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  • Also Playing

    published December 26, 2007

    Based on a Totally True Story. Halfway through New Conservatory Theatre's production about a young writer trying to navigate the... More >>

  • African-American Shakespeare Company charms us with its take on Cinderella

    published December 19, 2007

    The more freewheeling the fun, the better the show in the African-American Shakespeare Company's rendition of the familiar holiday... More >>

  • Sorry, we can't get all crazy for Jump! Theatre's 4.48 Psychosis

    published December 12, 2007

    Pity playwright Sarah Kane. Not because she committed suicide, nor because she did so shortly after writing 4.48 Psychosis, a play about... More >>

  • The Necessity of Hank

    published December 5, 2007

    If you have yet to experience RIPE Theatre, you are missing one of the most theatrically adventurous companies in the area. The substance of... More >>

  • Rabbit Hole

    published November 21, 2007

    Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's beautiful Pulitzer Prize-winning play gets a genuinely heartfelt and at times moving production from Studio... More >>

  • The Breeze at Dawn

    published November 14, 2007

    The story of two Iranian women trying to create fulfilling lives fails to achieve its full potential in this inaugural show from Featherlead... More >>

  • Every Inch a King

    published November 7, 2007

    This show, while sweet and mildly funny, doesn't live up to the capable talents of its actresses or writer and director Gary Graves. It's a... More >>

  • Mrs. Warren's Profession

    published October 24, 2007

    The intriguing premise of using masks to highlight the characters' duplicity in George Bernard Shaw's play never gets off the ground in this... More >>

  • Six Degrees of Separation

    published October 10, 2007

    It seems entirely unfair to blame a show for not being "New York" enough, as if somehow only New York held the key to good American theater.... More >>

  • Dostoevsky’s 'Notes From the Underground' Struggles on Stage

    published October 3, 2007

    There is a lovely moment to start the second act of this play inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes From the Underground that hints at... More >>

  • The Chinese Angle Dresses Sharp, Yet Plays Dull

    published September 26, 2007

    This homage to everything noir is all about dames in broad-shouldered suits and cinched-waist dresses who strut and preen around the small... More >>

  • Match Play

    published September 19, 2007

    This production serves as a cautionary tale in making theater without designers. There are several moments in this 45-minute evening of three... More >>

  • Fringe Fest: Party of One

    published September 12, 2007

    Most people run and hide when they make complete asses of themselves — like, say, in an ugly "incident" where you may have loved someone... More >>

  • Fringe Fest: Tesla's White Pigeon, Part One: Static

    published September 12, 2007

    The always-inventive local performance group mugwumpin riffs on the many discoveries and ideas of scientific genius Nikola Tesla. The show... More >>

  • SoMach Going On

    published September 5, 2007

    Nick Olivero of Boxcar Theatre wasn't even looking for a permanent home when the artistic director of the two-and-a-half-year-old company saw... More >>

  • Aaah! Rosebud!

    published September 5, 2007

    Thunderbird Theatre Company's unabashedly goofy homage to that sled at the heart of Citizen Kane is most enjoyable when the physical... More >>

  • Angel Face

    published August 22, 2007

    There are many fine noir details in Word for Word's 90-minute production of Cornell Woolrich's tale of a hardworking dame out to save her... More >>

  • Deep Fried Cheese

    published August 15, 2007

    Playwright and director Tore Ingersoll-Thorp's story centers on the rocky relationship between competitive eater Peter and his over-analyzing... More >>

  • Proximity

    published August 8, 2007

    This being California, we have all come across pieces of "art body exploration" that seem more like "orgy" in the offing. What sets this gathering... More >>

  • All in the Timing

    published August 1, 2007

    Playwright David Ives' much-celebrated and often-performed collection of quirky, comedic short plays gets a mixed production at Actors Ensemble of... More >>

  • Cowboy vs. Samurai

    published July 11, 2007

    The many fine insights in the Asian American Theater Company's latest play manage to overshadow the distractions of a clunky two-and-a-half-hour... More >>

  • Stage cap

    published July 4, 2007

    What makes Impact Theatre and La Val's Pizza such a great combination is that they don't try to pretend they're something they're not: La Val's... More >>

  • The Great Puppet Musical

    published May 23, 2007

    It's all about the puppets at Un-Scripted Theatre Company's latest improv show, a full-length musical made up on the spot from an audience... More >>

  • The Desire Line

    published May 9, 2007

    Deborah Slater Dance Theater's latest multimedia offering is the third in a trilogy of works inspired by the paintings of Alan Feltus. The idea is... More >>

  • Private Jokes, Public Places

    published May 2, 2007

    Until the final moments of this satirical skewering of the elite architectural world, playwright Oren Safdie has his characters and his language... More >>

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