Participants

TheatreFirst has commissioned 12 enlivening and exhilarating short plays by outstanding playwrights that are designed to provoke thought, discussion and action. All the pieces in “Participants” share the didactic theme of exploring society’s reaction to our current social and political circumstances. The plays, in various ways, urge the spectators to  ...

The Shape of Water (2017)

Anyone whose pulse has ever quickened watching classic horror and fantasy films should be thrilled by Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” It’s a picture deeply rooted in the beloved post-war apocalyptic movies that del Toro devoured as a kid growing up in Mexico. But fear of annihilation  ...

Scott Wells & Dancers 25th Anniversary

The year 2017 has been a record one for San Franciscan choreographers and dancers celebrating landmark anniversaries. While some of these anniversary performances can be over- indulgent, others remain true to the creative talent driving their sustained careers. However, few of these luminaries can claim what dance veterans Scott Wells  ...

“Indomitable Waltz”

In its December 2, two-performance appearance at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center in Los Angeles, the Cuban dance company Malpaso featured “Indomitable Waltz,” a 2016 work set on the company in Cuba by noted choreographer Aszure Barton. It was a first-time collaboration between Barton and the company.  ...

Some of a Thousand Words (West Coast Premiere)

“In ballet they call it a mistake. In modern we call it improvised.” Brian Brooks “Some of a Thousand Words” ends where it began. This creative hour-long performance concludes with a segment started five years ago when Brian Brooks choreographed “First Fall” specifically for Wendy Whelan’s “Restless  ...

Robert Rauschenberg at SFMoMA

Since the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) reopened its doors a year and a half ago, showcasing a substantial transformation, it has rivaled all of its museum counterparts throughout the country, including the New York Museum of Modern Art. Beyond the physicality of the space, which covers several  ...

Black Rider

While many theatre companies put on undemanding feel-good musical shows for the holidays, leave it to Shotgun Players to produce the lauded “Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,” an avant-garde expressionist take on a German folktale about a Faustian deal with the devil, written by beat  ...

Something Rotten (National Tour)

Sometimes a pot shot is just too easy. Sometimes it lands right on the bull’s eye. “Something Rotten,” the title of the new musical at the Ahmanson, offers a quiver full of justifications for a critic to lay into it. Before, let me also tell you that there were moments  ...

The Joffrey Ballet

Choreographer Justin Peck’s minimalistic “In Creases” started off this weekend’s Joffrey Ballet performance at Zellerbach Hall with a piano work by Philip Glass, “Four Movements For Two Pianos.” With two pianos facing each other mirror-like, the black pianos dressed the stage as both instruments and set, contrasting the all-white  ...

The Minutes

Steppenwolf Theatre’s world premiere of The Minutes by Tracy Letts takes place during a small town city council meeting. It’s a satire of small-town politics, individual grievances and so much more. Viewed totally, it’s an example of theater at its best. Entertaining, thought-provoking, puzzling, conversation-starting. Steppenwolf bills it as  ...