Theater: Defying explication

by Charles BrousseIt’s hard to know what to make of Mona Mansour’s The Way West, which is currently making its Bay Area debut at...

Theater: Double bravura

by Charles BrousseLike rare night sky conjunctions of the solar system’s major planets, it doesn’t happen very often that our region’s “flagship” theaters—San Francisco’s...

Theater: The perils of love

by Charles BrousseIt all depends on expectations.That’s my prediction of how audience members will feel when they exit The Barn Theatre after viewing Ross...

Theater: Tour de force

by Charles BrousseNo doubt you’ve noticed a tendency among theater critics, myself included, to describe the merits of a show in a review’s initial...

Theater: The family tree

by Charles BrousseJulie Hebert’s Tree, which just opened a six-week run at the San Francisco Playhouse, is like a spicy bowl of Cajun gumbo.There...

Theater: More than a one-night stand

by Charles BrousseIn the Bay Area, standing ovations are definitely “in.” After many years of frequenting opening nights at local theaters, I’ve observed the...

Theater: Open season

by Charles BrousseAlthough for many who work in live theater the December holidays are a welcome respite, one group doesn’t share this luxury. These...

Theater: A ‘Total’ Hit

by Charles BrousseIf a blend of Monte Python and Saturday Night Live, punctuated by a bloody tongue-in-cheek nod to The Sopranos in the closing...
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Theater: Twofer One

by Charles BrousseTo celebrate the holidays and generate a little extra cash from performance spaces that otherwise would remain dark, theater companies often schedule special...