Lost in Austen with Marin’s Christmas at Pemberly

Nov 30

Lost in Austen with Marin’s <i>Christmas at Pemberly</i>

We're all in need of some genuine Christmas cheer this year, and that's exactly what Marin Theatre Company's Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley provides. It's sweet without being sappy. It's sharp, clever and funny with a warm undercurrent of genuine emotion. What more could you want from a holiday show (except maybe passed eggnog and a round of carols)?

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The delights of TheatreWorks’ time-twisting Triangle

Jul 14

The delights of TheatreWorks’ time-twisting <i>Triangle</i>

In the wake of my review of TheatreWorks' world premiere musical Triangle someone tweeted a link to the review and suggested that the show could make it to Broadway. I have some thoughts about that.

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Starry, starry night: Gunderson lights up Sky at TheatreWorks

Jan 19

Starry, starry night: Gunderson lights up <i>Sky</i> at TheatreWorks

Mind-expanding science and heart-expanding characters are the stock in trade of San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson, whose not-so-stealthy takeover of the Bay Area theater scene couldn't be more welcome. Her staggering smarts are matched by her delectable sense of humor, so any new work with her name attached to it is reason for celebration.

Gunderson's latest Bay Area production comes from TheatreWorks: Silent Sky, a bright, poignant drama...

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Magic camps it up with Another Way Home

Nov 17

Magic camps it up with <i>Another Way Home</i>

Director Meredith McDonough's production of Another Way Home, a world-premiere play by Anna Ziegler, at the Magic Theatre, is so sharp, so expertly performed and executed it may take a while to realize that the play itself is a fragment that doesn't amount to much or really even make much sense. There's a play in there I'd like to see, but it's not the one that Ziegler has delivered.

Like John Guare did in Six Degrees of Separation, Ziegler has a well-heeled Manhattan couple address the audience directly as if whatever story they're about to relate has had little effect on them beyond another story from the "anecdote jukebox." They're speaking from the other side of the events that comprise the action of the play, and that distance is a chasm that the drama only occasionally bridges in the play's short, 75-minute running time.

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