Vintage Broadway

Anyone going to a performance of Hello, Dolly!—running now at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre through March 17—with an appetite for an enlightened look...

Trial of the Centuries

“Satire,” said American playwright and humorist George S. Kaufman, “is what closes Saturday night.”That quote came to mind as I sat in the audience...

Comic Spoils

When Joe Orton’s Loot opened in Cambridge, England, in 1965, it created such a scandal that the Lord Chamberlain, England’s official theater “censor” until...

Technicolor Trap

Mysteries and thrillers present interesting challenges for critics. We want to give audiences enough of an idea of the plot to pique their interest...

Take Note

When playwright August Wilson died in 2005, he left behind a body of work that has become a staple of American theater. As much...

Top Torn Tickets

It’s said that musicals are the bread and butter of community theater, so here’s a list of the North Bay productions I toasted this...

Torn Tickets: Part One

’Tis the time for “Best of” lists, so in the spirit of my illustrious predecessor and with a nod to the substantial differences in...

An open letter to Broadway’s latest craze

Dear Evan Hansen,I attended the opening-night performance of the San Francisco run of your national tour at the Curran. I’ve heard a lot about...

Unger Games

There’s no more proven commodity for community theaters than Neil Simon’s Odd Couple. A reliable audience-pleaser since its 1965 Broadway debut, the story of...

True Believers

For Marin audiences seeking live, holiday-themed entertainment, local theater companies are currently presenting an ecclesiastical musical and a one-man holiday reminiscence.In 1985, writer-composer Dan...