Disturbed in the Suburbs

Disturbed in the Suburbs

Lisa D’Amour’s dark comedy gnaws at the unease lurking beneath suburban life.

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Hot Plays for Hot Days

Hot Plays for Hot Days

Way over yonder on KQED Arts, I give a few recommendations of plays and musicals not to miss this summer. Head on over and

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The Family That Hates Together Grates Together

19 February, 2015 Theater No comments
The Family That Hates Together Grates Together

Imagine spending time with a family full of absurdly inconsiderate people who can’t stand each other and constantly push each other’s buttons. And it’s not even your family. My review of The Lyons at Aurora Theatre Company is in the Marin Independent Journal.

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That Was the Year That Was

30 December, 2014 Theater No comments
That Was the Year That Was

The long wait is over! Here are my Top 10 Bay Area shows of 2014, on KQED Arts!

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Yes, I’ve Paid the Price

17 September, 2014 Theater No comments
Yes, I’ve Paid the Price

At its heart, Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn is a play about four women sitting around talking about feminism. As Aurora Theatre Company’s Bay Area premiere demonstrates, however, it’s a heck of a lot more entertaining than that sounds. Catherine (a marvelously self-assured Marilee Talkington) is a hotshot feminist academic writing about pop culture—torture porn, reality TV, you name it—but she’s returned to her home town to take care of her mother after a heart attack. Lillian Bogovich’s upbeat and eager-to-please Alice seems pretty spry and would much rather wait on her daughter than vice versa.

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The Fall of Bay Area Theater

The Fall of Bay Area Theater

The sheer volume of great theater going on around the Bay Area can be daunting. I’ve picked out a

few likely standouts to get you started. Read all about ‘em on KQED Arts.  Read more

In Soviet Russia

In Soviet Russia

Being called in for an unexpected meeting with your boss is nerve-racking, especially in the Stalin-era Soviet Union. My review of The Letters at Aurora Theatre Company is on KQED Arts.

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Faust Talking

Faust Talking

So Hamlet, Martin Luther and Doctor Faustus walk into a college, and that thing’s the play.

My review of Wittenberg at Aurora Theatre Company is on KQED Arts. Read more

Knot in Your Gut

21 February, 2014 Theater No comments
Knot in Your Gut

Gidion’s Knot is a hard play to take. As seen in director Jon Tracy’s brutally effective Bay Area premiere staging at Aurora Theatre Company, Johnna Adams’s drama is 75 minutes of nonstop tension, alleviated only by moments of grim humor.

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LaBrutality Beneath the Surface

LaBrutality Beneath the Surface

Neil LaBute is known for unflinching depictions of human cruelty, so what happens when he takes on race in the American heartland? This Is How It Goes. My review is up on KQED Arts.

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