Jean Schiffman

Classics and more in classy Oregon Shakespeare fest

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

‘Dry Powder’ a chilling look at high finance

At one point in Sarah Burgess’ little gem of a play, “Dry…

‘Good. Better. Best. Bested.’ a wild and whimsical Las Vegas-set comedy

Don’t worry about the awkward title. Jonathan Spector’s “Good. Better. Best. Bested.,”…

Cal Shakes’ ‘Quixote Nuevo’ fanciful yet inconsistent

In California Shakespeare Theater’s production of Octavio Solis’ gorgeous tapestry of a…

‘A Lesson from Aloes’ an ultimately affecting look at racism

In white South African playwright Athol Fugard’s 1979 three-hander “A Lesson from…

‘The Humans’ foibles are all in the family

The humans who comprise the loving, rambunctious Irish-American Blake family in playwright…

Over-the-top teen angst in Shotgun Players’ ‘Dry Land’

Unwanted pregnancy, confused sexuality, the yearning for a sense of belonging and…

‘Entomologist’s Love Story’ an affecting look at meeting and mating

“An Entomologist’s Love Story,” Melissa Ross’ world premiere at San Francisco Playhouse,…

Heidi Schreck’s ‘Constitution’ entertains, enlightens

“This is not a play,” announces playwright-performer Heidi Schreck at the beginning…

‘Marjorie Prime’ provocatively mixes sci-fi, family drama

An elderly mother, Marjorie, has early-stage dementia. What does she remember, what…

‘Two Minds’ glimpses at complex psychologists

The brain teasers come fast and furious in local playwright Lynne Kaufman’s…

We Players’ ‘Roman Women’ enthrall at Palace of Fine Arts

There’s an incantatory, mesmerizing quality to We Players’ “Roman Women,” which, with…

ACT’s ‘Father Comes Home’ a gripping Civil War epic

In Suzan-Lori Parks’ engrossing drama “Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts…

Hilarity ensues in Joan Crawford ‘Trog!’ spoof

As drag parodies go, producer D’Arcy Drollinger and the usual team of…

Pesky Middle East politics at center in funny ‘Love, Bombs & Apples’

The title “Love, Bombs & Apples” doesn’t convey the scope of the…

‘Eureka Day’ cleverly balances comedy, tragedy and political correctness

There’s a scene toward the end of the first act in local…

Epic immigrant story loses focus in Magic’s ‘Gangster of Love’

The most interesting character in “The Gangster of Love,” Jessica Hagedorn’s Magic…

‘Iron Shoes’ a magical, modern fairy tale

Shotgun Players’ latest world premiere “Iron Shoes,” a multidisciplinary fairytale for modern…

Intriguing ‘Effect’ explores science of human feelings

British playwright Lucy Prebble has achieved the rare feat, in her 2012…

Much about ACT’s ‘Heisenberg’ feels very familiar

You don’t need to know anything about early-20th-century German physicist Werner Heisenberg’s…