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.

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February 14, 2017

Looking for an old-fashioned theater experience? A good first stop is Lamplighters Music Theater’s current show, Patience.  With a 21-piece orchestra, large cast and incredible costuming, the show is a delight to watch. Gilbert’s usual wit and wordplay are as sharp as ever in this satire about those who get caught up in what’s fashionable.

The show follows a dairymaid named Patience and the two men who love her – and the twenty other women who love them. It is set in the “Aesthetic Movement” of the Victorian Era. This movement harkened back to an idealized medieval era and encouraged its followers to eschew modern looks and ideals to focus on appearing natural and beautiful. Essentially, 19th Century hipsters.


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