Susi Damilano

From left, Ruth Keith, El Beh and David Rukin are charming in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Mary Poppins.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

Jolly holiday with SF Playhouse’s ‘Mary Poppins’

Like its famous source material, San Francisco Playhouse’s stage musical “Mary Poppins”…

 

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…

 

From left, Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, Adrian Roberts, Kehinde Koyejo and Halili Knox appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s provocative comedy “Barbecue.” (Courtesy Ken Levin/San Francisco Playhouse)

SF Playhouse ‘Barbecue’ a smokin’ satire

The sly playwright Robert O’Hara seems to have multiple intentions in his…

 

Julia Brothers, left, and Susi Damilano star in San Francisco Playhouse’s “The Roommate.”  (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

SF Playhouse’s fun ‘Roommate’ takes inconceivable turn

In the first half of playwright Jen Silverman’s two-hander “The Roommate,” now…

Julia Brothers, left, and Susi Damilano star in San Francisco Playhouse’s “The Roommate.”  (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
San Francisco Playhouse’s Susi Damilano shows off the model of the set for the upcoming production of “Noises Off.” (Courtesy Janos Gereben)

Producing ‘Noises Off’ like solving a fun puzzle

Nonstop pratfalls, doors that open inadvertently or don’t work and disappearing plates…

San Francisco Playhouse’s Susi Damilano shows off the model of the set for the upcoming production of “Noises Off.” (Courtesy Janos Gereben)
Monique Hafen and Jeffrey Brian Adams appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s “She Loves Me.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

SF Playhouse’s ‘She Loves Me’ a sweet holiday treat

Look out, Ebenezer Scrooge, and move over, Nutcracker. “She Loves Me,” which…

Monique Hafen and Jeffrey Brian Adams appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s “She Loves Me.” (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Carl Lumbly plays 19th-century actor Ira Aldridge and Elena Wright plays a reporter hearing his story in “Red Velvet” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Ken Levin)

A black actor sparks drama in ‘Red Velvet’

“Red Velvet’ is based on the true story of a little-known classical…

Carl Lumbly plays 19th-century actor Ira Aldridge and Elena Wright plays a reporter hearing his story in “Red Velvet” at San Francisco Playhouse. (Courtesy Ken Levin)
In San Francisco Playhouse’s invigorating “Stage Kiss,” Carrie Paff and Gabriel Marin play actors and former exes who are reunited when they get cast together in a new production. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

‘Stage Kiss’ a charming valentine to theater

In “Stage Kiss,” a kiss is more -- much more -- than…

In San Francisco Playhouse’s invigorating “Stage Kiss,” Carrie Paff and Gabriel Marin play actors and former exes who are reunited when they get cast together in a new production. (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Keith Pinto, left, and Ryan Drummond appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s engaging production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”   (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)

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

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

Keith Pinto, left, and Ryan Drummond appear in San Francisco Playhouse’s engaging production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”   (Courtesy Jessica Palopoli)
Keith Pinto plays the lead in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Company.”   (Courtesy Lauren English, Fei Cai)

SF Playhouse closes season with ‘Company’

In an effort to present the best of American musical theater, is…

Keith Pinto plays the lead in San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Company.”   (Courtesy Lauren English, Fei Cai)
COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIWolves (Ryan McCrary and Jeffrey Brian Adams) meet Little Red Ridinghood (Corinne Proctor) in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Into the Woods.”

SF Playhouse makes happy journey ‘Into the Woods’

With a Disney-fied big-screen version looming for Christmas, San Francisco Playhouse’s summer…

COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIWolves (Ryan McCrary and Jeffrey Brian Adams) meet Little Red Ridinghood (Corinne Proctor) in San Francisco Playhouse’s “Into the Woods.”
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‘Abigail’s Party’ swings with satire, bad manners

The booze flows freely in “Abigail’s Party.” So do the barbs, in…

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Courtesy PhotoCraig Marker and Lauren English are excellent as a fighting couple in “Reasons To Be Pretty” onstage at SF Playhouse.

'Reasons to be Pretty’ a sad and funny look at relationships

In a society as beauty-obsessed as ours, the fairly simple story that…

Courtesy PhotoCraig Marker and Lauren English are excellent as a fighting couple in “Reasons To Be Pretty” onstage at SF Playhouse.
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.
Tense situation: Nic Grelli plays a Serbian soldier who interrogates a Muslim Croat

‘Honey Brown Eyes’ a gripping view of Bosnian war

In the program for SF Playhouse’s West Coast premiere of “Honey Brown…

Tense situation: Nic Grelli plays a Serbian soldier who interrogates a Muslim Croat

SF Playhouse production 'Wirehead' explores a brave new brain

While an IQ test is required for some careers, “genius” profiling has…