Bay Area Theatre Reviews

A listing of theatre reviews, as heard on KPFA's program Up Front (UF). Reviews airing on Talkies  with Kris Welch (T) and Arts-Waves (AW) are indicated separately. Dates given when available. Up Front reviews are usually at 7:25 am or 7:55 am. (older reviews only aired on Up Front; reviews post-Nov 2016 can be found on the Bay Area Theater podcast at kpfa.org)
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Noises Off
Through May 13, 2017, San Francisco Playhouse

The Baltimore Waltz
Through April 16, 2017. Magic Theatre.  Aired 4/3 AW

Roe
Through April 2, 2017. Berkeley Rep. Aired 3/28 UF

Peerless
Through April 2, 2017, Marin Theatre Company. Aired 3.27 AW

John
Through April 23, 2017, ACT Strand. Aired 3/20 AW

Hand to God
Through March 26, 2017, Berkeley Rep. Aired 3/16 UF

Isaac's Eye
Through March 11, 2017, Custom Made Theatre. unaired.

Assassins
Through March 19, 2017.  Bay Area Musicals. Aired 3/13 AW; 3;15 UF

The Real Thing
Through March 5, 2017 Aurora Theatre. Aired 2/20 AW

The Christians
Through March 11, 2017 SF Playhouse. Aired 2/13 AW

Fun Home
Through February 19, 2017. Curran Theater. Aired 2/6 AW

Native Son
Through February 12, 2017. Marin Theatre Company. Aired 1/30 AW

Love Sick
At Osher Studio through February 12, 2017; at Mountain View Center
for the Performing Arts, Feb. 23-March 12.. Aired 2/8 UF

Finding Neverland
Through February 12, 2017. SHN Orpheum. Aired 2/6 UF,1/23 AW. 

Belleville
Through January 28, 2017, Custom Made. Aired 1/19 UF; 1/16 AW.

The Madwoman in the Volvo
Through January 15, 2017, Berkeley Rep. Aired 12/16 AW.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Through December 23, 2016, Marin Theatre Co. Aired 12/22 UF; 12/19 AW. 

She Loves Me
Through January 14, 2017, SF Playhouse. Aired 12/5 AW.

The King and I
Through December 11, 2016. SHN. Aired 11/30 UF; 11/28 AW.

Safe House
Through December 4, 2016, Aurora Theatre. Aired 11/23 UF. 11/21 AW.

The Last Tiger in Haiti
Through November 27, 2016. Berkeley Rep. Unaired.

Casa Valentina
Through November 6, 2016. New Conservatory, Aired 10/27/16. 

It Can't Happen Here
Through November 6, 2016, Berkeley Rep. Unaired.

Seared
Through November 12, 2016, San Francisco Playhouse. Aired.

King Charles III
Through October 9, 2016, ACT Geary Theatre. Aired 10/7/16.

Chess
Through October 29, 2016, Custom Made Theater. Aired 10/11/16

Othello
Through October 9, 2016, California Shakespeare Theatre. Aired 10/5/16.

August: Osage County
Through October 9, 2016, Marin Theatre Company. Unaired.

Dear Master
Through October 2, 2016, Aurora Theatre Company. Aired 9/25/16.

You Never Can Tell
Through September 4, 2016, California Shakespeare Theatre. Aired 8/26/16

The Thrush & The Woodpecker
Through August 27, 2016, Custom Made Theatre. Aired 8/22/16.

City of Angels
Through September 17, 2016, SF Playhouse. Aired 8/10/16.

Fences
Through July 31, 2016, California Shakespeare Theatre. Aired 7/25/16.

Latin History for Morons
Through August 14, 2016, Berkeley Rep. Aired 7/26/16 (edited)

Master Harold ... and the Boys
Through July 24, 2016, Aurora Theatre Company. Aired 7/4/16.

Present Laughter
Through July 2, 2016, Eureka Theatre (Theatre Rhino). Aired 7/1/16.

The Invisible Hand
Through July 3, 2016, Marin Theatre Company. Aired 6/21/16.

Much Ado About Nothing
Through June 19, 2016, Cal Shakes. Aired 6/14/16.

Red Velvet
Through June 25, 2016, SF Playhouse. Aired 6/9/16 Talkies ; 6/10/16 UF

Six Degrees of Separation
Through July 2, 2016, Custom Made Theatre. Aired 6/9/16.

The Last Five Years
Through June 5, 2016, ACT Geary Theatre. Aired 6/2/16.

Treasure Island
Through June 19, 2016, Berkeley Rep. Unaired.

The Heir Apparent
Through May 15, 2016, Aurora Theatre Company. Aired 5/2/16.

Anne Boleyn
Through May 15, 2016, Marin Theatre Company. Aired 4/21/16.

Colossal
Through April 30, 2016, San Francisco Playhouse. Aired 4/20/16.

Middletown
Through April 30, 2016, Custom Made Theatre. Aired 4/13/16.

