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

June 20, 2019

It boils down to this—every element of the show (the script, actors, direction, etc.) was executed to perfection, it just didn’t move me. If you are looking for a good rendition of a classic absurdist play, go ahead and buy a ticket. But if you’re just looking for a date-night play, maybe find something else.

April 29, 2019

What sets this version of Vanity Fair apart, however, is playwright Kate Hamill’s marvelous retelling of the story, which sheds light on William Makepeace Thackeray’s “novel without a hero” in unique and often surprising ways. The play isolates two questions from the book, to refocus the story around and bring the audience into the world of the play: What do you want? And what will you do to get it? By posing these questions to the audience, Hamill takes the moral quandaries of the characters out of the abstract and forces audience members to confront their own vanity, greed and questionable decision making.

December 8, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen is a show about now. About every person who has ever felt lonely or left out or insecure—it’s about all of us. Deftly bringing the social media age to the stage, this show feels modern and real in a way that few other musicals have been able to capture. If you only see one show in 2018, make it Dear Evan Hansen.

November 17, 2018

The glory of the show is in its high-energy acrobatic acts. From bicycle stunts to trampoline daredevilry and stunning aerial acts, Voltadelivers on everything you might want from a modern circus show and is topped off with the class and sophistication indicative of Cirque du Soleil.

November 7, 2018

Men on Boats, now playing at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater, has the unusual distinction of providing neither of the things promised in the title, and being all the better for the omission.  With no men and no boats, this all-female cast tells the true story of an 1869 exploration down the Colorado River in a way that is funny, unique and thought provoking.

July 22, 2018

At its core, A Thousand Splendid Suns is about the resilience of the human spirit and the wonderful bonds between people that can endure despite the harshest of circumstances. As much as I adored reading the book, I think the play might be even better. The translation to the stage is flawless and leaves you even more attached to the characters than in the book. This is a show you simply don’t want to miss.

May 8, 2018

There is little that can make me happier than a good old-fashioned musical. 42nd Street Moon’s production of Me and My Girl is just that, a delightful romp through 1930s England with loveable characters and peppered with fun songs. The show follows the story of East-End man, Bill Snibson (Keith Pinto), who finds out that he next in line to become the Earl of Hareford. He is now rich and forced to adopt the mannerisms of the upper class, but Bill really just wants to marry Sally (Melissa WolfKlain), “his girl” from his old life. Chock full of energetic musical numbers and social commentary on the British class system, Me and My Girl is a charming musical of yesteryear that has aged like a fine wine, growing bett...

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