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BEST OF 2016

My first year of theater reviews was incredible fun. Thanks to my mentor Richard Connema for sponsoring me into the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Here is my first Best of list, a difficult task given the quality of  productions I saw this year. My lists are in alphabetical order as I simply could not rank my choices.

 DRAMA

HOWARD BRENTON’S ANNE BOLEYN – MARIN THEATRE COMPANY
Directed by Jasson Minadakis, Written by Howard Brenton.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY- MARIN THEATRE COMPANY
Written by Tracey Letts. Directed by Jasson Minadakis.

CAUGHT – SHOGUN PLAYERS
Written by Christopher Chen. Directed by Susannah Martin.

CHESTER BAILEY – ACT @ The Strand
Written by Joseph Dougherty.  Directed by Ron Lagomarsino.

IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE – BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE
Adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen from the novel by Sinclair Lewis. Directed by Lisa Peterson.

KING CHARLES III – A.C.T.
Written by Mike Bartlett. Directed by David Muse. A co-production with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company.

MAGGIE’S RIFF – FAULTLINE THEATRE
Based on Jack Kerouac’s Maggie Cassidy Written by Jon Lipsky, Directed by Cole Ferraiuolo. Music by Adam Lipsky.

RED VELVET – San Francisco Playhouse
Written by Lolita Chakrabarti. Directed by Margo Hall

SF SPEAKEASY  
Created by Nick A. Olivero, Written by Bennett Fisher and Nick A. Olivero
Directed by Michael French, Leah Gardner, Erin Gilley, Nick A. Olivero
Produced by David Gluck, Geoffrey Libby and Nick A. Oliver

THE ICE CREAM SANDWICH INCIDENT – FAULTLINE THEATRE 
 Written by Barry Eitel. Directed by James Nelson.

MUSICALS

CABARET – ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY
Directed by Sam Mendes, Book by Joe Masteroff, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb.

CITY OF ANGELS – SF PLAYHOUSE
Book by Larry Gelbart. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel. Directed by Bill English.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES  – Bay Area Musicals
Directed by Matthew McCoy

SCROOGE IN LOVE! – 42ND STREET MOON
Music by Larry Grossman, Lyrics by Kellen Blair, Book by Duane Poole. Directed by Dyan McBride.

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE
Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel. Directed by Stewart Lyle.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE – BAY AREA MUSICALS
Written by Rachel Sheinkin. Conceived by Rebecca Feldman. Music and lyrics by William Finn. Direction and Choreography by Matthew McCoy. Musical Direction by Jon Gallo.

UNFORTUNATES – ACT @ THE STRAND
Created by Jon Beavers, Kristopher Diaz, Casey Lee Hurt, Ian Merrigan and Ramiz Monsef
Directed by Shana Cooper

ONE PERSON SHOWS

 A HOUSE TOUR OF THE INFAMOUS PORTER FAMILY MANSION WITH TOUR GUIDE WESTON LUDLOW LONDONDERRY – Z SPACE
Starring Danny Scheie. Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

ALL THE RAGE – ACT @ THE STRAND
Written and Performed by Martin Moran. Directed by Seth Barrish.

BUYER & CELLAR -NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE
Starring J. Conrad  Frank . Written by Jonathan Tolin, Directed by Rebecca Longworth.

 LOVE WILL KICK YOUR ASS – MAUREEN MCVERRY – SFOASIS
Written and Performed by Maureen McVerry.

SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF – AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER
Directed by Gordon Edelstein

THE WORLD’S OLDEST CATER WAITER: MY LIFE IN THREE COURSES 
Written and Performed by Michael Patrick Gaffney. Directed by Ken Sonkin. SF Fringe Festival

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS 

 CASA VALENTINA – NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE
Written by Harvey Fierstein. Directed by Becca Wolff.

CONFESSIONS OF A CATHOLIC CHILD – EXIT THEATRE
Written by Elizabeth Appell. Directed by Ariel Craft.

 MOTHERS AND SONS  – THE NEW CONSERVATORY THEATRE
Directed by Arturo Catricala

OREO CARROT DANGER – A PLAY OF RITUALS – FAULTLINE THEATRE 
Written by Nayia Kuvetakis. Directed by Rose Oser.

OUR TOWN – ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE
Written by Thornton Wilder. Directed by Clay David

 THE BOOK OF LIZ – ALTARENA PLAYHOUSE 
 Written by David and Amy Sedaris. Directed by Matt Davis.

SEARED – SAN FRANCISCO PLAYHOUSE  
Written by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Margarett Perry.

THE BROTHERS SIZE – THEATRE RHINO 
Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Darryl V. Jones.

 VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE – PALO ALTO PLAYERS
Written by Christopher Durang. Directed by Linda Piccone.

 

 

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