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Kelsey Grammer sings with the symphony

Captain Picard is beaming up Frasier Crane to open the San Francisco…

Meet Minnie Driver, singer-songwriter

Judging solely by big screen appearances two decades apart, Minnie Driver’s talents…

‘Phantom’ re-imagined for a new generation

When the auction began onstage at the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, the…

Hillbarn Theatre looks forward to 75 years more

Making theater is a risky business. Doing so successfully for 75 years…

Broadway By the Bay’s ‘West Side Story’ an exciting rumble

“West Side Story” is a classic -- so much so that five…

Feiffer-Lippa collaboration highlights TheatreWorks’ new works fest

The Bay Area is among the top theater centers in the country,…

Justin Sayre convenes ‘Meeting*’ of comic minds

The meeting will now come to order. Actually, “The Meeting*” will come…

More funny things need to happen in ‘Forum’

People who accuse Stephen Sondheim of being too highbrow have usually not…

Ubuntu Theater Project summons ‘Ghosts’

On a minimal set with few technical flourishes, Ubuntu Theater Project has…

Sheena Easton celebrates music of Bond and beyond

From James Bond to Simon Templar, screen spies have always shared a…

‘Matilda’ falls short despite music, talented cast

A hit on London’s West End and on Broadway, the telekinetic bookworm…

Love, marriage side by side in SF Playhouse’s lively ‘Company’

Looking for a musical summer cocktail? Blend five parts marriage with three…

‘Triangle’ sings of a memorable stitch in time

The New York immigrant experience of last century has been explored in…

FaultLine’s ‘Shiner’ packs an emotional punch

Margot and Jake have it all figured out. Their 13-year-old lives suck…

Fun woman vs. machine smackdown in ‘Desk Set’

If Bunny Watson’s coworkers were threatened by EMERAC (a fictionalized version of…

Ethel Merman musical biography not yet coming up roses

Ethel Merman introduced some of the best songs ever written by the…

‘Freedomland’ asks tough questions amid music, laughs

How can we live in a world like this? That’s the question,…

Mime Troupe’s ‘Freedomland’ explores the farce of racism

Producing a play about racism in the summer of 2015 might seem…

‘Jersey Boys’ star Jarrod Spector hitting new high notes

Jarrod Spector is living the busy New York actor’s life, dashing from…

Eddie Izzard is a force of nature

Contemplating Eddie Izzard is an invitation to think globally. The English actor…