Jean Schiffman

Aurora Theatre’s ‘A Number’ intrigues

The works of acclaimed British playwright Caryl Churchill tease the brain--she explores…

‘Skeleton Crew’ gets to heart of Detroit auto workers

By the second act of Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 Obie Award-winning “Skeleton Crew,”…

Crowded Fire explodes with timely feminist ‘Revolt’

British playwright Alice Birch’s pointedly titled “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” --…

David Allen’s ‘Ghost Light’ photos illuminate Bay Area actors

For his exhibit “Ghost Light,” performing arts photographer David Allen went old-school:…

Word for Word’s stories touch the heart

Word for Word, now 25 years old, has a winner on its…

‘Star Trek’ parody provides comic relief 

On opening night of the Drag Kings’ wacky and wonderful parody of…

‘Non-Player Character’ a clever foray into the world of video games

For the uninitiated, a “non-player character” is one controlled by a video…

Time-traveling ‘Reel to Reel’ gets lost in the future

If you can never know what another couple’s marriage is like, your…

SF Playhouse’s funny ‘Born Yesterday’ strikes modern note

As San Francisco Playhouse Artistic Director Bill English explains in the program…

ACT masters nuances in Pinter’s ‘Birthday Party’

The second act of the late British playwright Harold Pinter’s three-act play…

Felder in sensitive tune in ‘Great Tchaikovsky’

We in the Bay Area have had the privilege of seeing only…

Marga Gomez’s lovable ‘Latin Standards’

To put comedian-performer Marga Gomez’s wonderful new autobiographical solo, “Latin Standards,” into…

Solo performers take spotlight in PlayGround fest

Recently PlayGround decided to create a pop-up event. “We looked at the…

Short plays in ‘Participants’ take on today’s politics

You might guess, by the title “Participants,” that audience interaction is involved.…

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Watch on the Rhine’ sadly relevant

As the always politically conscious Berkeley Repertory Theatre expected, American playwright Lillian…

Hilarity ensues in TheatreWorks ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley deserves to have a holiday hit on its hands…

Solo performance illuminates Magic’s ‘Eva Trilogy’

“Eden,” the beautiful, poetic first play in Barbara Hammond’s “The Eva Trilogy,”…

‘Obligation’ a worthy Holocaust remembrance

Roger Grunwald’s one-actor, multi-character “The Obligation” is the latest addition to the…

Daniel Handler’s ‘Dead Rabbit’ an absurdist delight at Berkeley Rep

“I am the ghost of the dead rabbit!” proclaims an earnest actor…

Debórah Eliezer evocatively explores history, identity

Debórah Eliezer’s metatheatrical, autobiographical performance piece “(dis)Place[d]” -- part of a foolsFURY…