Theater

Musical ‘Chocolate Factory’ missing Roald Dahl’s spirit

Shrill stage adaptation lacks joy of classic kids’ book

‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ to end 45-year run

Wacky, hat-filled musical revue closing Dec. 31

Director shifts smoothly from the palace to ‘The Jungle’

Justin Martin takes on royals, immigrants in recent projects

Love tempers immigrant experience in ‘Jungle’

Curran’s West Coast premiere a timely, vibrant true story

Drag artists star in live ‘First Wives,’ ‘Fight Club’ mashup

By Joshua Rotter Drag performer Raja grew tired of doing lip sync…

  • Apr 4, 2019

Mystical connection emerges in Magic Theatre’s ‘In Old Age’

“What sort of man are you?” The aged Abasiama asks that question,…

Theatre of Yugen’s ‘Helen’ offers funny, feminist perspective

“Nothing ever happens!” wails the title character in actor-playwright Ellen McLaughlin’s “Helen.”…

Bay Area theaters announce 2019-20 seasons

SHN announced its upcoming season of musicals with a splash, with Sting…

Sting serenades tunes from ‘Last Ship’ in SF

Sting, looking and sounding great, introduced his musical “The Last Ship” to…

Geoff Sobelle and friends magically build ‘Home’ at Berkeley Rep

HGTV addicts may get a kick out of something familiar in Berkeley…

‘Falsettos’ hits high notes for chosen family values

Creating a chosen family is a concept that blends well with progressive…

Materialism abounds in funny ‘Yoga Play’ at SF Playhouse

The road to enlightenment is paved with stress and subterfuge in “Yoga…

‘Black Eagles’ tells sadly timely Tuskegee Airmen story

Injustice is a fertile seed for good drama. So is aspiration. Both…

‘Working is the best thing’ for Chita Rivera

By the time most people see their 80s, thoughts of work are…

‘Hero’ a tasty look at franchise workers

Delightfully set in a strip mall submarine sandwich shop, Bess Wohl’s “American…

Laughs abound in NCTC’s ‘Steve’

Meet Steven (Greg Ayers), a quip-prone, middle-aged gay man with middle-aged angst…

Yee’s ‘Great Leap’ mixes hoops and hopes at ACT

Politics, culture clashes and generational divides are recurring themes for playwright Lauren…

‘Great Leap’ mixes hoops and hopes at ACT

Politics, culture clashes and generational divides are recurring themes for playwright Lauren…

‘American Hero’ a tasty, if light, look at franchise workers

Delightfully set in a strip mall submarine sandwich shop, Bess Wohl’s “American…

Steves and laughs abound in NCTC’s ‘Steve’

Meet Steven (Greg Ayers), a quip-prone, middle-aged gay man with middle-aged angst…