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

February 22, 2018

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic, The King and I, has waltzed into San José and stolen its audience’s hearts. With the world and country seeming to grow more divided by the day, this heartwarming show about the downsides of colonialism and the joy of learning about other cultures feels more poignant than ever. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the classic musical follows schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens as she travels with her young son to the court of Siam (modern-day Thailand) to teach the King’s children and wives. She comes to teach English and introduce western science and philosophy, but ends up teaching western etiquette also and advising the King more than anyone thought possible. But, in keeping with Oscar Hammerstein...

February 9, 2018

Jill Vice’s newest one-woman show, A Fatal Step, is an entertaining night out. Vice’s funny characterizations are wonderfully silly and reminiscent of 1940s film noir. Unfortunately the script and timing of the show don’t match that level of refinement. The show could be a great. It just slightly misses the mark.

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