Jean Schiffman

‘Transfers’ compellingly asks: Who gets the elite education?

By the time the first scene of Lucy Thurber’s intriguing drama “Transfers”…

Changes continue in Bay Area theater artistic leadership

The latest artistic director to be hired at a local theater, amid…

Nigerian family’s conflicting emotions fuel ‘Her Portmanteau’

There’s an exquisite scene in the middle of “Her Portmanteau,” playwright Mfoniso…

Imagination flags in Utopia Theatre’s ‘Every Day Alice’

It’s a great idea for a play: a writer named Alice, who’s…

Classy performances light up shallow ‘Violet’

First the good news: Bay Area Musicals, now in its fourth season,…

Fine acting, contrived premise in ‘White Girl’s Guide’

What might compel a white American teenage girl to join terrorists in…

Aurora Theatre stages Strindberg’s intense ‘Creditors’

Many of the works of the dark and often misogynistic 19th-century Swedish…

MacKinnon kicks off ACT tenure with Albee’s striking ‘Seascape’

What longtime American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff was to British…

Enthralling Dan Hoyle becomes border people

Solo playwright-performer Dan Hoyle is such a gifted actor, so transformative and…

Women’s lib comes alive in sensitive ‘When We Were Young’

If Sarah Treem’s engaging 2014 drama onstage at Custom Made Theatre Co.…

Berkeley Rep’s new musical ‘Paradise Square’ involving and overwhelming

“Paradise Square,” the world-premiere musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is so emotionally…

Undead resemble people in ‘Vampire Christmas’

Vampires have issues, too. In Stuart Bousel and Allison Page’s new holiday…

Wise guys musical ‘Bronx Tale’ could use more dimension

“This is just another Bronx tale,” sings actor Joey Barreiro as Calogero,…

Conflict too cool in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk’

A less poetic but more accurate title for Mona Mansour’s quasi-metatheatrical play…

History comes alive in magical S.F. Ghost Hunt

Actor, magician, storyteller extraordinaire Christian Cagigal, owner-operator of the 20-year-old San Francisco…

ACT’s ‘Sweat’ compassionately deconstructs American Dream

“Three generations of loyalty to the same company,” says Stan (Rod Gnapp),…

An unhappy family comes to life in Cutting Ball’s ‘Uncle Vanya’

The plays of late-19th-century Russian writer Anton Chekhov are so rich with…

Troubling Tennessee Williams’ ‘Baby Doll’ at Shelton Theater

One thing’s for sure: Tennessee Williams loved his female characters -- the…

Fall 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

Musicals, dramas, premieres and revivals are among the season’s bounty of theater…

Classics and more in classy Oregon Shakespeare fest

Even a whirlwind trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland offers…