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Linda Hodges

Linda Hodges Linda Hodges is a freelance writer who has been covering the vibrant and exciting San Francisco Bay Area theater scene for the past two years. A dedicated theater aficionado, Linda first became involved in the dramatic arts while in college, becoming one of the first “techies” at her school to be voted into Delta Psi Omega, the National Theater Honor Society. She holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion and maintains that theater, at its best, is a religious experience! Linda is currently working on her first novel and, as always, is looking forward to another opening night.
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Glittering San Francisco Inaugural TBA Awards Ceremony - Nov. 10!Glittering San Francisco Inaugural TBA Awards Ceremony - Nov. 10!
Posted: Nov. 4, 2014


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BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Is Freakin' AwesomeBWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Is Freakin' Awesome
Posted: Dec. 2, 2013


BWW Interviews: Tony Nominee, Sam Harris, Celebrates Release of New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFEBWW Interviews: Tony Nominee, Sam Harris, Celebrates Release of New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFE
Posted: Jan. 13, 2014


BWW Reviews: Entertainer Extraordinaire Sam Harris Presents 'Liter-usical' - Now That's Entertainment!BWW Reviews: Entertainer Extraordinaire Sam Harris Presents 'Liter-usical' - Now That's Entertainment!
Posted: Jan. 31, 2014


BWW Reviews: Joan Ryan Brings Down the House at Feinstein's at the NikkoBWW Reviews: Joan Ryan Brings Down the House at Feinstein's at the Nikko
Posted: Jan. 26, 2014


Glittering San Francisco Inaugural TBA Awards Ceremony - Nov. 10!Glittering San Francisco Inaugural TBA Awards Ceremony - Nov. 10!
November 4, 2014

The first ever San Francisco theatrical event on record was held on June 22, 1849. Lacking a true venue, that performance by 'Jeemes Pipes of Pipesville' took place at the police station and didn't exactly put the City by the Bay on the map. They couldn't know then that the San Francisco Bay Area would grow to be the third largest theatre center in the country, boasting over 400 companies in nine counties.
BWW Reviews: Oakland Youth Chorus Dazzles at their Broadway on Broadway PerformanceBWW Reviews: Oakland Youth Chorus Dazzles at their Broadway on Broadway Performance
May 17, 2014

It was a night to remember as the Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) took to the risers and promptly raised the roof on the 1st Presbyterian Church on Broadway in Oakland, belting out some amazing Broadway tunes and putting on an all-around great show for the sold-out crowd. This was not just a concert for doting parents and dewy-eyed devotees. These kids can sing! The performances from the many choral groups that comprise OYC were impressive and fun and definitely high-energy entertainment.
BWW Reviews: Entertainer Extraordinaire Sam Harris Presents 'Liter-usical' - Now That's Entertainment!BWW Reviews: Entertainer Extraordinaire Sam Harris Presents 'Liter-usical' - Now That's Entertainment!
January 31, 2014

Riding the wave of enthusiasm for his newly released book 'Ham: Slices of a Life,' singer and entertainer extraordinaire Sam Harris played to a sold-out crowd at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco. They came expecting a great show and he did not disappoint. Calling his performance a 'liter-usical,' a combination of literary book tour and Broadway musical extravaganza, he alternated between reading juicy morsels (amuse-bouche, if you will) from his book with songs that served to highlight the chapters of his life.
BWW Reviews: Joan Ryan Brings Down the House at Feinstein's at the NikkoBWW Reviews: Joan Ryan Brings Down the House at Feinstein's at the Nikko
January 26, 2014

Tucked away in a corner of the Nikko Hotel is Feinstein's - a 140 seat, intimate nightclub with cozy banquettes and tables graced with crystal chandeliers and a stage on which the Steinway holds pride of place. As the 8 o'clock hour approached, smartly dressed San Franciscans along with tourists in casual wear made their way into the hotel, the buzz in the air clearly indicating that they were here to enjoy the best that San Francisco had to offer. And tonight that 'best' was powerhouse performer Joan Ryan.
BWW Interviews: Tony Nominee, Sam Harris, Celebrates Release of New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFEBWW Interviews: Tony Nominee, Sam Harris, Celebrates Release of New Book, HAM: SLICES OF A LIFE
January 13, 2014

