Robert Sokol

Redwood City no longer has live theater companies that call the downtown district home base. (Wikimedia Commons)

Broadway by the Bay regroups amid Redwood City’s changing downtown district

Community musical theater troupe seeking new venue, partnerships

Redwood City no longer has live theater companies that call the downtown district home base. (Wikimedia Commons)
Bora “Max” Koknar and Alika U. Spencer-Koknar, co-artistic directors of Dragon Productions, will leave the company at the end of August, at the same time it closes out its lease at 2120 Broadway in Redwood City. (Courtesy Erin Ashford)

Dragon Productions in Redwood City flies in a new direction

Theater troupe plans to innovate, collaborate in wake of leaving downtown premises

Bora “Max” Koknar and Alika U. Spencer-Koknar, co-artistic directors of Dragon Productions, will leave the company at the end of August, at the same time it closes out its lease at 2120 Broadway in Redwood City. (Courtesy Erin Ashford)
Singer Paula West appears in residency at Hotel Nikko this month backed by Adam Shulman on piano, Ed Cherry on guitar, and Jerome Jennings on drums. (Courtesy James Barry Knox Photography)

Paula West opens new room at Hotel Nikko

SF vocal great returns to in-person performance

Singer Paula West appears in residency at Hotel Nikko this month backed by Adam Shulman on piano, Ed Cherry on guitar, and Jerome Jennings on drums. (Courtesy James Barry Knox Photography)
The July lineup at Feinstein’s at the Nikko includes, clockwise from left, Liz Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Tuck & Patti, Lillias White and Natalie Douglas.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>

Feinstein’s cabaret stars celebrate coming home to SF

Old friends return to intimate room, with COVID protocols in place

The July lineup at Feinstein’s at the Nikko includes, clockwise from left, Liz Callaway, Eva Noblezada, Tuck & Patti, Lillias White and Natalie Douglas.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
San Francisco publicist extraordinaire Charly Zukow, who’s retiring at the end of March, plans to garden, travel and visit with his grandchildren. <ins>(Courtesy Peter Prato)</ins>

Longtime theater publicist Charly Zukow takes a final bow

Pro credits success to being ‘honest and direct,’ giving ‘150 percent’

San Francisco publicist extraordinaire Charly Zukow, who’s retiring at the end of March, plans to garden, travel and visit with his grandchildren. <ins>(Courtesy Peter Prato)</ins>
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre will become part of the U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group. <ins>(Courtesy Kyle Jeffers)</ins>

U.K. conglomerate acquires Golden Gate, Orpheum theaters

No immediate changes planned for Broadway SF programming

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre will become part of the U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group. <ins>(Courtesy Kyle Jeffers)</ins>
Presenters call “Immersive Van Gogh,” a multimedia attraction on view in The City through Sept. 6, “another form of art.” <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>

‘Immersive Van Gogh’ offers high-tech perspective on classic art

Multimedia attraction showcasing masterworks opens March 18 in S.F.

Presenters call “Immersive Van Gogh,” a multimedia attraction on view in The City through Sept. 6, “another form of art.” <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
An exhibition about rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker remains on view at the recently reopened the GLBT Historical Society Museum in The Castro. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Castro museum reopens its door to LGBTQ history

GLBT Historical Society archives remain closed, but public is welcome back

An exhibition about rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker remains on view at the recently reopened the GLBT Historical Society Museum in The Castro. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz’s surreal show “you & me” will be live streamed from the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose on Monday and Tuesday.                                 Courtesy Marco Hartmann/Mummenschanz

Most shows not going on in Bay Area and beyond

Some local troupes offering live-streaming alternatives

Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz’s surreal show “you & me” will be live streamed from the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose on Monday and Tuesday.                                 Courtesy Marco Hartmann/Mummenschanz
Singer-actress Keala Settle appears in conversation and song at the Herbst Theatre on March 15. (Courtesy photo)

Keala Settle lives the greatest showman’s rule

Singer overcomes fears with success of ‘This Is Me’

Singer-actress Keala Settle appears in conversation and song at the Herbst Theatre on March 15. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Jared Corbin, Melanie Arii Mah and Martha Brigham are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “Gloria.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Comedy, tragedy and lived experience explode in ‘Gloria’

Playwright Jacobs-Jenkins asks pointed questions about telling, and owning, stories

