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  ...

Rain

One thing the Old Globe does exceptionally well is make Shakespeare relevant. Through sets, costumes and playfully exploiting the Bard’s lack of stage directions, the theater brings these plays alive for 21st Century audiences. They feel significant. Unfortunately, “Rain”  ...

Act of God

God descends from the heavens to San Francisco’s Tenderloin Golden Gate Theater to announce the Good News: a post-modern, pre-apocalyptic update of the Ten Commandments. And who better to play God tossing out rewrites than Sean Hayes? Hayes was the  ...

Two Trains Running

August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” is the 60's installment of his Century Cycle plays that track African American life from each decade of the 20th century. "Train" is set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1969 and concerns  ...

The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai

Trajal Harrell’s sort-of West Coast Premiere,“The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai,” never really happens according to its choreographer. In fact, it started premiering in 2015 and “still won’t be ready for today’s performance,” announces Harrell from a front row  ...

The Realistic Joneses, SF

There is a lot of depth to be found in banality. Especially if you dig under the dialogue of a Will Eno play. A master wordsmith, Eno keeps things simple, accessible and really funny, while hinting at the big questions  ...

“The Soul’s Messenger”

For the final concert of the 21st Other Minds Festival, Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble delivered a bare bones retrospective of a handful of Monk’s abundant and mesmerizing repertoire. It’s an oxymoron to say that this life long minimalist presented  ...

Macbeth, Berkeley

“Bubble bubble, toil and trouble” and for what? An evening of “sound and fury,” signifying, if not nothing, precious little. Expectation ran high for Berkeley Rep’s visually stunning, starry production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Helmed by the great American  ...

The Flick

  Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning script for "The Flick," newly opened at Steppenwolf Theatre, gives us a chance to get to know three people, underpaid workers in a movie theater in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Their story of the minimum-wage economy  ...