San Francisco Theater Reviews
 


ALADDIN a Magical Musical Delight Now Thru Jan 7 ALADDIN a Magical Musical Delight Now Thru Jan 7
by Linda Hodges - November 12, 2017

If you're looking for a holiday confectionary delight then get prepared to be dazzled by ALADDIN, playing now thru Jan. 7, 2018 at SF's Orpheum Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is Magnificent BWW Review: World Premiere of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT is Magnificent
by Linda Hodges - October 18, 2017

This weekend saw the TheatreWorks world premiere of The Prince of Egypt, which first came to life almost 20 years ago as a DreamWorks animated movie of the same name. Taking its cue more from Cecil B. de Mille's 'The Ten Commandments' and less so from the Bible, Philip LaZebnik's musical book creati... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Lighter Than Air at the Orpheum Theatre
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - An Exceptional Ten Days Pairing the Best in Wine, Food and Entertainment BWW Review: 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - An Exceptional Ten Days Pairing the Best in Wine, Food and Entertainment
by Christina Mancuso - July 24, 2017

The 2017 FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up their 12th year, transforming California's wine country into a multi-cultural 10-day celebration, pairing the world's most talented artists -- from classical musicians to famous comedians and Hollywood personalities to Broadway and opera stars to world r... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway San Jose has you at 'Hello!' BWW Review: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Broadway San Jose has you at 'Hello!'
by Robert Sokol - July 18, 2017

There's not a lot to be written about The Book of Mormon that's new but the tour currently in San Jose is definitely worth another joyful, irreverent look.... (more...)
Playwright Min Kahng's 'THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL MANGA' is a World Premiere Masterpiece Playwright Min Kahng's 'THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL MANGA' is a World Premiere Masterpiece
by Linda Hodges - July 17, 2017

Playwright Min Kahng's 'THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL MANGA' is a World Premiere Masterpiece. Get your tickets now at www.theatreworks.org. This show is not to be missed!... (more...)
BWW Review: Imaginative and Thought-Provoking, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Now Thru July 23 BWW Review: Imaginative and Thought-Provoking, THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, Now Thru July 23
by Linda Hodges - June 30, 2017

Playing now through July 23, 'The Curious Incident' gets curiouser and curiouser until you're completely pulled in - at once enthralled and appalled by what's unfolding and what it takes for Christopher to simply be himself in the world. Winner of five 2015 Tonys, including Best Play, it's an imagin... (more...)
BWW Review: Another  Openin' Weekend at Transcendence Theatre, Wine Country Paradise, Sonoma Valley Inn and More! BWW Review: Another Openin' Weekend at Transcendence Theatre, Wine Country Paradise, Sonoma Valley Inn and More!
by Christina Mancuso - June 26, 2017

With more than 900 wineries combined, Napa Valley and Sonoma County are truly a wine lover's paradise.  But more than wine, these regions offer the best of Northern California, including miles of Pacific coastline, towering redwoods, breathtaking views, luxury resorts and spas, world class restauran... (more...)
BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks the Geary Theatre BWW Review: A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN Rocks the Geary Theatre
by Robert Sokol - June 26, 2017

While not particularly illuminating on the life of the singer, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (now extended to July 9) delivers powerful vocal performances from Kacee Clanton and a strong supporting cast including Sharon Brown.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway-Bound ROMAN HOLIDAY is A Sweet Confection BWW Review: Broadway-Bound ROMAN HOLIDAY is A Sweet Confection
by Linda Hodges - June 07, 2017

“Roman Holiday” is a sweet confection of a show for sure, though in its present form, it lacks the meaty bite needed to make it a Broadway special.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Stands Watch at Broadway San Jose BWW Review: THE BODYGUARD Stands Watch at Broadway San Jose
by Robert Sokol - April 27, 2017

Deborah Cox and company make THE BODYGUARD easy to consume pop nostalgia in a slick production that makes few demands and delivers on the expected soundtrack highlights.... (more...)
BWW Review: Opening Night of HAMILTON: A Rapper's Delight, Now thru August 5 BWW Review: Opening Night of HAMILTON: A Rapper's Delight, Now thru August 5
by Linda Hodges - March 24, 2017

Alexander Hamilton Lin was waiting just to sing for you. Alexander Hamilton We're so happy that your life rings 'new!... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Playhouse Merced BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Playhouse Merced
by Harmony Wheeler - March 14, 2017

Based on a children's book and built with a mostly adult audience in mind, Peter and the Starcatcher isn't the sort of show you can put in a defined box. The J.M. Barrie-inspired play utilizes an unusual narrative style dependent on a versatile cast and imaginative staging. And of course, familiarit... (more...)
BWW Review: Have a Little PATIENCE with Lamplighters Music Theatre BWW Review: Have a Little PATIENCE with Lamplighters Music Theatre
by Harmony Wheeler - February 14, 2017

This production offers the very best of Lamplighters Music Theater.  As of last week's opening, Barbara Heroux has now directed every Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Once again, she brings the finest ensemble (with leads double-cast) and a pleasant, character-driven staging.... (more...)
World Premiere of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is Stunning World Premiere of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS is Stunning
by Linda Hodges - February 11, 2017

Playing now through February 26, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is at once haunting and hopeful; shattering and uplifting and will surely open people's hearts and minds to the plight of women in the world today.... (more...)