The Father

What goes on in the mind of someone with dementia? Way beyond the minor annoyance felt when we can’t find our car keys, it’s a world where conversations are recycled in an endless loop, time becomes meaningless and complete strangers purport to be family members leading to angst, anger and  ...

A Walk on the Moon

It seems that there are very few newly minted original musicals these days. They are either revivals or are based on existing books or movies, which provides producers and audiences with familiarity and confidence. With the exorbitant cost of producing a musical, not to mention of  ...

Mies Julie

"Mies Julie" is a scorchingly sexy, shockingly violent adaptation of August Strindberg’s "Miss Julie," transported from 1888 Sweden to 2012 South Africa. Incidents that may or may not happen offstage in 1888 happen onstage in 2012. In "Mies Julie" at Victory Gardens Theater, playwright Yaël Farber translates the relationship  ...

Dry Land

Two teen-aged girls on a Florida high school swim team navigate the precarious path to female adulthood and friendship in Ruby Rae Spiegel’s honest, meaningful and intense 90-minute drama, “Dry Land.” It premiered in New York City when Spiegel was only 21 years old, and the author captures fully the  ...

Native Gardens

A young couple buys a fixer-upper in an older affluent neighborhood only to discover a fence, hastily installed by the previous owner, shortchanges their property line by two feet. Breaking the news to their neighbors – who, unaware of the misalignment, have for years invested time, money and ego into  ...

New Century Chamber Orchestra

We love to put people in boxes. She's progressive, he's conservative. This music is twelve-tone, that music is minimalist. But the final concert of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra showed how artificial these divisions are. Music is supposed to communicate, otherwise what's the point? And this beautifully assembled program  ...

The Originalist

"The Originalist" profiles one term in the career of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Court Theatre production, directed by Molly Smith, proves that although Scalia may have been a “monster,” as his opponents called him (to his delight), he was really a charming monster. The story  ...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a poignant tale about how women have suffered in Afghanistan under a patriarchal culture and a series of repressive regimes. It’s an important story, but in this case, it’s weighed down by the sheer volume of tragedy. Adapted from the novel by Khaled  ...