Magic Theatre

Epic immigrant story loses focus in Magic’s ‘Gangster of Love’

The most interesting character in “The Gangster of Love,” Jessica Hagedorn’s Magic…

 

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

The theater season serves up major tours, offbeat experiments, musicals, comedy and…

 

Solo performance illuminates Magic’s ‘Eva Trilogy’

“Eden,” the beautiful, poetic first play in Barbara Hammond’s “The Eva Trilogy,”…

 

Remembering Sam Shepard, man of the West

Literary, theater and film folks are mourning the death of the great…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Grandeur’ considers fame and failure

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

‘Baltimore Waltz’ gets a little too wacky

Play endings are notoriously hard to write. But in director Jonathan Moscone’s…

Magic starts golden season with searing Shepard

“I don’t love you. I don’t need you. I don’t want you,”…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Nogales’ takes on border town issues

Richard Montoya, of the iconic Los Angeles-based performance group Culture Clash, is…

Marcos era doesn’t come into focus in ‘Dogeaters’

Enough happens in Jessica Hagedorn’s 1998 drama “Dogeaters,” now in a revised…

Poignant, funny ‘Bright Half Life’

New York playwright Tanya Barfield’s “Bright Half Life,” now in a Magic…

Denizens of ‘Fred’s Diner’ are wonderfully human

In “Fred’s Diner,” each of the three women working long hours in…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Golden’ trilogy gets off to intriguing start

“Jesus lives here!” shouts a hyped-up, sweating Pastor Elias, delivering a sermon…

Family dynamics take original twist in ‘Sister Play’

The two thirtysomething sisters in John Kolvenbach’s new two-act play, “Sister Play”–…

Magic stages Sam Shepard’s ‘Lie’ with gusto

There’s a quiet, tender moment toward the end of Sam Shepard’s wounded-family…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Silence’ succumbs to melodrama

The foreboding title “And I and Silence” hints at the dark nature…

Magic Theatre’s ‘Bad Jews’ a funny, biting family dramedy

Who exactly are the “Bad Jews” in Joshua Harmon’s dysfunctional-Jewish-family comedy-drama, a…

Strong acting buoys Magic Theatre’s ‘pen/man/ship’

“I am a Negro man from an elite class!” proclaims the alcoholic,…

‘Every Five Minutes’ intensely captures a man’s traumatic plight

In the world premiere of Scottish playwright Linda McLean’s uncompromising depiction of…

‘Hir’ entertains with dysfunction

It felt like vintage Magic Theatre at the world premiere of “Hir,”…

‘Buried Child’ kicks off Magic season with gusto

It’s odd to see a play at San Francisco’s venerable Magic Theatre…