert…

Zak Resnick and Margo Seibert play a couple in transition in “The Last Five Years.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
From left, James Gleason, Sean Hayes and David Josefsberg appear in “An Act of God” at the Golden Gate. (Courtesy Jim Cox)

Divine laughs with Sean Hayes in ‘Act of God’

God has landed in San Francisco, and he’s got issues. In “An…

From left, James Gleason, Sean Hayes and David Josefsberg appear in “An Act of God” at the Golden Gate. (Courtesy Jim Cox)
Martha Brigham, left, and Nancy Carlin are excellent as scholars working in evolutionary biology in Aurora Theatre’s “The How and The Why.” (Courtesy David Allen)

‘How and Why’ explores issues of biology, and much more

Nature and nurture are in conflict in “The How and the Why”…

Martha Brigham, left, and Nancy Carlin are excellent as scholars working in evolutionary biology in Aurora Theatre’s “The How and The Why.” (Courtesy David Allen)
Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand appear in “Macbeth” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy kevinberne.com)

Star-studded ‘Macbeth’ never fires up

The new Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of “Macbeth” opens on a particularly…

Conleth Hill and Frances McDormand appear in “Macbeth” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy kevinberne.com)
“The Unfortunates” at American Conservatory Theater features (back row) from left, Eddie Lopez, Arthur Wise, Danielle Herbert, Lauren Hart, Amy Lizardo and Taylor Iman Jones, and (front) from left, Christopher Livingston and Jon Beavers. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

‘Unfortunates’ a satisfying, surreal musical folk tale

The music moves in mysterious ways in “The Unfortunates.” So do the…

“The Unfortunates” at American Conservatory Theater features (back row) from left, Eddie Lopez, Arthur Wise, Danielle Herbert, Lauren Hart, Amy Lizardo and Taylor Iman Jones, and (front) from left, Christopher Livingston and Jon Beavers. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Marilee Talkington and Joe Estlack appear in Aurora Theatre Co.’s premiere of “Little Erik.” (Courtesy David Allen)

‘Little Erik’ updates Ibsen drama to modern-day S.F.

An unhappy marriage cracks like thin ice on a frozen river in…

Marilee Talkington and Joe Estlack appear in Aurora Theatre Co.’s premiere of “Little Erik.” (Courtesy David Allen)
In San Francisco Playhouse’s invigorating “Stage Kiss,” Carrie Paff and Gabriel Marin play actors and former exes who are reunited when they get cast together in a new production. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

‘Stage Kiss’ a charming valentine to theater

In “Stage Kiss,” a kiss is more -- much more -- than…

In San Francisco Playhouse’s invigorating “Stage Kiss,” Carrie Paff and Gabriel Marin play actors and former exes who are reunited when they get cast together in a new production. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Tracy Hazas and Danny Scheie appear in Aurora Theatre Company’s local premiere of “The Monster-Builder.” (Courtesy David Allen)

‘Monster-Builder’ a raucous romp about art and architecture

There’s a moment in Aurora Theatre Company’s production of “The Monster-Builder” in…

Tracy Hazas and Danny Scheie appear in Aurora Theatre Company’s local premiere of “The Monster-Builder.” (Courtesy David Allen)
Carl Lumbly, far left, heads up a terrific cast, including Lakin Valdez, center, and Samuel Ray Gates. in American Conservatory Theater’s stellar production of “Between Riverside and Crazy.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne}

‘Riverside’ kicks off ACT season brilliantly

If the new American Conservatory Theater production of “Between Riverside and Crazy”…

Carl Lumbly, far left, heads up a terrific cast, including Lakin Valdez, center, and Samuel Ray Gates. in American Conservatory Theater’s stellar production of “Between Riverside and Crazy.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne}
From left, Jamie Jones, Rebecca Dines, Devin O’Brien and Laura Jane Bailey are the capable ensemble in Aurora Theatre Company’s local premiere of “Mud Blue Sky.” (Courtesy David Allen)

Flight attendants’ lives come to light in ‘Mud Blue Sky’

It’s not all friendly skies for the women of “Mud Blue Sky.”…

From left, Jamie Jones, Rebecca Dines, Devin O’Brien and Laura Jane Bailey are the capable ensemble in Aurora Theatre Company’s local premiere of “Mud Blue Sky.” (Courtesy David Allen)
Danny Scheie, left, and Liam Vincent make comic magic in all of the roles in California Shakespeare Theater’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” {Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Cal Shakes stages wild, wonderful ‘Irma Vep’

The weather was clear and balmy for last weekend’s opening of “The…

Danny Scheie, left, and Liam Vincent make comic magic in all of the roles in California Shakespeare Theater’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” {Courtesy Kevin Berne)
Anna Deavere Smith portrays many characters, including Kevin Moore, videographer of the Freddie Gray beating, in the evocative “Notes from the Field” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy kevinberne.com)

Anna Deavere Smith boldly seeks justice in ‘Notes from the Field’

Anna Deavere Smith is back at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and that’s good…

Anna Deavere Smith portrays many characters, including Kevin Moore, videographer of the Freddie Gray beating, in the evocative “Notes from the Field” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Courtesy kevinberne.com)