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.
PARADISE SQUARE is a glorious if frustrating addition to the musical theatre canon, blessed with an exceptional cast, a stirring score, and the unbelievably exquisite choreography of Bill T. Jones. Yet, despite these riches, the opulent production trips self-consciously on its own ambition, with the whole adding up to something less satisfying than the sum of its exceptional parts.BWW Review: A Pleasing TUCK EVERLASTING Charms at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley December 20, 2018
The humor in many Sedaris pieces comes from the obvious anguish of social misfits forced to contort themselves into a publicly presentable form, or, conversely, the observer's schadenfreude in having the misfit revealed for their true, damaged self. Neither of those elements is really present in Santaland, where the stage David-Crumpet presents as a fairly well-adjusted fellow forced to take on a seemingly demeaning survival job.BWW Review: A BRONX TALE Is a Trip To A Very Familiar 'Hood at the SHN Golden Gate December 11, 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 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 Theatre July 8, 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 Theater June 25, 2018