Author: Jean Schiffman

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"Eden," the beautiful, poetic first play in Barbara Hammond's "The Eva Trilogy," is entirely a soliloquy, delivered on a bare stage—the purest form of thea... [Read More]
Roger Grunwald's one-actor, multi-character "The Obligation" is the latest addition to the local lineup of Jewish-themed plays currently running (the other... [Read More]
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"I am the ghost of the dead rabbit!" proclaims an earnest actor in a goofy, long-eared rabbit mask (the inimitable Danny Scheie). And we're off... [Read More]
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part of a foolsFURY Theater double bill of unrelated solo shows under... [Read More]
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that light comic genre with an improbable plot, zany characters, slamming doors and the like - is not about anything much, just pure e... [Read More]
The sly playwright Robert O'Hara seems to have multiple intentions in his reality-shifting satire "Barbecue," now in a wildly entertaining Bay Area premier... [Read More]
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Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," traditionally considered a comedy, is a hard play to laugh at. There's pious Isabella, who's about to enter a convent... [Read More]
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Early on in the first of four chronological "chapters" of playwright-performer Taylor Mac's "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," a naked woman (one of M... [Read More]
There are no clear heroes or villains in Rebecca Gilman's "Luna Gale" at Aurora Theatre Company, and sorting out nuances of the dilemma -- who... [Read More]
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Everything that can happen does happen and is happening. If you can wrap your mind around that idea, then you're ahead of the game in... [Read More]
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"Zenith" begins shockingly, as a woman in a car suddenly takes her hands off the steering wheel and throws them into the air. The drama... [Read More]
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In Homer's ancient epic "The Odyssey," Ulysses sails slowly back to Greece at the end of the Trojan War. Along the way he's both waylaid... [Read More]
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"I'm going to make you irresistibly sexy," the brooding and troubled Eliza tells Watson, who sits stiffly and implacably, facing the audience, in the openi... [Read More]
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The making of a great 90 minutes was pretty much guaranteed in this case: Z Space playwright-in-residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb wrote a two-hander specifica... [Read More]
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Toward the end of "The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga," a young woman sings "Furusato," which means "home"; the haunting melody derives from a... [Read More]
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It is the winter of Annis' life in Julie Jensen's engaging new drama, "Winter." And it's winter when her two adult sons and a granddaughter... [Read More]
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If you've ever been to Buenos Aires, as I was recently, you've perhaps seen the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo parading in a silent... [Read More]
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The San Francisco Mime Troupe's new outdoor summer musical "Walls" is about a "criminal illegal alien lesbian with mental health issues who is in love... [Read More]
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Whips and chains and handcuffs, oh boy! We Players' adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" -- retitled "Midsummer of Love" in honor of San... [Read More]
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It's no small accomplishment to create deeply human characters and personal conflicts that symbolize larger entities and issues. But masterful local playwr... [Read More]
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