It’s alive! Death and theater

Oct 26

Two extraordinary shows are lighting up Bay Area stages, and in each of them, the specter of death hovers in the shadows. In Trevor Allen’s intelligent, compassionate adaptation of Frankenstein at the Thick House, Victor Frankenstein defies death by creating life from dead parts and cowering from the unexpected results. Over at Intersection for the Arts,...

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Theater review: `Fukú Americanus’

May 22

EXTENDED AGAIN THROUGH JULY 12! Maria Candelaria (left) is Belicia, Biko Eisen-Martin (center) is Fukú and Vanessa Cota is Lola in the Campo Santo/Intersection for the Arts production of Fukú Americanus, a theatrical adaptation of Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Photos by James Faerron Diaz novel finds vibrant...

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Diaz novel `Oscar Wao’ hits stage as `Fuku Americanus’

May 12

I wrote a story for the San Francisco Chronicle about Junot Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao becoming the Campo Santo/Intersection for the Arts play Fuku Americanus. Read the story...

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Theater by the Bay: Best of 2008

Dec 23

Theatergoing in the San Francisco Bay Area is one of life’s treats. No question about it. If you love theater, this is a wonderland. In this devastating economic climate, may that only hold true for the next couple of years. There is so much good theater here, so many incredible actors, writers, directors and crafts people that an annual Top 10 is often...

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Catwoman’s `Journey,’ `Angry’ keeps going

Nov 18

Lee Meriwether has had a long, distinguished career that stretches from her beauty queen days as Miss San Francisco, Miss California and eventually Miss America in the mid-’50s to her stint alongside Buddy Ebsen on TV’s “Barnaby Jones” in the ’70s. But Meriwether will probably always be best known for playing Catwoman in the 1966 movie...

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Review: `Angry Black White Boy’

Oct 28

EXTENDED AGAIN THROUGH DEC. 7 Keith Pinto (left) and Dan Wolf star in Wolf’s adaptation of the Adam Mansbach novel Angry Black White Boy at San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts. The dynamic production features live music, rap, dance and old-fashioned storytelling. Photos by Evan Loewy   Music, beats, movement make `Angry’ a...

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