Feeling Adrift

Feeling Adrift

The office workers in MTC’s Swimmers are drowning in their own lives.

Read my review in the Marin Independent Journal. Read more

Jazz Caravan Through Iran

Jazz Caravan Through Iran

So an African-American jazz musician and an Iranian movie star walk into a bar…

My feature on African-American Shakespeare Company and Golden Thread Productions’ Isfahan Blues is on KQED Arts. Read more

Divided Loyalties

25 February, 2015 Theater No comments
Divided Loyalties

Danai Gurira’s The Convert is a wrenching battle between traditional culture and colonial “civilization.”

My review is in the Marin Independent Journal. Read more

He Drives Miss Daisy

He Drives Miss Daisy

Diablo Actors’ Ensemble’s production of Driving Miss Daisy keeps on going, even if the company doesn’t. I caught it last weekend at Marin Theatre Company, and my review is in the Marin Independent Journal.

I’ve also had Fine Young Cannibals singing “He drives Miss Daisy” stuck in my head all day, but I don’t blame DAE for that.

 

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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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A Reconstruction

A Reconstruction

Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man sees a wounded Confederate soldier and two of his former slaves scraping together a makeshift Passover seder just a day or two after the Civil War. You know, like you do.  Marin Theatre Company gives the play its local premiere, and my review is in today’s Marin Independent Journal. 

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Oh Mendacity Up Yours

Oh Mendacity Up Yours

African-American Shakespeare Company proves that an all-black version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof works remarkably well. I wrote it up for KQED Arts, so don’t wait for that click in your head when you can just click on the link to read all about it.  Spoiler warning: There’s a whole lot of mendacity in it.

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Baker’s Quarter-Dozen

Baker’s Quarter-Dozen

For someone whose work was unseen in the Bay Area before this year, East Coast playwright Annie Baker is suddenly all over the place: Body Awareness at Aurora in February, The Aliens at SF Playhouse in March, and now Circle Mirror Transformation at Marin Theatre Company. I reviewed the latter in the Marin Independent Journal, conveniently readable right over here.

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A Classic with Spunk

A Classic with Spunk

Spunk is a bit of a departure for California Shakespeare Theater. It was just a decade ago that then-new artistic director Jonathan Moscone started adding modern classics to the company’s steady diet of Shakespeare—plays by Wilder, Chekhov, Shaw, Wilde, Beckett and Coward. And then the adaptations of classics: David Edgar’s Dickens; Amy Freed’s Restoration comedies; Octavio Solis’s Steinbeck stories; Amanda Dehnert’s Shakespeare rock musical. Now Cal Shakes looks beyond dead white men for its latest presentation of an adapted classic: Spunk, George C. Wolfe’s acclaimed 1989 adaptation of a trio of short stories by seminal Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston, three very different portraits of struggling African-Americans in rural Florida and big-city Harlem.

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Marin Gets August

Marin Gets August

Show #76: Seven Guitars, Marin Theatre Company, August 16.

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