The How and the Why
Through May 8, 2016, Aurora Harry's Upstairs. Aired 4/11/16.

The Unfortunates
Through April 10, 2016, ACT Strand. Aired 3/16/16.

Macbeth
Through April 10, 2016, Berkeley Rep Roda Theater. Aired 3/21/16

Aubergine
Through March 27, 2016, Berkeley Rep Peets Theater. Aired 3/14/16

The Nether
Through March 5, 2016, San Francisco Playhouse. Aired 2/11/16

Satchmo at the Waldorf
Through February 7, 2016, ACT Geary Theatre. Aired 2/3/16

Gem of the Ocean
Through February 14, 2016, Marin Theatre Company. Aired 2/4/16

Stage Kiss
Through January 9, 2016, San Francisco Playhouse. Aired 12/30/15

The Monster Builder
Through December 20, 2015, Aurora Theatre Company. Aired 12/3/15

Disgraced
Through December 27, 2015, Berkeley Rep. Aired 11/30/15

Bright Half Life
Through December 6, 2015. Magic Theater at ACT Rueff. Aired 11/24/15 

The Hypocrites' Pirates of Penzance
Through December 20, 2015. Berkeley Rep Osher Studio. Unaired.

My Manana Comes
Through November 22, 2015, Marin Theatre Company. Aired 11/23/15.

Ah, Wilderness!
Through November 8, 2015, ACT Geary. Aired 11/4/15.

Monstress
Through November 22, 2015, ACT Strand. Aired 11/2/15.

Dogfight
Through November 7, 2015, SF Playhouse. Aired 10/26/15.

Amelie
Through October 18, 2015 Berkeley Rep. Unaired.

This Is Our Youth
Through October 22, 2015 Custom Made Theatre, Aired 10/19/15.

Fred's Diner
Through October 11, 2015, Magic Theatre. Aired 10/7/15

The Oldest Boy
Through October 11, 2015, Marin Theatre Company. Aired 10/6/15

Between Riverside and Crazy
Through September 27, 2015, ACT Geary Theater. Aired 9/14/15.

The Mystery of Irma Vep
Through September 6, 2015, Cal Shakes. Aired 8/25/15.

Company
Through September 12, 2015, San Francisco Playhouse

Love and Information
Through August 9, 2015, ACT Strand Theater

Choir Boy
Through July 5, 2015, Marin Theater Company

Grey Gardens: The Musical
Through July 5, 2015, Custom Made

Twelfth Night
Through June 21, 2015, Cal Shakes

A Little Night Music
Through June 21, 2015, A.C.T.

One Man, Two Guv'nors
Through June 28, 2015, Berkeley Rep

Trouble Cometh
Through June 27, 2015, SF Playhouse

Andares/San Francisco International Arts Festival
May 29-31, 2015, Fort Mason Center

Head of Passes
Through May 24, 2015, Berkeley Rep

Talley's Folly
Through June 5, 2015, Aurora Theater Company

Let There Be Love
Through May 3, 2015, ACT Geary Theater

Sister Play
Through April 19, 2015, Magic Theater

Stupid Fucking Bird
Through May 2, 2015, SF Playhouse

Tartuffe
Through April 12, 2015, Berkeley Rep

Breaking the Code
Through March 21, 2015, Theater Rhino

The Convert
Through March 15, 2015, Marin Theater Company

Mr. Burns
Through March 15, 2015, A.C.T Geary Theatre

How the World Was Made
Through March 8, 2015, Custom Made Theatre

Tree
Through March 7, 2015, San Francisco Playhouse

X's and O's: A Football Love Story
Through March 1, 2015, Berkeley Rep Thrust Stage

Indian Ink
Through February 8, 2015,  A.C.T. Geary Theatre

Hick: A Love Story
Through January 22, 2015, Berkeley City Club

The Anarchist
Through January 17, 2015, Theatre Rhino

Red-Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
Through January 11, 2015, Berkeley Rep

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Through January 18, 2015, Cirque du Soleil

Promises, Promises
Through January 4, 2015, SF Playhouse

Breakfast with Mugabe
Through December 14, 2014, Aurora Theater Company

Three Tall Women
Through December 7, 2014 Custom Made Theatre

And I And Silence
Through November 23, 2014 Magic Theatre
(unaired)

Testament
Through November 23, 2014, A.C.T.

Party People
Through November 30, 2014 at Berkeley Rep

Old Hats
Through October 12, 2014, American Conservatory Theatre

An Audience with Meow Meow
Through October 19, 2014, Berkeley Rep

Rapture, Blister Burn
Through October 5, 2014, Aurora Theatre 

Fetch Clay, Make Man
Through September 7, 2014, Marin Theatre Company

Into the Woods
Through September 6, 2014, San Francisco Playhouse

Habit of Art  
Spring-Summer, 2014, Theatre Rhino


Older Reviews

American Buffalo
Aurora Theatre

Arlington
Magic Theatre

Bauer
San Francisco Playhouse

more to come


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