Robert Sokol

Robert Sokol Robert Sokol is the editor-publisher of BAYSTAGES, the creative director at VIA MEDIA, serves on the executive committee of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA), is senior editor for BWW-San Francisco, and sometimes moonlights as a diva wrangler, cinefiler, and occasional saloon singer. He has been touching showbiz all his life. (So far no restraining orders have been issued!) His byline also appears in the San Francisco Examiner and other publications and websites.


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BWW Interview: Christine Andreas channels PIAF: NO REGRETS at Venetian Room for Bay Area CabaretBWW Interview: Christine Andreas channels PIAF: NO REGRETS at Venetian Room for Bay Area Cabaret
Posted: Dec. 2, 2018


BWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's VOLTA is Athletic But Not Particularly MovingBWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's VOLTA is Athletic But Not Particularly Moving
Posted: Nov. 30, 2018


BWW Interview: Christiane Noll in DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Curran on finding the right voiceBWW Interview: Christiane Noll in DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Curran on finding the right voice
Posted: Dec. 5, 2018


BWW Review: It takes Nilaja Sun to Build a Breathtaking Village on PIKE ST. at Berkeley Repertory TheatreBWW Review: It takes Nilaja Sun to Build a Breathtaking Village on PIKE ST. at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the CurranBWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the Curran
Posted: Jul. 7, 2018


BWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse TheaterBWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse Theater
Posted: Jun. 21, 2018


BWW Review: FAIRVIEW Tears It Down For Good At Berkeley Repertory TheatreBWW Review: FAIRVIEW Tears It Down For Good At Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Posted: Oct. 17, 2018


BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequelBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequel
Posted: Mar. 19, 2018


BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is an easy roll at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is an easy roll at the Orpheum Theatre
Posted: Jul. 8, 2018


BWW Review: A.C.T. Takes a Nice WALK ON THE MOON at Geary TheaterBWW Review: A.C.T. Takes a Nice WALK ON THE MOON at Geary Theater
Posted: Jun. 25, 2018


BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitorBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor
Posted: Feb. 23, 2018


BWW Review: It takes Nilaja Sun to Build a Breathtaking Village on PIKE ST. at Berkeley Repertory TheatreBWW Review: It takes Nilaja Sun to Build a Breathtaking Village on PIKE ST. at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
December 6, 2018

In Pike St., now at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, playwright and actor Nilaja Sun single-handedly presents a stage full of dynamic, three-dimensional characters engaging with each other in rapid-fire conversation and scenes of vigorous interaction.

BWW Interview: Christiane Noll in DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Curran on finding the right voiceBWW Interview: Christiane Noll in DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Curran on finding the right voice
December 5, 2018

'If you allow your ego to kind of let go of the expectation of what you think your performance is supposed to be, you can open yourself up to finding so many richer and deeper colors and dimensions that will take you in places you never thought you could go.'

BWW Interview: Christine Andreas channels PIAF: NO REGRETS at Venetian Room for Bay Area CabaretBWW Interview: Christine Andreas channels PIAF: NO REGRETS at Venetian Room for Bay Area Cabaret
December 2, 2018

For well over a year the Tony-nominee Christine Andreas has been very focused on the Edith Piaf canon, performing an assortment of set pieces built around the renowned Frenchwoman's work, culminating - so far - in a new CD and the solo production PIAF: NO REGRETS.

BWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's VOLTA is Athletic But Not Particularly MovingBWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's VOLTA is Athletic But Not Particularly Moving
November 30, 2018

Volta, the latest Cirque du Soleil tour never stints on athleticism but leaves your breath mostly untaken and your heartstrings unplucked.

BWW Review: THE OBLIGATION is a reminder to never forget at Potrero StageBWW Review: THE OBLIGATION is a reminder to never forget at Potrero Stage
October 27, 2018

Roger Grunwald has brought THE OBLIGATION, his solo performance on the Holocaust, directed by acclaimed Bay Area theatremaker Nancy Carlin back to Potrero Stage in a welcome and powerful revival.

BWW Review: FUN HOME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley puts the home and the heart in dysfunctionBWW Review: FUN HOME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley puts the home and the heart in dysfunction
October 25, 2018

It would be easy to make FUN HOME a dour polemic about LGBT oppression from within and without, but the gifts of Kron, Tesori, Bechdel - which director Robert Kelley artfully deploys - are the moments of lightness and pure joy that make the losses all the more tragic.

BWW Review: FAIRVIEW Tears It Down For Good At Berkeley Repertory TheatreBWW Review: FAIRVIEW Tears It Down For Good At Berkeley Repertory Theatre
October 17, 2018

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre production of fairview is disturbing. That's good. If you are white and liberal and experiencing mild to major discomfort by the end of the performance, that's even better.

