Q&A w Glynn Turman

The actor Glynn Turman, now appearing in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Mark Taper Forum, began his acting career at 13, as a member of the original Broadway cast of “A Raisin in the Sun,” received an Emmy  ...

The Lion, The Old Globe

I once had a public speaking teacher suggest we occasionally step out from behind the podium. I tried it, but it was uncomfortable. The podium provided a wall of separation from the audience, protection. I didn’t like feeling naked in  ...

Heisenberg

What makes great theater? If your answer is elaborate sets, music and dance, “Heisenberg” is not for you. But if you want to watch the beautifully acted, captivating interaction between two strangers — lost souls, who, by the end of  ...

The Last Wife

Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife is probably the one you don’t remember. She was Katherine Parr, Henry’s third Catherine, and a feminist before her time. Timeline Theatre’s new production of Kate Hennig’s play, "The Last Wife," introduces her to  ...

October Sky

For some reason, when I think about “October Sky” it comes out in the voice of Stefan, Bill Hader’s club character on SNL. ‘This show has everything: rockets, coal, a love song to coal, daddy issues, moonshine, secret finance, songs  ...

Dear Master

Aurora Theatre, Berkeley, California Written by Dorothy Bryant Directed by Joy Carlin Starring Kimberly King, Michael Ray Wisely Website Berkeley playwright Dorothy Bryant seemed delighted to be in the audience at the opening of Aurora Theatre’s 25th anniversary  ...

Charles III

After rave reviews and awards in London and New York, a new production of “Charles III” opened at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater (ACT). Co-produced by ACT, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Washington D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, “Charles III” will  ...

Caught

Shotgun Player’s production of playwright Christopher Chen’s stimulating, creative and complex work, “Caught,” confounded and ultimately conquered the audience in its opening night performance in Berkeley, California. The mesmerizing “Caught” concerns truth and lies in their infinite varieties, and the  ...

Shakespeare’s Othello

What is it about the human psyche that makes us willing to believe the most insidious and hateful lies about someone else, even one closest to us? Is it because accepting the worst in another makes us feel better about  ...

A View from the Bridge

What a treat. The Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is a powerful offering even in the cavernous space of the Ahmanson Theatre. Oh, there have mutterings through the years. ‘View is not Miller’s best  ...