From left, Jared Corbin, Melanie Arii Mah and Martha Brigham are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “Gloria.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
The underwater world of “The SpongeBob Musical,” onstage at the Golden Gate Theatre, is a colorful place. (Courtesy Jeremy Daniel)

Soak up some fun at ‘The SpongeBob Musical’

Cartoon comes to life onstage with great cast, design, tunes

The underwater world of “The SpongeBob Musical,” onstage at the Golden Gate Theatre, is a colorful place. (Courtesy Jeremy Daniel)
From left, James Carpenter, Anne Darragh and Julie Eccles appear in “The Children” at Aurora Theatre Company. (Courtesy Kevin Berne).

Senior scientists reunite post-nuclear disaster in ‘The Children’

Aurora stages West Coast premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s drama about love and responsibility

From left, James Carpenter, Anne Darragh and Julie Eccles appear in “The Children” at Aurora Theatre Company. (Courtesy Kevin Berne).
Justin Katz, left, and Mike Gaines originated The Edwardian Ball, running Jan. 24-25 at the Regency Ballroom. (Courtesy Marco Sanchez)

Edwardian Ball welcomes guests of all stripes

At 20 years, epoch bash is wild, warm and welcoming

Justin Katz, left, and Mike Gaines originated The Edwardian Ball, running Jan. 24-25 at the Regency Ballroom. (Courtesy Marco Sanchez)
LaChaze brings her semi-autobiographical cabaret act to The City. (Courtesy photo)

Tony winner LaChanze is ‘Feeling Good’

Broadway star makes SF Bay Area Cabaret debut

LaChaze brings her semi-autobiographical cabaret act to The City. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Amy Meyers, Cheryl Smith, Alison Whismore and Christine Macomber appear in “This Side of Crazy” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. (Courtesy Lois Tema)

‘This Side of Crazy’ needs tightening

NCTC premieres Del Shores’ less sordid, too long saga

From left, Amy Meyers, Cheryl Smith, Alison Whismore and Christine Macomber appear in “This Side of Crazy” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. (Courtesy Lois Tema)
American Conservatory Theater’s “Top Girls” features (top row, from left) Monique Hafen Adams, Lily Harris, Michelle Beck, Julia McNeal, Summer Brown, Monica Lin and Rosie Hallett; and, kneeling, from left, Gabriella Momah and Nafeesa Monroe. (Courtesy Robert Sokol, BAYSTAGES)

ACT’s ‘Top Girls’ leads local Caryl Churchill revival

Production offers new take on 1982 award-winner

American Conservatory Theater’s “Top Girls” features (top row, from left) Monique Hafen Adams, Lily Harris, Michelle Beck, Julia McNeal, Summer Brown, Monica Lin and Rosie Hallett; and, kneeling, from left, Gabriella Momah and Nafeesa Monroe. (Courtesy Robert Sokol, BAYSTAGES)
Tovah Feldshuh’s cabaret act offers a peek of “The Queen of Mean,” a musical about Leona Helmsley. (Courtesy photo)

Tovah Feldshuh brings Leona Helmsley to life

‘Walking Dead’ actress previews musical about Queen of Mean

Tovah Feldshuh’s cabaret act offers a peek of “The Queen of Mean,” a musical about Leona Helmsley. (Courtesy photo)
Ray of Light Theatre’s production of “Caroline, or Change,” features, from left, Elizabeth Jones, Cadarious Mayberry and Majesty Scott as The Radio; Jasmyne Brice in the title role; Anthone Jackson as The Dryer and Leslie Ivy as The Washing Machine. (Courtesy Nick Otto)

‘Caroline’ needs change

Ambitious Ray of Light production suffers from sound challenges

Ray of Light Theatre’s production of “Caroline, or Change,” features, from left, Elizabeth Jones, Cadarious Mayberry and Majesty Scott as The Radio; Jasmyne Brice in the title role; Anthone Jackson as The Dryer and Leslie Ivy as The Washing Machine. (Courtesy Nick Otto)
Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Francis Turnly’s “The Great Wave.” (Courtesy Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

‘Great Wave’ playwright wants to wash away stereotypes

Francis Turnly’s drama touches on Japanese, North Korean relations

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Francis Turnly’s “The Great Wave.” (Courtesy Berkeley Repertory Theatre)