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

December 29, 2019

This is a show that you will not want to miss. If you like the story of Pride and Prejudice, any of Jane Austen's other works, Paul Gordon's other shows, or just a good old fashioned romance, this show is going to wow and delight you. Tickets are getting snapped up very quickly, as they often do for TheatreWorks' holiday shows, so be sure to grab them soon.

October 9, 2019

TheatreWorks’ newest show, Mark Twain’s River of Song,  is a laid back look at the world depicted in Mark Twain’s novels and memoirs, as narrated by the author himself. The production features three musicians on stage as part of the story who play a mix of old spirituals and new songs written for the show. Held together by only the loosest of plots, the play feels like a relaxed ride down the Mississippi River that Twain loved so much.

September 5, 2019

Overall, this is a show that I wish I could love. It’s full of great theatercraft and remarkable performances. But at the end of the day, I just can’t get over my disappointment about the way the show is written. It’s funny and entertaining, but that comes at the cost of the mystery, which ends up taking a backseat to the gags.

July 25, 2019

Funny, heartfelt and painful, The Language Archive speaks to truths that are more complex than any language can describe.  TheatreWorks is beginning its 50th anniversary season with a thoughtful show that features many of the key elements that have made this local theater company great. Unfortunately, The Language Archive also exhibits a certain degree of hopelessness which ultimately prevents this good show from becoming a great show.

June 15, 2019

Smart, moving and unexpectedly hilarious, Archduke tells the story of the three men that assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, arguably sparking the conflict that became World War I.  TheatreWorks’ newest play highlights all of the reasons why this local theater was honored with a Tony Award this year.

April 12, 2019

Clever, heartfelt and moving, Hershey Felder’s newest show tells both his own story, and that of French composer, Claude Debussy. A Paris Love Story is deeply emotional and hauntingly beautiful. It is not a show to miss.

January 22, 2019

When you think of the current political news climate, you may not immediately connect it to the 1970s. TheatreWorks’ production of Frost/Nixon will change your perspective. Despite the fact that the show was first performed in 2006 about a (then) 30-year-old event, the story feels achingly poignant to our times. The play serves to explain the psyches and circumstances that lead to the turbulent downfall of President Richard Nixon. This culminates in a show that feels like it could be easily happen in today’s world and will shock you with its timeliness.

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