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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…

‘Roman Holiday’ a mostly charming ride through familiar territory

A handsomely staged musical adaptation of “Roman Holiday” has begun its journey…

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Monsoon Wedding’ precipitates a path to Broadway

More than marigolds rained down on the sari- and sherwani-bedecked cast at…

Stuart Bousel doubles the fun on ‘Twins’

Mix smart, crisply funny dialogue, mythological high jinks, a reality television slant…

Bernadette Peters revels in puppy love, alt-TV success

She’s played the Palace in New York, but never in the one…

Hillbarn’s ‘Sister Act’ contains some blessings

Given its musical plot points and popular soundtrack, the concept of morphing…

Chita Rivera keeps her options open

Chita Rivera shrugs off a question raised by a character in the…

‘Rags’ spotlights immigrant history in richly sung score

Persecuted immigrants flee to America only to discover more persecution. Headline du…

Follow Fiasco’s rewarding trek ‘Into the Woods’

When die-hard Stephen Sondheim fans hear of a major new production of…

Georgia Engel explores sounds of silences in ‘John’

Georgia Engel – in San Francisco for the West Coast premiere of…