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BWW Review: LOVE at Marin Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: LOVE at Marin Theatre Company
by Steve Murray - 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 add...
BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at San Francisco Ballet Delivers Triumphantly o Photo BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at San Francisco Ballet Delivers Triumphantly on a Balanchine Classic
by Jim Munson - March 10, 2020

Opening night of San Francisco Ballet's triumphant production of George Balanchine's a?oeA Midsummer Night's Dreama?? was both a thrilling and heartbreaking occasion. Thrilling because SFB gave a masterful performance of this Balanchine classic that has gone missing from its repertoire for far too l...
BWW Review: THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Photo BWW Review: THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
by Steve Murray - March 10, 2020

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BWW Review: ON THE PERIPHERY at Potrero Stage Photo BWW Review: ON THE PERIPHERY at Potrero Stage
by Steve Murray - March 07, 2020

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BWW Review: DON'T EAT THE MANGOS at Magic Theatre Uncovers a Puerto Rican Family's Da Photo BWW Review: DON'T EAT THE MANGOS at Magic Theatre Uncovers a Puerto Rican Family's Dark Legacy in a Gorgeous Production
by Jim Munson - March 06, 2020

There are some plays, even enjoyable ones, that you forget almost instantly after seeing them. There are others you find yourself thinking of for days afterwards, still mulling them over, savoring their certain moments from them, revisiting their ambiguities and unlocking their mysteries. a?oeDon't ...
BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Foothill Music Theatre Provides a Rollickin Photo BWW Review: THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Foothill Music Theatre Provides a Rollicking Good Time
by Jim Munson - March 04, 2020

Sometimes it IS enough just to be entertained, ya know? I don't care how socio-politically engaged you are, I think everyone needs at least an occasional break from all the angst and mishegas out there, and that's exactly what Foothill Music Theatre provides with its antic musical comedy 'The Myster...
BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Gateway Theatre Photo BWW Review: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at Gateway Theatre
by Steve Murray - March 01, 2020

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BWW Review: THE LAST SHIP STARRING STING at Golden Gate Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE LAST SHIP STARRING STING at Golden Gate Theatre
by Linda Hodges - February 29, 2020

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BWW Review: GLORIA at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater - A Sharp, Shrewd Work That Is Bound To Photo BWW Review: GLORIA at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater - A Sharp, Shrewd Work That Is Bound To Be A Classic.
by Tim Sullivan - February 27, 2020

BWW Review: GLORIA at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater is a sharp, shrewd work that is bound to be a classic, and a chance to see one of the most skilled writers of our day at the height of his powers....
BWW Review: THE SUPERS at Z Space Photo BWW Review: THE SUPERS at Z Space
by Steve Murray - February 22, 2020

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BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY at Bay Area Musicals Lets It Go with Humor & Heart Photo BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY at Bay Area Musicals Lets It Go with Humor & Heart
by Jim Munson - February 19, 2020

a?oeThe Full Montya?? in its stage musical incarnation is certainly a curious show. While largely a raucous comedy, it also touches on a host of seriously unfunny issues, including economic disparity, body image, parental rights, homophobia and suicide. The script contains countless f-bombs and much...
BWW Review: DANCE INNOVATIONS at San Francisco Ballet Delivers Thrills and Heartbreak Photo BWW Review: DANCE INNOVATIONS at San Francisco Ballet Delivers Thrills and Heartbreak
by Jim Munson - February 18, 2020

San Francisco Ballet's latest mixed repertoire program, a?oeDance Innovations,a?? covers a lot of territory thematically and choreographically, and has a wealth of transcendent moments. Two of the ballets were made expressly for SFB, and the other is a classic from the mid-20th century....
BWW Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Golden Gate Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL at Golden Gate Theatre
by Linda Hodges - February 15, 2020

