The Devil’s in the Dating

The Devil’s in the Dating

Earlier this year I reviewed Nicholas Weinbach’s quirky indie musical Made in China. Now it’s time for his twin brother Max Weinbach’s quirky indie musical, A Match Made in Hell! My review‘s on KQED Arts.

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Alison Kawa and Max Weinbach in A Match Made in Hell. Photo by Riki Feldmann.

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Lady Windermere’s Fan Club

Lady Windermere’s Fan Club

A stunning local cast makes a sparkling Oscar Wilde classic a must-see at Cal Shakes. You can read my review over on KQED Arts.

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Into the Breeches

Into the Breeches

What’s in Sean Owens’s Breeches? Witty short plays and droll little songs, plus a whole lot of innuendo. My review of Foul Play Productions’ Breeches of Etiquette is up on KQED Arts.

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Solo Times Four

Solo Times Four

The Bay Area is blessed with more than its share of terrific solo theater artists, and new ones are coming out of the woodwork all the time. I hadn’t had a chance to check out Thao P. Nguyen’s work before now, but I feel awfully fortunate to have managed to catch her one-woman show Fortunate Daughter at Impact Theatre last weekend. A story about trying to figure out how to come out as a lesbian to her supportive but still fairly traditional Vietnamese family, FD debuted at the New York Fringe Festival last year, directed by W. Kamau Bell, and then enjoyed a sold-out run at StageWerx helmed by Martha Rynberg, who also directs it here.

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A Maze Amazes

A Maze Amazes

Just Theater is back with not one but two plays in rep, and the first one, A Maze, is pretty freaking remarkable. You can read my review on KQED Arts.

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Solo Plus Five

Solo Plus Five

Monologist Josh Kornbluth brings along another actor and a live band, but Sea of Reeds is still pretty much a monologue. You can read my reviewon KQED Arts.

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Slim Chance for Romance

Slim Chance for Romance

A rich business consultant. A young hustler. An imaginary drag queen. Could this be love? Nah, it’s just Chance. My review of New Musical Theater of San Francisco’s new musical is on KQED Arts.

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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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There’s Something About Mary Magdalene

There’s Something About Mary Magdalene

I caught the San Francisco Opera’s world premiere opera setting the record straight about Mary Magdalene as the foremost of all apostles, and boy is my butt tired.  My review of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is on KQED Arts.

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The Quality of Mercy

The Quality of Mercy

Dance Dance Revolution in the Chinese Land of the Dead? That’s Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE] at Crowded Fire Theater. KQED Arts has my review.

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