Blithe Spirit, LA

Here is the perfect Christmas gift for the "Downton Abbey"/"Upstairs Downstairs"/antimacassar set. Anglophiles will probably thrill to the (sometimes hard to catch) British accents, Designer Simon Higlett's perfect English drawing room, and Noël Coward's ever-so-tasteful, black-tie double entendres. Angela Lansbury  ...

Irish Theatre’s “Shining City”

The scene is a dingy therapist’s office in Dublin. Ian (Coburn Goss), a former priest, is preparing his new office for his first client. Over the course of the 100-minute, five-scene, production, the office is the scene of poignant therapy  ...

Peter and the Starcatcher, Palo Alto, CA

With enough swash and buckle and bathroom humor to satisfy any kid and lots of double entendre and witty word-play for the grownups, Peter Pan and his crew flew back in town with a little something for everyone. Silicon  ...

Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, SF

San Francisco has its icons, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Chinatown, including the gay Castro district. And, as the world has recently been brought to its knees to remember, it has its share of dynasties too; from the San  ...

Into the Woods, LA

Trip thee lightly into the woods my darlings but beware the eternal dangers lurking there. Thus it is and thus it shall always be. The woods are full of wolves, giants, controlling mothers, faithless spouses, impossible dreams ... all manner  ...

Breakfast With Mugabe, Berkeley

An intimate power struggle between Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, and Dr. Andrew Peric, a white Zimbabwean psychiatrist, is the compelling concept of this gripping, finely acted drama. British author Fraser Grace based his riveting play, first produced by  ...

What the Butler Saw, LA

What is naughty or nice is often a matter of when the question is asked. In 1967 when it debuted, "What the Butler Saw" was not only naughty, it was downright scandalous. In 2014? Not so much. Still witty,  ...

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, Berkeley

Molly Ivins deserves better. “Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins,” Kathleen Turner’s one-person show (except for a copy boy, Michael Barrett Austin, who silently wanders in and out, handing her dispatches from the AP wire machine that  ...

The Old Woman, Berkeley

Don’t ask me what it means. The inspired nonsense that comes out of the fertile brain of Robert Wilson is meaningless, yet fraught with meaning — barely comprehensible but hugely entertaining — absurdism at its finest. There’s a story there  ...