Ms. Dawn Goes to Washington

Ms. Dawn Goes to Washington

A 1940s comedy proves surprisingly timely at Center REP.

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Sing the Boys Back Home

27 November, 2013 Theater No comments
Sing the Boys Back Home

Magic Theatre doesn’t do musicals often, but by golly it’s doing one now. My review of Arlington is on KQED Arts.

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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A new political drama at TheatreWorks already seems sorely outdated.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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American History Mex

American History Mex

California Shakespeare Theater’s season opener, Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose, is completely bonkers. KQED Arts has my review.

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If You’re Happy and You Know It

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Walter Wells is happy.  Way, way too happy. So happy that you know that playwright Julie Marie Myatt has it in for him in The Happy Ones at Magic Theatre. KQED Arts has my review.

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Yakking About Architecture

15 February, 2012 Theater No comments
Yakking About Architecture

American Conservatory Theater doesn’t do new plays all the time, but it likes to throw the occasional world premiere into the mix from time to time. Last season there was the musical Tales of the City; a year before that was The Tosca Project; the previous year was War Music; a couple years before that there was After the War. This season the company’s also presenting a world premiere, but not on its main stage on Geary Street. This one’s tucked away at the space formerly known as Zeum, now rebranded the Theater at Children’s Creativity Museum, and it’s by ACT’s own artistic director, Carey Perloff.

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The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens

THEATER REVIEW: PALO ALTO

Show #22: The North Pool, TheatreWorks, March 12.

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That Scamp Scapin

That Scamp Scapin

If there’s one thing that drives me up the wall, it’s slapstick. I’m not talking about physical comedy onstage or onscreen—that stuff’s great, at least when done well. What I can’t stand is when slapstick happens in real life, when inanimate objects can’t commit to being inanimate and start falling and flying all over the place. When the world seems to be working at cross-purposes with you—or what Sartre called the “coefficient of adversity”—that’s when things get frustrating.

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Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth

Sharper Than a Serpent’s Tooth

Ever since Jonathan Moscone started adding late 19th and early 20th century classics into California Shakespeare Theater’s seasons early in his decade as artistic director, the company has done an outstanding job with the works of George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov and Oscar Wilde. Former San Jose Rep artistic director Timothy Near, who helmed Cal Shakes’s near-perfect 2008 production of Uncle Vanya, now takes on George Bernard Shaw’s 1893 play Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which was initially banned for its no-nonsense discussion of prostitution and particularly of society’s culpability for providing few economic alternatives for women.

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