Jean Schiffman

Maureen Langan an engaging garbageman’s daughter

The title of Maureen Langan’s solo show, “Daughter of a Garbageman,” now…

Science is funny in Custom Made’s ‘Isaac’s Eye’

There’s a welcome mini-Lucas Hnath Festival going here, what with the playwright’s…

Funny, foul-mouthed puppet stirs ‘Hand to God’

Whoever would have thought a simple sock puppet could be so vicious,…

Magic starts golden season with searing Shepard

“I don’t love you. I don’t need you. I don’t want you,”…

Personal and universal ‘Fun Home’ reopens Curran with panache

“He was gay. I was gay. He killed himself. I became a…

Cutting Ball’s iconoclastic ‘Hedda’ confuses

Audiences of “Hedda Gabler” at Cutting Ball Theater might think that director…

Bill Irwin clowns around in ‘On Beckett’

If only all university lectures could be as enlightening, as engrossing as…

Ancient poetry, erotic desire inspire ‘Love Sick’

“Love Sick” is poetry, storytelling, concert and a dramatic presentation. “There’s no…

‘Belleville’ a disturbing (and funny) look at modern living

The minute the lights go up on playwright Amy Herzog’s “Belleville” at…

Sandra Tsing Loh an amusing ‘Madwoman in the Volvo’

“You’re in a hormonal storm,” writer-performer Sandra Tsing Loh’s friend informs her…

A true-to-life visit to a Prohibition bar

I met the man in the blue hat at the appointed hour…

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Adolphus Tips’ is, indeed, amazing

On a farm near a beach in South Devon, Lily, a 12-year-old…

EXIT Theatre’s ‘Paradise Street’ loses laughs amid chaos

The works of British-born playwright Clive Barker, who’s also a horror-fiction writer,…

Plentiful ideas, little heat in ACT’s ‘Hard Problem’

How engaging you find Tom Stoppard’s latest play, “The Hard Problem,” now…

‘Our Enemies’ asks: Who speaks for Middle Easterners?

Egyptian-American playwright Yussef El Guindi’s 2008 satirical comedy-drama “Our Enemies: Lively Scenes…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Nogales’ takes on border town issues

Richard Montoya, of the iconic Los Angeles-based performance group Culture Clash, is…

‘Outside Mullingar’ a touching slice of Irish life

Sentimental, yes, and predictable, yet altogether beguiling, John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy…

SF Playhouse’s ‘Seared’ a luscious, satisfying treat

San Francisco Playhouse just opened its new season with a world premiere…

‘It Can’t Happen Here’ oddly irrelevant in today’s troubled political times

When the large, multi-racial cast assembles onstage at the start of Berkeley…

Crowded Fire takes on racial stereotypes in provocative ‘Shipment’

Any play by experimentalist Young Jean Lee, the Korean-born New Yorker who…