Independent Theater Reviews for the San Francisco Bay Area



Alexandra Garfield uses her life-long love of theater, fifteen years of experience on stage and behind the scenes and two journalism degrees to bring you the best information about theater in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Recent Reviews

November 2, 2015

For those who just want a break from all the Christmas cheer, The Santaland Diaries is the show for you. This one-man show is based on David Sedaris’ hilarious stint as one of Santa’s elves in a Macy’s department store. For the eighth consecutive year, Mitchell Fain alone holds the stage and keeps the audience laughing for an hour and a half in Theater Wit’s 12th annual staging of this play.

Fain drolly recounts misadventures involving bratty children, over-zealous parents, weird co-workers and strange Santas. Fain’s acerbic and irreverent performance is sure to delight cold-hearted Christmas-haters and even sentimental holiday romantics.

But a warning is in order for those who do love the season. You may...

November 2, 2015

If you only see one show this holiday season, consider It’s a Wonderful Life: Live In Chicago! Presented as a 1940s Radio Drama, eight actors perform Frank Capra’s holiday classic about finding hope and love in even the darkest of times.

This show bundles up all the best things of the season and delivers them in one heart-warming 90-minute package. The cast welcomes the audience by leading you in singing Christmas carols like Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman before the “On Air” lights and the story begins.

The cast moves from the songs to the story of It’s a Wonderful Life, playing multiple roles when necessary. The show is capped off when cast members serve milk and cookies to the audience filing out o...

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