The Last Five Years, SF

At the moment Jamie meets Cathy, she already has lost him. That’s the time-bending conceit of Jason Robert Brown’s terrific little musical, “The Last Five Years,” newly opened at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Brown tells the tale, mostly in  ...

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Goodman Theatre opened its Lorraine Hansberry Celebration Monday night with a new production of Hansberry’s last play, "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window." The play, first produced in 1964 with a three-month Broadway run, is a time-warp  ...

My Mañana Comes

Yes, you can count on the Fountain Theatre to offer well produced and directed plays with top notch actors. Of all the many equity waiver theaters in and around Los Angeles, The Fountain is perhaps the most consistent.  ...

Treasure Island

Someone is singing a sea chantey as the deck slowly rocks beneath the sailors’ feet. A properly-brought-up young English lad lad gazes in wonderment at the strange sights — a parrot perched on a pirate’s shoulder, palm trees swaying  ...

Mary Page Marlowe

Mary Page Marlowe is an ordinary woman, living in US flyover country. (How I hate that term.) She has a couple of failed marriages, loses her job as a CPA, drinks too much, moves from Dayton to Lexington (to the  ...

Constellations

From Star Trek to Sliders, parallel universes have been a science fiction go-to for years and have the advantage of being based on actual science. When physicists study the quantum realm – think atoms and smaller – they sometimes  ...

Kinky Boots

These boots were definitely not made for walkin’. No siree. If you have been under a rock or otherwise missed the hoopla around the 2013, 6-Tony-Awards-winner “Kinky Boots,” the musical – not to be confused with “Kinky Boots,” the movie  ...

Cyrano, Silicon Valley

When I was a young college student I dated a lot of guys. But only one had my heart of hearts. His name was Cyrano de Bergerac. Between reading Edmond Rostand’s beautiful play and the seeing the 1950 Jose Ferrer  ...

The Revisionist

Oh Jesse, you should have known better. You are at the top of my list of millennial actors but you stumbled with this one. First of all, when you write something, do not title it such that it is an  ...