Jean Schiffman

International artists take over Fort Mason

Theater, dance, music, spoken-word performers explore ‘path to democracy’

‘Who Killed Sylvia Plath?’ tells poignant story

Lorri Holt is excellent as late ‘Bell Jar’ poet

Realism and superheroes don’t jibe in ‘Supremacy’

Playwright Jason Mendez tackles too much in Exit Theatre premiere

‘Life Sucks’ amusingly updates ‘Uncle Vanya’

Custom Made takes playful approach with Aaron Posner’s adaptation

‘Significant Other’ a funny, tender look at love and friendship

San Francisco Playhouse production gets the details just right

Kate Hamill’s ‘Vanity Fair’ resonates in 21st century

ACT’s adaptation of Victorian novel is over the top yet amusing

‘Undiscovered Country’ a Shakespeare-Wild West mashup

We Players’ period piece is evocative, unexpected

Hershey Felder charms as Debussy in ‘A Paris Love Story’

Another great musical show from the performer, pianist, playwright

Mystical connection emerges in Magic Theatre’s ‘In Old Age’

“What sort of man are you?” The aged Abasiama asks that question,…

Theatre of Yugen’s ‘Helen’ offers funny, feminist perspective

“Nothing ever happens!” wails the title character in actor-playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s “Helen.”…

‘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…