Theater

Winter 2019 Arts Preview: Theater

The theater season serves up major tours, revivals, musicals, comedy and drama…

Women’s lib comes alive in sensitive ‘When We Were Young’

If Sarah Treem’s engaging 2014 drama onstage at Custom Made Theatre Co.…

Berkeley Rep’s new musical ‘Paradise Square’ involving and overwhelming

“Paradise Square,” the world-premiere musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is so emotionally…

A hugely entertaining rock centers ‘Come From Away’

Dismiss all thoughts of Dwayne Johnson or Alcatraz the next time you…

Calming holiday journey in ‘A Noh Christmas Carol’

In Theatre of Yugen’s entrancing and enchanting “A Noh Christmas Carol,” it’s…

‘Evan Hansen’ boldly takes on digital age disconnection

The turn-off-your-cellphone announcement at the beginning of the national tour of “Dear…

TheatreWorks’ ‘Tuck Everlasting’ warms the heart

For the holidays, TheatreWorks’ offers a handsome production of “Tuck Everlasting,” which…

Circus Bella takes Treasure Island

In “Kaleidoscope,” the new Circus Bella show under a big tent on…

Undead resemble people in ‘Vampire Christmas’

Vampires have issues, too. In Stuart Bousel and Allison Page’s new holiday…

Wise guys musical ‘Bronx Tale’ could use more dimension

“This is just another Bronx tale,” sings actor Joey Barreiro as Calogero,…

Conflict too cool in Golden Thread’s ‘We Swim, We Talk’

A less poetic but more accurate title for Mona Mansour’s quasi-metatheatrical play…

Holiday Theater 2018: ‘Tis the season onstage

Local theater troupes offer festive fare for Christmas; many shows have become…

Jolly holiday with SF Playhouse’s ‘Mary Poppins’

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

History comes alive in magical S.F. Ghost Hunt

Actor, magician, storyteller extraordinaire Christian Cagigal, owner-operator of the 20-year-old San Francisco…

Nilaja Sun is dazzling as everyone on ‘Pike St.’

A contorted character, not speaking, with eyes closed and arms crossed over…

Victorian Christmas in full swing at Dickens fair at the Cow Palace

Charles Dickens, greeting guests in his home at the Great Dickens Christmas…

Flashy stunts, sketchy story in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Volta’

At the outset of “Volta,” the Cirque du Soleil show now under…

Crazy good song and dance in Bay Area Musicals’ ‘Crazy For You’

It’s hard to resist the sequin-studded, toe-tapping cast of Bay Area Musicals’…

Bay Area arts organizations see changes at the top

After years, sometimes decades, of steady leadership, major Bay Area arts organizations…

Wild, wonderful women take charge in ACT’s ‘Men on Boats’

The high points of history have always tended to feature men –…