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Steve Murray

Steve Murray

Steve Murray is a writer for Cabaret Scenes magazine, contributor to ForAllEvents and now BroadwayWorld. He started writing rock reviews for his college newspaper in the 1970’s, produced a variety show in San Francisco for 6 years and staged comedy, theatre and music performances in the Bay Area. An avid tennis player and competitive swimmer, Steve works in Biotech for his paychecks.

 




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BWW Review: TALES OF THE RESISTANCE : VOLUME 2 PERSISTANCE at SF Mime Troupe PhotoBWW Review: TALES OF THE RESISTANCE : VOLUME 2 PERSISTANCE at SF Mime Troupe
Posted: Jul. 12, 2021


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BWW Review: A Red Carol at SF Mime Troupe PhotoBWW Review: A Red Carol at SF Mime Troupe
Posted: Dec. 12, 2020


BWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse
Posted: Mar. 15, 2021


BWW Review: THE LIGHT at Shotgun Players PhotoBWW Review: THE LIGHT at Shotgun Players
Posted: Dec. 7, 2020


BWW Review: Yasmina Reza's ART at SF Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: Yasmina Reza's ART at SF Playhouse
Posted: Oct. 26, 2020


BWW Review: THE JEWELRY BOX at SF Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: THE JEWELRY BOX at SF Playhouse
Posted: Dec. 1, 2020


BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS at SF Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS at SF Playhouse
Posted: Jun. 14, 2021


BWW Review: SHOOT ME WHEN at SF Playhouse PhotoBWW Review: SHOOT ME WHEN at SF Playhouse
Posted: May. 7, 2021


BWW Review: TALES OF THE RESISTANCE : VOLUME 2 PERSISTANCE at SF Mime Troupe
July 12, 2021

As I reported last year, SF Mime Troupe has revived the good old days of episodic radio serials, a perfect genre for shelter in place entertainment. In the comfort of your home, you can listen to these funny, left-leaning, provocative broadcasts that allow your imaginations to soar.

BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS at SF Playhouse
June 14, 2021

The story of Gordon Hirabayashi's five-decade struggle for justice for the forced detention of Japanese-Americans during WWII is powerfully recreated in Jeanne Sakata's lovingly researched historical drama buoyed by a stellar performance by Jomar Tagatac.

BWW Review: SHOOT ME WHEN at SF Playhouse
May 7, 2021

I can't remember how many times I've joked 'Shoot Me if.... Shoot me if I ever wear my pants below my underwear. Shoot me if I eat this entire pint of Haagen-Dazs, etc. Writer Ruben Grijalva uses this usually non-actionable catchphrase as the catalyst for this untypically light drama about the effects of dementia on both the victim of the disease and the family.

BWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse
March 15, 2021

BWW Review: [HIEROGLYPH] at SF Playhouse

BWW Review: INTERLUDE at New Conservatory Theatre Center
March 9, 2021

It's the dark ugly days of August 2020 and COVID isolation and the specter of a 2nd Trump election loom large over writer Jesse Howard who's hunkered down at his childhood home in Manhattan, Kansas with his conservative Christian parents. What transpires in this beautifully written and spoken audio drama is a rumination on where he's bound existentially and practically.

BWW Review: A Red Carol at SF Mime Troupe
December 12, 2020

Ah the simple holiday joys of benevolent capitalism! Probably the most popular of the Xmas productions, Dicken's novella A Christmas Carol has been praised by socialists for its anti-capitalist sentiments.

BWW Review: THE LIGHT at Shotgun Players
December 7, 2020

Chicago-based Loy A. Webb's The Light is much more than a sweet proposal tale between African American couple Rashad (Kenny Scott) and Genesis (Leigh Rondon-Davis). Their two-year anniversary and gift giving evening is a jumping off point for a very heavy socio-political didactic on domestic violence and the plight of Black women. Not your typical holiday fare you'd think, but there is an uplifting denouement that provides hope for not just this couple, but for society at large.

