Robert Sokol

‘Great Leap’ mixes hoops and hopes at ACT

Politics, culture clashes and generational divides are recurring themes for playwright Lauren…

Steves and laughs abound in NCTC’s ‘Steve’

Meet Steven (Greg Ayers), a quip-prone, middle-aged gay man with middle-aged angst…

‘Marie and Rosetta’ explores power of music, friendship

It’s always a pleasure to discover new talent, and that pleasure is…

A hugely entertaining rock centers ‘Come From Away’

Dismiss all thoughts of Dwayne Johnson or Alcatraz the next time you…

Nothing lands in ‘Miss Saigon’ including the helicopter

Slickly produced and soullessly executed, “Miss Saigon” has constructed her helipad at…

‘Red Scare’ at NCTC needs fine tuning

In his opening night speech, Ed Decker, artistic director at New Conservatory…

Matthew Morrison kicks off Bay Area Cabaret’s 15th season

It’s early in the day when Matthew Morrison comes to the phone…

The music is gonna get you ‘On Your Feet’

There’s a conga line of late-bloomer-Boomer-era song stylists like the Temptations (“Ain’t…

TheatreWorks’ ‘Finks’ winks at history but blinks at drama

Given the feckless state of current congressional committees, a look back into…

Richard Thomas takes on dad role in ‘The Humans’

Acting in an ensemble playing an extended family gathered for a holiday…

‘Pigs’ fly but don’t quite land at NCTC

Porcine aviation is the current goal at New Conservatory Theatre Center, and…

Everything’s alright with Ray of Light’s ‘Superstar’

Among the very first Tim Rice lyrics sung by Judas in “Jesus…

‘The Color Purple’ is true and deep

Love. Family. Redemption. Respect. These are the themes powerfully and often joyfully…

‘Head Over Heels’ has the beat and heart

If you don’t know the music before you enter the Curran, you…

Picturesque ‘Bridges’ needs more troubled waters

Everything about “The Bridges of Madison County” at TheatreWorks in Mountain View…

A brightly shining ‘Star’ for the holidays

In these divisive and uncertain times, a respite of kindness and decency…

Chris Mann makes his own music of the night

For more than three decades, some very handsome actors have gotten ugly…

Brian Stokes Mitchell is fighting the good fight

After you hear Brian Stokes Mitchell singing the Broadway songbook as only…

‘Prince of Egypt’ needs spiritual direction

It’s going to take some divine intervention to guide “The Prince of…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Grandeur’ considers fame and failure

One man sits in the center of a darkened apartment. Another struggles…