BWW Interview: Six Degrees of Gavin Creel on the road to the Venetian Room in San Francisco.BWW Interview: Six Degrees of Gavin Creel on the road to the Venetian Room in San Francisco.
October 13, 2018

BroadwayWorld-San Francisco Senior Editor Robert Sokol takes Creel on a trip down memory lane to revisit his Main Stem alter egos in advance of his debut at Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel as part of producer Marilyn Levinson's fifteenth anniversary season of Bay Area Cabaret in San Francisco.

BWW Review: SWEAT tests loyalty and identity at the Geary TheaterBWW Review: SWEAT tests loyalty and identity at the Geary Theater
October 12, 2018

SWEAT neither romanticizes nor demonizes the factory worker or their situations. You know most of these people voted for Trump, but they are at worst, desperate, not deplorable. They face hard choices with honesty and determination, understanding the limited cards they have been dealt.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is an easy roll at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is an easy roll at the Orpheum Theatre
July 8, 2018

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a fleetingly affable evening composed by Lloyd Webber for lyrics by Glenn Slater (Sister Act) and a book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). The kids are more than alright, saving the night and earning an 'A' for natural talent and a refreshingly unaffected stage presence.

BWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the CurranBWW Interview: Francis Jue becomes David Henry Hwang (sort of) in SOFT POWER, the fabulous fantasy at the Curran
July 7, 2018

San Francisco native Francis Jue (M. Butterfly and Pacific Overtures on Broadway) reflects on becoming an actor, being an Asian-American actor, and the intersection of THE KING AND I and SOFT POWER, the new 'play in a musical' by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori.

BWW Review: A.C.T. Takes a Nice WALK ON THE MOON at Geary TheaterBWW Review: A.C.T. Takes a Nice WALK ON THE MOON at Geary Theater
June 25, 2018

The new musical A WALK ON THE MOON, based on the 1999 film written by Pamela Gary, does a fine job of telling its story, and patrons will have a good time at this nice musical. In the era of making things great again are fine, good, and nice enuf?

BWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse TheaterBWW Interview: Andrew Lippa premieres UNBREAKABLE with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Nourse Theater
June 21, 2018

This weekend marks the world premiere of UNBREAKABLE, an original work by composer and lyricist Andrew Lippa, co-commissioned by a nationwide consortium of ten gay choruses and featuring Lisa Vroman, Britney Coleman, and Marcus J. Paige.

BWW Interview: Carmen Cusack shares A TWIST OF LIMELIGHT for Bay Area Musicals this weekendBWW Interview: Carmen Cusack shares A TWIST OF LIMELIGHT for Bay Area Musicals this weekend
May 18, 2018

Tony-nominee Carmen Cusack is returning to San Francisco to perform May 19 at the annual 'A Twist of Limelight' gala for Bay Area Musicals followed by rehearsals for this fall's VICTOR/VICTORIA in Los Angeles, part of the Reprise 2.0 relaunch season.

BWW Review: VIETGONE deconstructs Vietnam immigrant tropes with laughter at American Conservatory Theater's Strand TheaterBWW Review: VIETGONE deconstructs Vietnam immigrant tropes with laughter at American Conservatory Theater's Strand Theater
April 12, 2018

Vietgone by Qui Nguyen is a refreshingly upending night of theatre. It's also an extremely funny, sexy, tender, and truthful night of theatre.

BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequelBWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequel
March 19, 2018

LOVE NEVER DIES is an unnecessary sequel to the megahit PHANTOM that wisely skips Broadway and hits the national tour road for ALW fans. The ladies of this evening rule even though the guys are (supposed to be) in charge of the action in this passable evening of musical theatre.

BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitorBWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor
February 23, 2018

At 67, this King is timely and timeless in a lush tour based on the Tony-winning Lincoln Center Theater revival directed by Bartlett Sher. As on Broadway, Lady Thiang steals the show.

BWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the NikkoBWW Interview: Caissie Levy at Feinstein's at the Nikko
November 18, 2017

Caissie Levy shares some thoughts on fitting in some cabaret gigs between Frozen runs and how motherhood has changed her approach to her career.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum Theatre
September 14, 2017

Delicious dancing, gorgeous design, and great Gershwin songs are a joy but can't mask the musical theatre shortcomings of another film-to-stage transfer in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS.

BWW Interview: Riley Costello makes his directing debut with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Hillbarn TheatreBWW Interview: Riley Costello makes his directing debut with THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Hillbarn Theatre
September 9, 2017

Actor Riley Costello makes the directing leap with a regional production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and reveals his favorite character. It's not who you might guess!



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