Independent Theater Reviews for the San Francisco Bay Area

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THEATER REVIEWS

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 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.

December 3, 2018

TheatreWorks’ holiday show this year, Tuck Everlasting, is an emotional roller coaster that will force you to consider the cycle of life and death in a way that may surprise you. The showtells the story of Winnie Foster and her unusual relationship with the Tuck Family. The musical is better than I expected it to be. It stays very true to the emotional heart of the story, creating ample opportunities for both laughter and tears. The actors are all superb and the set is very well done. While the music and lyrics are good, they’re not particularly memorable. Still, the production as a whole is fun and moving with big show-stopping numbers and quieter, more emotional moments.

December 1, 2018

Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is phenomenal. The music is simple yet unforgettable and the story is undeniably classic. Despite the numerous film productions over the years, that have become classics in their own rights, there is something magical about seeing a production of this quality on stage. With a fabulous cast and amazing costuming, this is a show you won’t want to miss.  ​ What truly makes this production unique, however, is the new dialogue written by Douglas Carter Beane. Although still boasting the same story and songs (don’t worry), Beane’s new script breathes new life into the story, transforming Cinderella from a lucky girl swept along by fate, into a kind and vibrant protagonist who takes ch...

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