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BWW Review: GATZ at Berkeley Rep Transforms the Great American Novel into a Singular Photo BWW Review: GATZ at Berkeley Rep Transforms the Great American Novel into a Singular Theatrical Experience
by Jim Munson - February 15, 2020

'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, he told me, just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.' Thus famously begins both F. S...
BWW Review: CLASSICAL (RE)VISION at San Francisco Ballet Offers a Sparkling Program o Photo BWW Review: CLASSICAL (RE)VISION at San Francisco Ballet Offers a Sparkling Program of Contemporary Dance
by Jim Munson - February 13, 2020

How lucky we are to be living in the age of Mark Morris! My first thought watching San Francisco Ballet's opening night performance of their a?oeClassical (Re)Visiona?? program was a?oeGod, they're good!a?? SF Ballet presents a sparking and varied program of contemporary ballet that will leave you s...
BWW Review: CHICAGO at San Jose Stage Company Photo BWW Review: CHICAGO at San Jose Stage Company
by Paul Bolton - February 09, 2020

Chicago is a class act at the San Jose Stage Theatre as it brings out the razzle-dazzle with one of the longest running Broadway musicals to date.The a?oeStage'sa?? production, directed by Randall King,  has an earthy grit to it that makes the sensual Bob Fosse Choreography all the more irresistible...
BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at SF Playhouse Photo BWW Review: TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS at SF Playhouse
by Steve Murray - February 07, 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...
BWW Review: WAKEY WAKEY at American Conservatory Theatre Is A Superbly-Acted Explora Photo BWW Review: WAKEY WAKEY at American Conservatory Theatre Is A Superbly-Acted Exploration Of What It Means To Be Alive In The Modern World
by Tim Sullivan - February 03, 2020

Wakey Wakey is a superbly-acted exploration of what it means to be alive in the modern world that will provoke you and ultimately lift you out of your seat with a deeper appreciation for the life you're leading....
BWW Review: MORE GUNS! A Musical Comedy About the NRA Photo BWW Review: MORE GUNS! A Musical Comedy About the NRA
by Steve Murray - February 03, 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 'w...
BWW Review: TAKING STEPS at The Pear Theatre In Mountain View, CA Photo BWW Review: TAKING STEPS at The Pear Theatre In Mountain View, CA
by Paul Bolton - February 02, 2020

The Pear Theatre threads an intricately interwoven tale strewn with fun and laughs. Confusion and chaos abound in Alan Ayckbourn's fantastically fun farce a?oeTaking Stepsa?? now playing at the Pear Theatre in Mountain View, CA ...
BWW Review: YOU'LL CATCH FLIES at New Conservatory Theatre Center Photo BWW Review: YOU'LL CATCH FLIES at New Conservatory Theatre Center
by Steve Murray - 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 behavio...
BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at South Bay Music Theatre Photo BWW Review: SHE LOVES ME at South Bay Music Theatre
by Paul Bolton - January 26, 2020

There's a mist of romance in the air as South Bay Music Theatre automizes a scent of romance with the hit musical a?oeShe Loves Mea??.  This scintillating tale of love lost and found at the workplace was the 1993 Tony Award winner for best revival. Written by Joe Masteroff (book), Jerry Bock (music)...
BWW Review: HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE at Custom Made Theatre Co. Photo BWW Review: HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE at Custom Made Theatre Co.
by Steve Murray - January 25, 2020

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BWW Review: THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE at Mountain View Center For The Performing Photo BWW Review: THE PIANIST OF WILLESDEN LANE at Mountain View Center For The Performing Arts
by Steve Murray - January 20, 2020

Hershey Felder has mastered the niche of incorporating the beauty of classical music with a dramatic arc to create compelling works of theatre that satisfy emotionally and educate as well. Channeling the masters Gershwin, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and others, Felder is a master portraitist, concert...
BWW Review: NOURA at Marin Theatre Company Photo BWW Review: NOURA at Marin Theatre Company
by Steve Murray - January 18, 2020

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