Our Stars and Bars, Ourselves

Our Stars and Bars, Ourselves

A presidential candidate’s daughter’s very bad decision comes back to haunt her in Confederates.

My review is in the Mercury News. Read more

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 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

Mister of Puppets

Mister of Puppets

The host of a beloved children’s program tries to carry on after the death of his wife, who played his puppet pal on the show.

My review of The Great Pretender is on KQED Arts. Read more

The Sky’s Unlimited

The Sky’s Unlimited

The prolific Lauren Gunderson is back with another play about SCIENCE!  I tell you all about it on KQED Arts.

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What You Call Porn

What You Call Porn

Liberty Bradford Mitchell describes growing up amid the porn industry as the daughter of one of San Francisco’s Mitchell Brothers in her one-woman show plus backing band.

My review is on KQED Arts. Read more

Old-Fashioned Politics

Old-Fashioned Politics

A new political drama at TheatreWorks already seems sorely outdated. My review is on KQED Arts.

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The Importance of Being Wilde

The Importance of Being Wilde

There must be something in the water in the South Bay and Peninsula. TheatreWorks has unveiled a new musical version of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in Mountain View, not long before San Jose Rep opens another musical adaptation of a great British play of the 1890s written by a renowned Irish wit: A Minister’s Wife, based on George Bernard Shaw’s Candida. While the latter is set in the original period, Being Earnest has been transplanted to the swinging London of the 1960s for some reason, or for no reason at all.

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She’ll See You Out

She’ll See You Out

There have been a ton of solo shows about various historical figures in which they hold forth about their long and colorful lives, sometimes under the pretext of giving a lecture, sometimes seemingly for no reason at all. But now there seems to be a rash of two-character plays that pair deceased notables with obvious fictional characters designed only to draw the celebrities out and get them talking about themselves.

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