Celebrating the release of his new book, HAM: Slices of a Life (a collection of stories and essays), Tony Award nominee Sam Harris will make his Feinstein's at the Nikko debut in a show of the same name on Friday, January 24 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, January 25 at 7:00 PM.
BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants Now Through Jan 5BWW Reviews: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Enchants Now Through Jan 5
December 26, 2013

The enchanting musical Beauty and the Beast delighted audiences at San Francisco's Curran Theater on opening night and is the perfect dose of holiday entertainment for children of all ages. Disney's timeless tale of love and transformation is touring the country and will be in San Francisco through January 5, 2014. A NETworks Presentations event, this show forgoes some of the more costly set designs of the original Broadway show but loses nothing of the melodic magnificence of Menken, Ashman and Rice's original masterpiece. Musical Director/Conductor Kevin Francis Finn helms the lush orchestrations of Danny Troob, while the beautifully crafted book by Linda Woolverton brings her animated original to the stage in superb fashion.
BWW Interviews: Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley Talks VIXENS OF BROADWAYBWW Interviews: Tony Award Winner Betty Buckley Talks VIXENS OF BROADWAY
December 3, 2013

San Francisco, please join me in welcoming Tony Award winning 'Voice of Broadway,' Betty Buckley to the BroadwayWorld SF page! She brings her acclaimed show, 'The Vixens of Broadway,' to San Francisco's Feinstein's at the Nikko for 8 performances -December 5 - 15, 2013.
BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Is Freakin' AwesomeBWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON Is Freakin' Awesome
December 2, 2013

'The Book of Mormon' has been hailed as one of the top musicals of the decade and now through January 19, 2014, San Francisco audiences will have the opportunity to judge for themselves as to whether a musical about Mormons on a mission to win converts to the Church of Latter-day Saints deserves such an accolade.
BWW Reviews: TRISTAN & YSEULT - A Marvelous Blend of Modern Theatre and Good, Old-Fashioned StorytellingBWW Reviews: TRISTAN & YSEULT - A Marvelous Blend of Modern Theatre and Good, Old-Fashioned Storytelling
November 30, 2013

Berkeley Rep's Tristan & Yseult is one of those shows that combines the best elements of modern theatre with good old-fashioned storytelling and does so with amazing brilliance.
BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS Will Capture Your Heart: Now Thru Dec. 8BWW Reviews: THE GERSHWIN'S PORGY AND BESS Will Capture Your Heart: Now Thru Dec. 8
November 18, 2013

San Francisco audiences were delighted to welcome a powerful and wistfully evocative production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess to the bay area and to the stage of the Golden Gate Theatre where it plays now through December 8. Opening night was also the launch of the much anticipated national tour of this Tony award-winning revival. Directed by Diane Paulus, with a book adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks from DuBose and Dorothy Heyward's original book, Porgy and Bess's dramatic story of love, death, addiction and hope comes alive once again for a whole new audience of theatregoers.
BWW Reviews: SHNSF's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Enchants Now thru December 1BWW Reviews: SHNSF's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Enchants Now thru December 1
November 10, 2013

Swashbuckling adventure and hilarious hijinks await patrons of SHNSF's Curran Theatre with 5-time Tony Award winning Peter and the Star Catcher, which has sailed into San Francisco for a magical turn before returning to Neverland or other parts unknown. This clever prequel to J.M. Barrie's beloved Peter and Wendy is powered by starstuff (which figures prominently in the play) and a high-energy cast that is the tightest ensemble I've seen in a long time. Good, old-fashioned storytelling, reliance on late, 19th century stagecraft -- and two directors (Roger Rees and Alex Timbers) whose imaginations were allowed to run amok -- have created a wildly enjoyable and enchanting show. Playing now through December 1, Peter and the Star Catcher is one show you will definitely want to see.
BWW Reviews: A.C.T.'s UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL Delights Through November 23BWW Reviews: A.C.T.'s UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL Delights Through November 23
November 2, 2013

San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater's Production of 'Underneath the Lintel' has extended its run due to advance ticket sales. Catch this solo performance by Academy Award nominee David Strathairn now through Nov. 23.
BWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL - A Hit Show with a BulletBWW Reviews: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL - A Hit Show with a Bullet
October 10, 2013

