Bill English

From left, Charisse Loriaux, Cassidy Brown, Jomar Tagatac and Katie Rubin are excellent in “You Mean to Do Me Harm.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)

Relationships unravel in SF Playhouse’s ‘You Mean to Do Me Harm’

The personal and political dialogue between and among two interracial couples of…

 

John Bambery portrays Georges Seurat and Nanci Zoppi plays his lover Dot in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Sunday in the Park with George.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)

‘Sunday in the Park’ colorfully explores meaning of art

Being an artist has never been easy. Consider Georges Seurat, the 19th-century…

 

Joe Estlack and Connie Hall play participants in a clinical trial for an antidepressant in “The Effect” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

Intriguing ‘Effect’ explores science of human feelings

British playwright Lucy Prebble has achieved the rare feat, in her 2012…

 

Clockwise (from top left), Nikita Burshteyn, Ryan Drummond, Samantha Rose and John Treacy Egan play the happy family in San Francisco Playhouse’s “La Cage Aux Folles.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

Best of times at SF Playhouse’s ‘La Cage aux Folles’

San Francisco Playhouse has turned its cozy second floor theater into a…

Clockwise (from top left), Nikita Burshteyn, Ryan Drummond, Samantha Rose and John Treacy Egan play the happy family in San Francisco Playhouse’s “La Cage Aux Folles.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
From left, James Asher, Charisse Loriaux, Lauren English and Don Castro appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s intriguing “You Mean to Do Me Harm.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)

Personal views reflect political reality in witty ‘Harm’

It’s no small accomplishment to create deeply human characters and personal conflicts…

From left, James Asher, Charisse Loriaux, Lauren English and Don Castro appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s intriguing “You Mean to Do Me Harm.” (Courtesy Ken Levin)
Anthony Fusco is multifaceted as a pastor of a contemporary church facing challenges, and Stephanie Prentice is good as his wife, in “The Christians” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

SF Playhouse’s ‘Christians’ takes on trials of modern faith

In the beginning of “The Christians,” the leader of an Evangelical church…

Anthony Fusco is multifaceted as a pastor of a contemporary church facing challenges, and Stephanie Prentice is good as his wife, in “The Christians” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Carmen Steele and Warren David Keith appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s provocative “The Nether.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

‘The Nether’ takes intriguing journey through virtual reality

Jennifer Haley’s 2012 award-winner, “The Nether,” is deceptively formulaic at first: In…

Carmen Steele and Warren David Keith appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s provocative “The Nether.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Jeffrey Brian Adams and Caitlin Brooke are superb in San Francisco Playhouse’s local premiere of the musical “Dogfight.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

‘Dogfight’ a sentimental, authentic charmer

A love story with unorthodox, yet real, characters is a rare thing…

Jeffrey Brian Adams and Caitlin Brooke are superb in San Francisco Playhouse’s local premiere of the musical “Dogfight.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIJohnny “Rooster” (Brian Dykstra) dances with the May Queen (Julia Belanoff) in San Francisco Playhouse’s thrilling production of “Jerusalem.”

January 28: 'Jerusalem' and other SF events

Who’s in town Comedian Mike Birbiglia performs “Thank God for Jokes” in…

COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIJohnny “Rooster” (Brian Dykstra) dances with the May Queen (Julia Belanoff) in San Francisco Playhouse’s thrilling production of “Jerusalem.”
COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIJohnny “Rooster” (Brian Dykstra) dances with the May Queen (Julia Belanoff) in San Francisco Playhouse’s thrilling production of “Jerusalem.”

SF Playhouse produces epic ‘Jerusalem’

“Big” and “mythic” is how San Francisco Playhouse co-founder Bill English describes…

COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIJohnny “Rooster” (Brian Dykstra) dances with the May Queen (Julia Belanoff) in San Francisco Playhouse’s thrilling production of “Jerusalem.”
Courtesy PhotoNew home: San Francisco Playhouse co-founders Susi Damilano and Bill English enjoy plentiful space in the 450 Post St. theater.

Bigger, better digs for SF Playhouse

Challenging as it is for a small nonprofit theater to take a…

Courtesy PhotoNew home: San Francisco Playhouse co-founders Susi Damilano and Bill English enjoy plentiful space in the 450 Post St. theater.
COURTESY MARK KITAOKA AND TRACY MARTINBroadway By the Bay is staging Lerner and Loewe's classic musical “My Fair Lady.”

Less is more for local production of ‘My Fair Lady’

A big musical in miniature, up close and personal, SF Playhouse’s “My…

COURTESY MARK KITAOKA AND TRACY MARTINBroadway By the Bay is staging Lerner and Loewe's classic musical “My Fair Lady.”

Bill English pushes theater in a new direction

Under English’s direction, San Francisco Playhouse has entered the age of social…