Interview with playwright Lisa Loomer

In late February, I had a chance to sit down with playwright Lisa Loomer (“The Waiting Room,” “Girl Interrupted”) to discuss her play “Roe,” now at Berkeley Rep. My own experience with the political and practical history of winning and  ...

Sheldon Harnick, musical theater legend.

Sheldon Harnick’s mind was stuck on a lyric, but his body was on the move. He walks or finds other ways to get moving to free his creative process when he’s suffering a case of writer’s block.A truck was  ...

To Kill a Mockingbird

The program for Florida Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” lists Maycomb, Ala., 1935 as the time and setting. That is partially correct: Director Robert Cacioppo’s smart staging of the classic, based on Harper Lee’s 1960  ...

Hand to God

“Hand to God,” a Tony-nominated, riotously funny romp, shaded with black undertones, uses a foul-mouthed sock puppet to demonstrate the shocking results when one is freed from society’s moral restraints. Playwright Robert Askins accomplishes this lesson using ribald humor overlaying  ...

“Jitney” producer Ron Simons

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Chalk up another success for award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons --putting on Broadway the only August Wilson "Pittsburgh Cycle" play that has yet to appear on the Great White Way. Simons doesn't have a definitive  ...

Blue Door

A man with a serious case of insomnia is forced to take a serious look at his life choices in “Blue Door” at the Moxie Theatre. Lewis (Vimel Sephus) is a professor of  ...

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

Picasso and Einstein walk into a bar. That’s the setup; “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is the extended, absurdist punchline. Set in Paris in 1904, Freddy (Donald Faison) is getting the bar ready for business. He is joined by  ...

Between Riverside and Crazy

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The desperate, proud man at the center of GableStage’s excellent production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy “Between Riverside and Crazy” spreads his arms wide and yells his name as if for  ...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Against the current rage of Islamophobia infecting our nation, the world premiere of "The Thousand Splendid Suns" at ACT's Geary Theater explores the plight of Afghani women. Based on Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling 2007 novel, this theatrical adaptation by  ...

The Real Thing

”I believe in mess, tears, pain, self-abasement, loss of self-respect, nakedness. Not caring doesn’t seem much different from not loving.” ― Tom Stoppard, “The Real Thing” Aurora’s outstanding production of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning 1982 play, “The Real Thing,”  ...