Stream this! Julia Brothers @ SF Playhouse, Alice Childress @ ACT

Mar 30

I have two recommendations for online theater streaming. The first is a play written by and starring one of our best stage actors, and the second is an engaging reading of a timely play about race that happens to be 66 years old. Julia Brothers plays herself in her solo show I Was Right Here, streamed as part of the San Francisco Playhouse season. Photo by Donny...

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Starry, starry byte – digital Van Gogh enlivens SF arts scene

Mar 18

Immersive Van Gogh allows visitors to experience what it might be like if you stepped into a painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The multimedia experience runs through Sept. 6 at SVN West in San Francisco. Photos by Cheshire Isaacs While museums are reopening (slowly) and theaters are sadly stuck as likely the last venues to come back to life, there’s a new hybrid...

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Playhouse, Hansberry join for powerful [hieroglyph]

Mar 15

Davis (Jamella Cross, left) explains herself to Ms. T. (Safiya Fredericks) after an altercation in the classroom in [hieroglyph], a co-production of San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre streaming through April 3. Below: Davis explains the meaning of her artwork to her father Ernest (Khary L. Moye). Photos by Jessica Palopoli No play can address...

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Catastrophist unleashes contagious drama – catch it

Jan 31

William DeMeritt is Nathan in Lauren Gunderson’s The Catastrophist produced by Marin Theatre Company and Round House Theatre. Photos courtesy of Marin Theatre Company; Director of Photography Peter Ruocco; Lighting Designer Wen-Ling Liao; Costume Designer Sarah Smith San Francisco playwright Lauren Gunderson was already one of the most admired and produced...

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ACT puts Scrooge in your head this year

Dec 07

James Carpenter revisits the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in American Conservatory Theater’s A Christmas Carol: On Air, an audio adaptation of the beloved annual production. Photo by Kevin Berne. Some years I’ve had it up to hear with A Christmas Carol and want nothing to do with the Cratchits, the crutch and bah humbugs. Other years, I feel like...

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