Theater

‘Fiorello!’ a singing New York history lesson

The 1959 musical “Fiorello!” is by no means a knockout. But 42nd…

‘Transfers’ compellingly asks: Who gets the elite education?

By the time the first scene of Lucy Thurber’s intriguing drama “Transfers”…

‘Beach Blanket’ stage manager John Camajani retires after 40 years

In 1979, when John Camajani got a theater job behind the scenes…

Changes continue in Bay Area theater artistic leadership

The latest artistic director to be hired at a local theater, amid…

Nigerian family’s conflicting emotions fuel ‘Her Portmanteau’

There’s an exquisite scene in the middle of “Her Portmanteau,” playwright Mfoniso…

Imagination flags in Utopia Theatre’s ‘Every Day Alice’

It’s a great idea for a play: a writer named Alice, who’s…

Back in SF, ‘Hamilton’ as entertaining as ever

There are a few novel things about “Hamilton” at the Orpheum in…

‘Hello, Dolly!’ revival exemplifies classic

Hello, Betty! Classy Broadway staple and TV star Betty Buckley fills the…

Meet the ‘Hamilton’ cast!

Donald Webber Jr., portraying Aaron Burr in the new San Francisco run…

Relive the memory at ‘Cats’ revival

People love their cats. It’s the only explanation for the success of…

Classy performances light up shallow ‘Violet’

First the good news: Bay Area Musicals, now in its fourth season,…

Fine acting, contrived premise in ‘White Girl’s Guide’

What might compel a white American teenage girl to join terrorists in…

Medical emergency at Hamilton performance in SF leads to theater exodus, injuries

An alarm that sounded during a medical emergency at a performance of…

Aurora Theatre stages Strindberg’s intense ‘Creditors’

Many of the works of the dark and often misogynistic 19th-century Swedish…

MacKinnon kicks off ACT tenure with Albee’s striking ‘Seascape’

What longtime American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff was to British…

Ovid’s myths flow in Berkeley Rep’s ‘Metamorphoses’

Myths make magic in Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses.” Moving, dreamlike and thrillingly theatrical,…

‘Sweeney Todd’ at Hillbarn is a must-see for Sondheim fans

The first words in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”…

‘King of the Yees’ a wild ride through SF’s Chinatown

Playwright Lauren Yee has called her autobiographical show “King of the Yees,”…

Enthralling Dan Hoyle becomes border people

Solo playwright-performer Dan Hoyle is such a gifted actor, so transformative and…

‘Dragon’ a solo fantasy show with parenting tales

In a theater world filled with perhaps too many stories about dysfunctional…