FILMS WHERE FLOWERS PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE Flowers are a well-known symbol of a declaration of love, respect, and admiration. Large-scale events and intimate family gatherings would be impossible to imagine without a bunch of flowers. When someone wants to say thank you or sorry, they use flowers. However, it makes no difference where you […]

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Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) has the the lineup for the 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays, works from artists who identify as Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC). This year’s selection of eleven plays was curated by Co-Artistic Directors Mike Lew (Teenage Dick) and Colette Robert (Behind the Sheet). Ten plays will be presented across two different series from Sunday October 16, […]

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THE ANACHRONISMIACS Poetry is all the rage in the madcap comedy, The Metromaniacs, David Ives’ 2015 English “translaptation” of La Métromanie (1738), an obscure French farce by Alexis Piron. While La Métromanie jocularly reflected the “poetry craze” of its era, Ives’ remake offers a modern lens in which to lovingly jeer that same 18th-century phenomenon. […]

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IDIOT IS AS IDIOT DOES Inspired by a 2004 rock album by the American pop-punk rock band Green Day, American Idiot has received its share of positive reviews since its premiere in Berkeley, California in 2009 and subsequent runs on Broadway, on tour, at colleges, and regional and community theaters. When I saw the tour […]

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THIS MUSICAL IS RIGHT AT HOLMES When we think of Sherlock Holmes in the dank, foggy streets of London, investigating death and deception, probably the next thought we have isn’t, “This would really work as a musical comedy.” Fortunately director/playwright David Ellenstein and lyricist/co-playwright Omri Schein don’t think like us; they saw the funny in […]

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SUMMER AT THE SYMPHONY 2 In their 25+ years as a fourteen member full “little orchestra,” Pink Martini has established a reputation for clever, daring, sophisticated and delightful music. The San Francisco Symphony provided an excellent opportunity for Pink Martini to perk up a news-weary public with some much needed color and sunshine. Did they […]

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A BLOODY BUSINESS WHICH INFORMS “When shall we three meet again in thunder, lightning or in rain? When the hurley-burley’s done, when the battle’s lost and won…” These opening lines from Shakespeare’s Macbeth have probably been spoken by the witches in almost every production of this play since Shakespeare last sat in the back of […]

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A PLAY OFF A rich, black, ball-busting pro-sports super-agent who has worked her way up from poverty to making partner at a major firm. The white male head of that agency who wants his protégé of 22 years to take over the company as he nears retirement. The agent’s put-upon ambitious Latina assistant of five […]

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SF Symphony, Summer 2022 The San Francisco Symphony is no doubt ecstatic to welcome people back to live performances this summer in all of their venues. Davies Symphony Hall, Stern Grove and The Shoreline Amphitheatre all have full schedules of terrific performers to treat everyone this summer.  There is definitely something for every age and […]

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QUITE THE AWAKENING Watching Spring Awakening in 2008 at the Balboa Theatre and again in 2022 at the OB Playhouse, it is interesting how different the play struck me. Not because of the quality of either production, but because of how different our world is in the fourteen years from a just-elected Barack Obama nation to a […]

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