Theatres

SF’s A.C.T. Premieres Powerful Production of “Spendid Suns”

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev The American Conservatory Theater has beat filmmakers to the punch in bringing to life Khaled Hosseini’s second novel as the stage production debuted in San Francisco and plays through Feb. 26 A follow-up to his “The Kite Runner,” Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is more of a focus of a […] Click to read more »

Hard to Enjoy “Silence!” When You Laugh So Hard

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev San Francisco’s talent has been bringing us the best of theatre and the current production of “Silence! The Musical” is no exception. Having seen the Off-Broadway version TWICE, I held at bay any preconceived notions I had wondering if the local production can top the amazing work by Jenn Harris […] Click to read more »

“She Loves Me” and We Love Her, Him, Them and the Entire SF Playhouse Production

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev The San Francisco Playhouse continues to amass an impressive list of theatrical credits with their latest production, “She Loves Me,” playing only until Jan. 14. One lesson you need to learn with the SF Playhouse is even though they give you plenty of time to see a show, you think […] Click to read more »

SF Drag “Golden Girls” Embrace Spirit of Christmas Past

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev A “replacement actor” is a term used a lot in theatre. Obviously, the little girl from “Annie” can only play that part for so long so when she moves on, another girl assumes the role. It happens in television too mostly due to scheduling conflicts or health reasons, most notably […] Click to read more »

It Feels a Bit Like Broadway in the Bay Area by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev

Theatre in the Bay Area is literally singing the sounds of Broadway. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” may be finished on Broadway, but some of the New York cast as taken the show on the road. Darren Criss, from TV’s “Glee,” played the role towards the end of its New York run, and brings his […] Click to read more »

In a Sea of 90 Minute Live Show Extravaganzas in Vegas, THE Show to See is BAZ!

By: Steve V. Rodriguez Whether you’re into his latest Netflix show, “The Get Down” or not, one can’t deny Baz Luhrmann’s imaginative influence on film from “Strictly Ballroom”, “Romeo & Juliet”, “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby”. These four films are part of a current show from the For the Record producers entitled, “BAZ – […] Click to read more »

Broadway Caliber “City of Angels” Production Is Likely SF Playhouse’s Best Work

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev The San Francisco Playhouse has done the amazing. Like their current production, “City of Angels” the musical, they take us back to a time of days gone by. While “Angels” takes us back to the 1940s, the Playhouse transports us back to the early 1990s as this production is as […] Click to read more »

“Laughter” is Clear and Present in SF Production of Noel Coward Comedy

by Kevin M. Thomas @ReelKev Noel Coward’s wit is timeless. Most of his best work was done in the 1930s. Yet his sophisticated and often subversive romps are still fresh and lively and often teeming with sexual innuendo – often blatantly gay. Such is the case of “Present Laughter,” his 1939 play that is presently […] Click to read more »

Who Partied Best: Two “Wild Party” Musicals Premiere in Bay Area by Kevin M. Thomas

The Bay Area is definitely the place for two wild parties. A story that has always been under the radar, “The Wild Party” has been part of all mediums since it started as a poem in 1928 by Joseph Moncure March. A fictionalized story of an infamous party of sex and drugs inspired by a […] Click to read more »

Broadway Abuzz With Diversity And Can’t Follow #OscarsSoWhite Come Tony Time by Kevin M. Thomas

With the Tony Award nominations being announced May 3, there is no way they can suffer the same fate as #OscarsSoWhite as almost half of every show that is in consideration has an ethnically diverse cast and creative team. So the color purple  shouldn’t be the only color sparkling come Tony time. The likely leader […] Click to read more »