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

March 30, 2018

Cirque du Soleil's Crystal is beautiful and breathtaking. It will make you cheer, clap and watch in open-mouthed amazement, particularly during the second act.  While the show struggles at times to find the balance between acrobatics and ice-skating, the stunts along with beautiful set and costume design are enough to entrance audience members of all ages.

March 26, 2018

How well can you ever truly know someone? That is the question at the core of A.C.T.’s current show, Heisenberg. Overall, it’s a good play. The acting is fabulous, and the set is intriguing. It’s very well conceptualized and written by its playwright, Simon Stephens, well known for his stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  However, it’s not a show that you’ll find yourself thinking about over and over again.

March 18, 2018

Skeleton Crew is an intimate look at everyday people, which focuses on the specifics of the auto industry during the recession while highlighting the emotions and becoming too melodramatic or cliché. If you enjoy August Wilson’s plays or any deep dive into a particular place and time, Skeleton Crew is the ideal show for you.

March 15, 2018

Love Never Dies is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s absurd sequel to his classic musical, The Phantom of the Opera. The plot is ridiculous, it takes place on Coney Island and besides the main characters there is almost no connection to the first musical. And it doesn’t matter. I love it.

March 12, 2018

Vietgone is pretty good, but its unwillingness to delve into its most poignant moments stops the show from being a great one. The show is funny and thought provoking. It highlights a different perspective of the Vietnam conflict that forces us as Americans to look at the events through a different lens. That stated, the show sometimes seems uncomfortable with its own message and often goes for the joke instead of delving into the emotional truths of a scene or character. As a result, the show ultimately feels empty despite its genuinely funny and thoughtful moments.

March 2, 2018

Weightless, is fundamentally different than anything else you’re going to see right now. It’s a rock concert and a touching small-stage production. It’s a modern drama and an ancient myth. It’s interesting and very well produced, but if you’re looking for something conventional, you’re looking for a different show.

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