BWW Review: THE JEWELRY BOX at SF Playhouse
December 1, 2020

SF Playhouse continues its steaming on demand season with its 2nd re-telling of Brian Copeland's 2013 alt-Xmas tale The Jewelry Box. I consider this an alternative to the typical Christmas fare and for that purpose it deserves consideration for its simple lesson of holiday giving seen through the perspective of a naïve six-year-old East Oakland boy.

BWW Review: AMERICAN DREAMS at Marin Theatre Company
November 11, 2020

Marin Theatre Company partners with Working Theatre (NYC) and five other theatre companies in presenting the West Coast Digital Debut of Leila Buck's interactive theatrical experience, American Dreams. In the year of COVID-19, digital productions are the new medium and companies are experimenting with available styles, either live recorded productions or in this case, a Zoom presentation similar to our work at home business meetings.

BWW Review: Yasmina Reza's ART at SF Playhouse
October 26, 2020

One friend's purchase of an expensive painting is the catalyst for darkly comic examination of friendships and how easily the bonds can be stretched and broken. Yasmina Reza's sharp, clever script is delivered by three outstanding actors to create a searing metaphor on the deep divisions in our nation. Originally produced in 1994, Art went on to win the Molière Award for Best Author and the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play. SF Playhouse's Bill English directs this digital presentation with multiple camera angles and a minimalist set that allow the stellar cast to mine the dialogue for all its gold.

BWW Review: CITIZEN BRAIN at Shotgun Players
October 26, 2020


BWW Review: LOVE at Marin Theatre Company
March 16, 2020

Straight out of recent headlines of #metoo, Bill Cosby, Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein comes the World Premiere of Kate Cortesi's Love, a clever, well-acted examination of sexual abuse from the perspective of abuser and victim that challenges the black and white image of right and wrong by adding in heavy shades of grey. The results are a thoughtful, yet perplexing look at the dynamics of sexual power politics.

BWW Review: THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
March 10, 2020


BWW Review: ON THE PERIPHERY at Potrero Stage
March 7, 2020


BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Gateway Theatre
March 1, 2020


BWW Review: THE SUPERS at Z Space
February 22, 2020


BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at SF Playhouse
February 7, 2020

Susi Damilano gives a career-defining performance in the Bay Area premiere of Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated writer Nia Vardalos' emotionally rewarding adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's best-selling book. Gorgeously directed by husband Bill English, Tiny Beautiful Things will touch everyone's heartstrings in numerous aspects, leaving you moved, exhilarated and yes, maybe even a tiny bit healed.

BWW Review: MORE GUNS! A Musical Comedy About the NRA
February 3, 2020

San Francisco theatre goers got gypped! Oh, not by this sensationally funny satire on America's gun culture, but by the fact that it only got a limited three-performance run. Running for the past 18 months in LA, a musical comedy that pokes fun at our warped political processes, conservatives and 'woke' liberals is perfect fodder for San Francisco audiences. Three sold put audiences here were treated to a perfect musical comedy- great performances, a compelling story and a fantastic hummable score.

BWW Review: YOU'LL CATCH FLIES at New Conservatory Theatre Center
January 27, 2020

A fun party among best friends takes a decidedly dark turn in the World Premiere of Ryan Fogarty's cautionary tale of the deleterious effects of gossip, judgement and miscommunications. Based on a series of real-life encounters, Fogarty presents a nightmare orgy of sniping, back-stabbing and behavior most decidedly un-friendly. While my generation had The Broken Hearts Club and Longtime Companion, You'll Catch Flies feels like a millennial version of 1968's Boys in the Band'. Playing to a young demographic, this play, like its predecessors, should scare the bejesus out of gays by representing an unapologetic vision of the worst of human nature.

BWW Review: HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE at Custom Made Theatre Co.
January 25, 2020




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