Tokyo Fish Story

At the highest level, sushi chefs blend artistry and discipline. Apprentice chefs can spend years performing grunt work before they’re even allowed to make rice. The intensity is almost martial. This is the world of Tokyo Fish Story.  ...

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

In Cal Shake’s creative new gender-bending version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” much text was deleted and some was added, to various levels of success. In a newly added prologue, we see a group of caterers cleaning  ...

Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook

"Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook" takes us on a visit to a tragic but inspiring moment in Chicago history and does it with a bang-up band of actors and musicians. The new Underscore Theatre production premiering this week at the Edge  ...

Spinning

The struggles of single parenthood and the dread of losing a child cause the worlds of Conor (Dan Waller) and Susan (Jodi Kingsley) to spin out of control in the tense 75-minute play, “Spinning", at the Irish Theatre of  ...

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Berkeley

J.M. Barrie’s famed character Peter Pan probably is the ultimate statement on the wish for eternal youth. More than Ponce de Leon’s fruitless search for the fountain, Dorian Gray’s nefarious portrait, or the frozen faces of Botox devotees today, Peter  ...

Camp David

An Orthodox Jew, a Muslim, and a born-again Christian meet in the woods. This isn’t the setup to a joke, but the true story of 13 days that led to a peace agreement between historic enemies Israel and Egypt.  ...

Our Lady of Kibeho

In the 1980s, in an all-girls Catholic school in rural Rwanda, young Alphonsine (Cashae Monya, utterly believable as one in a state of grace) claims visions of the Virgin Mary. The story opens with  ...

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.  ...