SHNSF's Curran Theatre in San Francisco hosts the world premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - a hit-filled bio-musical about the woman whose songs epitomized the late 60s and early 70's. Her album 'Tapestry' (with songs like 'It's Too Late,' 'I Feel the Earth Move,' and 'You've Got A Friend') soared to #1 and stayed on the charts for a record-breaking six years. King's story is the stuff of dreams, but heartache came first as it often does. How she moved from churning out hit after hit for other artists, to playing Carnegie Hall as a solo artist, is what 'Beautiful' is all about. Playing now through Oct. 20 before it heads to Broadway, 'Beautiful' is a hit show with a bullet.
BWW Reviews: Virago Theatre Company's AROUSAL and The LoverBWW Reviews: Virago Theatre Company's AROUSAL and The Lover
September 9, 2013

Virago Theatre Company's 'shameless passion for theatre' comes alive - twice in one night - with AROUSAL, a new play by George Pfirrmann, and The Lover by Harold Pinter. Together, the two sensuous one acts equal one impressive night of theatre that you won't want to miss. Playing now thru September 28, this double feature satisfies the desire for excellent and though-provoking theatre even as it tantalizes the audience with unanswered questions, and toys with erotic situations and the roles we play in life and love.
BWW Reviews: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: Laughter and HeartBWW Reviews: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT: Laughter and Heart
August 26, 2013

Beneath the rollicking good time (not to mention the sequined glitz and flashy feathers) of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical, is a story about the difficulties of living an authentic life when you don't fit into the social norm. In this case that norm is the hetero world of 1990s Australia where two gay men and one trans woman, drag queens all, team up to take a trip through the outback in order to perform at a casino owned by, of all people, the wife of one of the queens. Enter 'Priscilla' a dilapidated bus that's a traveling dressing room and bar for the trio of performers. Road trip! Playing now through August 31 at the Orpheum Theatre, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is boy-sterous, outrageous, campy fun, but it also heartwarming and touching.
BWW Reviews: ANYTHING GOES Sets Sail in San Leandro Thru August 25BWW Reviews: ANYTHING GOES Sets Sail in San Leandro Thru August 25
August 18, 2013

In 1934, during the height of the Great Depression, Americans were looking for escapist entertainment and they found it in Cole Porter's frothy, screw-ball comedy, Anything Goes. Since then the show has seen many updates and revivals, the latest of which won the 2011 Tony for Best Revival. The plot remains a zany farce set on a cruise ship where disguises, mistaken identities and malapropisms contribute to a very de-lovely evening at the theatre. The show sets sail now thru August 25 with Curtain Call Performing Arts (CCPA) in San Leandro, California.
BWW Reviews: Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND Sublime at Berkeley RepBWW Reviews: Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND Sublime at Berkeley Rep
August 13, 2013

Berkeley Rep's discerning theatre patrons, long accustomed to high caliber performances and superior productions, were thoroughly beguiled and delighted with the special pre-Broadway presentation of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land. Starring renowned actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, anticipation was naturally high for their performances - not to mention those of Tony Award winners Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley - and no one left the theater disappointed. Ladies and gentlemen, Berkeley Rep has once again raised the bar. Playing for a limited engagement through August 31, No Man's Land is a formidable piece, rich with comedy while at the same time rife with menace and it is simply sublime.
BWW Reviews: Virago's SONIA FLEW Finely Crafted, Must-See TheatreBWW Reviews: Virago's SONIA FLEW Finely Crafted, Must-See Theatre
May 22, 2013

Virago Theatre Company steps boldly and passionately into heart-wrenching territory with its production of 'Sonia Flew,'....one of the most finely crafted dramatic productions of recent note.
BWW Reviews: STUCK ELEVATOR a Hit at A.C.T.BWW Reviews: STUCK ELEVATOR a Hit at A.C.T.
April 20, 2013

'Stuck Elevator' is a thought-provoking, sometimes funny, often stirring piece that opens the door to the dark side of the American dream exposing, in the story of one lone man, the flawed and feckless nature of our attitude toward immigrants. Paying now thru April 28 at A.C.T.in San Francisco
BWW Reviews: Those Boys from Jersey Man, Can They Sing!  JERSEY BOYS  Rocks the Curran TheatreBWW Reviews: Those Boys from Jersey Man, Can They Sing! JERSEY BOYS Rocks the Curran Theatre
March 15, 2013

The hit musical 'Jersey Boys' made its way to the California shore and into San Francisco's Curran Theatre for a spectacular opening night where Franki Valli and the Four Seasons ruled the airwaves once again. Catch 'Jersey Boys' now through April 28.


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