Return of the Prodigal Son

Return of the Prodigal Son

Playwright Luis Alfaro returns to Magic Theatre with the start of an epic American trilogy.

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Witch’s Brujaja

Witch’s Brujaja

Playwright Luis Alfaro dazzled Magic Theatre audiences two years ago with Oedipus el Rey, his lyrical barrio gangster update of Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex. It was hardly his first go-round with the Greeks; his 2003 play Electricidad explored the Electra tale in the same modern setting. Everyone knows Greek tragedies come in threes, so now Alfaro completes his trilogy of sorts (drawing from three completely different story cycles in different eras of classical mythology) with Bruja, a new version of Euripides’ Medea set among recent Mexican immigrants in San Francisco’s Mission District. This world premiere reunites Alfaro with Magic producing artistic director Loretta Greco, who directed his Oedipus and now helms Bruja.

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Well Hello, Dali

Well Hello, Dali

I’ve had to take a break from the blog the last couple of weeks for a wide assortment of reasons, but I do have a review in today’s Marin Independent Journal, of AlterTheater’s production of Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.

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Mismatched Mishmash

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Mismatched Mishmash

Longtime American Conservatory Theater actor Steven Anthony Jones opens the first season he’s programmed as the new artistic director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, the Bay Area’s foremost African-American theatre company, with a double bill of two one-act plays that have almost nothing to do with each other. The show also marks the theater’s opening in its new home at 450 Post Street, formerly the Post Street Theatre and Theatre on the Square, after several nomadic years.

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Fundraising Pitch: The Musical

Fundraising Pitch: The Musical

Show #64: 2012–The Musical!, San Francisco Mime Troupe, July 4.

Victor Toman, Cory Censoprano, Siobhan Marie Doherty, Lizzie Calogero and Michael Gene Sullivan in 2012--The Musical.

I reviewed this year’s unusually self-referential Mime Troupe show in the parks in today’s Marin IJ, so g’wan and check it out over there.

2012–The Musical! runs through September 25 in area parks. http://sfmt.org

Workers Arise

Workers Arise

Show #73: Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker, San Francisco Mime Troupe, July 4.

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