Independent Theater Reviews for the San Francisco Bay Area

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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

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.

April 20, 2019

You may not know the names of Richard and Robert Sherman, but you already know their music. From writing classic scores including Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Winnie the Pooh, the Sherman Brothers have gained the reputation for writing “the songbook of your childhood.” They gained wide acclaim including two Oscars, two Grammys and many more nominations with their “singable, sellable and sincere” songs.  With delightful tunes and clever lyrics, the Sherman Brothers’ songs have been delighting audiences for decades. After a successful debut on London’s West End in 2014, A Spoonful of Sherman is currently making its U.S. debut in Downtown San Jose.

April 19, 2019

Like so many of Disney’s stage adaptations of its classic animated movies, Aladdin is a spectacle that will take your breath away. 

In case you’ve somehow dodged the plot of the movie, here’s the gist. The fictional Middle Eastern kingdom of Agrabah is in turmoil as the evil Vizier, Jafar, attempts to wrest control from the Sultan. Meanwhile, the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine, rebels at the idea of getting married for political advantage, instead wishing for a husband that will truly love her. But none of these people are the main character of the story. Instead, that honor goes to Aladdin, a street urchin whose good heart puts him in the path of a magic lamp containing a genie. The genie then helps Aladdin t...

April 12, 2019

Clever, heartfelt and moving, Hershey Felder’s newest show tells both his own story, and that of French composer, Claude Debussy. A Paris Love Story is deeply emotional and hauntingly beautiful. It is not a show to miss.

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