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 24, 2018

FINKS is a deep dive into the thoughts and emotions of New York’s actors, comics, writers, dancers and producers.  Although not ideal for someone without a basic understanding of the problem, the show is well written and excellently performed, another must-see historical play from TheatreWorks. Based on the playwright’s parents, Madeline and Jack Gilford, FINKS depicts the trials of being blacklisted and standing up for yours beliefs from a very intimate perspective. Recent movies like Trumbo and Hail, Caesar! have begun to explore the impact of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) had on the film industry of the 1950s. What has not been considered as much is the similar problems faced in the New Yor...

June 7, 2018

Jersey Boys is one of the most celebrated jukebox musicals, sweeping up four Tony Awards in 2006, including best musical. The show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they rose to stardom and dealt with the consequences. It’s a good musical (obviously) and well preformed by the cast, but it’s not as enchanting as many of the other touring productions at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts.

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