San Francisco Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars' Triumphantly Climbs the 'Stairway to Paradise' BWW Review: Transcendence Theatre's 'Broadway Under the Stars' Triumphantly Climbs the 'Stairway to Paradise'
by Christina Mancuso - June 21, 2018

'Every Moment Counts' as Director/Choreographer Tony Gonzalez reminds us to embrace the sights and sounds and soak up every second of life as we climb the 'Stairway to Paradise' -- the theme of this year's 'Broadway Under the Stars' by the incomparable Transcendence Theatre Company.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONDUCTED BY FABIEN GABEL at The Jacobs Music Center BWW Review: THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY CONDUCTED BY FABIEN GABEL at The Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - May 11, 2018

The San Diego Symphony, along with many others, is this year celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. The first half of the Symphony's 'Dances Suites and Serenades' concert consisted of 'Three Dance Variations' from Bernstein's ballet Fancy Free, and Serenade (After Plato... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at the Orpheum Theatre is Extraordinary BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at the Orpheum Theatre is Extraordinary
by Linda Hodges - May 04, 2018

Alice Walker's poignantly sad, yet ultimately empowering classic novel, 'The Color Purple,' has found expression on the page, on film and twice now on the musical stage. The revival (book by Marsha Norman; songs by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray), honed to its finest points, tears at ... (more...)
BWW Review: HEAD OVER HEELS Pre-Broadway Premiere BWW Review: HEAD OVER HEELS Pre-Broadway Premiere
by Linda Hodges - April 27, 2018

San Francisco's Curran Theater is playing host to Head Over Heels, an Elizabethan farce and romp featuring the 80s pop-rock music of the Go-Go's. The all-girl band emerged out of the LA punk scene of the late 70s, but they soon found their groove in the driving beat of the power pop songs they wrote... (more...)
BWW Review: VIETGONE deconstructs Vietnam immigrant tropes with laughter at American Conservatory Theater's Strand Theater BWW Review: VIETGONE deconstructs Vietnam immigrant tropes with laughter at American Conservatory Theater's Strand Theater
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: TheatreWorks Brings the Passion of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to the Stage and Into Your Heart BWW Review: TheatreWorks Brings the Passion of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to the Stage and Into Your Heart
by Linda Hodges - April 11, 2018

Brilliant in its simplicity, epic in its scope and poignant in its delivery, TheatreWorks"The Bridges of Madison County" will capture your heart and leave you wondering about the journeys that you've made, the bridges you've crossed and perhaps the road not taken.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequel BWW Review: LOVE NEVER DIES at Broadway San Jose but Lloyd Webber lays it to rest in PHANTOM sequel
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor BWW Review: THE KING AND I at Broadway San Jose is a welcome visitor
by Robert Sokol - 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.... (more...)
BWW Review: Broadway San Jose's RENT: It's All About LOVE! BWW Review: Broadway San Jose's RENT: It's All About LOVE!
by Linda Hodges - January 26, 2018

In an age of angst, with an administration that threatens the fabric of our communities, Broadway San Jose presents RENT and all of sudden, it's all about LOVE! We will survive!... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at 20 YEARS: Still Powerful BWW Review: THE LARAMIE PROJECT at 20 YEARS: Still Powerful
by Linda Hodges - January 24, 2018

Theatre, at its best, can entertain you so much you forget all your troubles for a blissful two hours before remembering your dental appointment the next day. It can also cause you to delve deeply into questions about life, human nature and the gut-wrenching misery that human beings can visit upon o... (more...)
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: 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...)