Another SCORE for SF Playhouse

The neighborhood got to bring and share bottles of our favorite wines while we heard free readings of local playwright Aaron Loeb’s Ideation in draft form.  It takes guts and artistic commitment for SF Playhouse to sponsor World Premier performances from first readings through final polished production, but hey, it pays off! Now our very own San Francisco gem is headed to New York City.  So which coast is winning? Go west, young playwrights.

Read more about the New York performances.

Click here for tickets and information about the latest offering from SF Playhouse: Trouble Cometh.


Just Deserts for SF Playhouse

Seminar cast

cast of "Seminar"

Kudos to San Francisco Playhouse for 23 Award nominations from San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle!  Amazing, especially considering that the Critics’ Circle is, well, critical.  Only two plays left in the Playhouse’s season, so get tickets now to Seminar and everyone’s favorite irreverent musical fairy tales, Into the Woods.

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Click here to read more about the SF Playhouse nominations.

Painting Meets Theatre

Think you don’t like art?  Consider yourself double-dared to remain unconverted after seeing SF Playhouse’s transformative production of Bauer.  A world premier script by Lauren Gunderson headed for New York, powerful acting, thoughtful directing, beautiful set and projected art — all based on the real life story of painter Rudolf Bauer (whose work is on exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery around the corner on Geary Street).  What’s not to like, right?

Click here for tickets to SF Playhouse.

Click to see the Bauer catalog from the Weinstein Gallery, 383 Geary St.

Play-Reading Series at SF Playhouse

Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th at 7pm

Free Play Reading at San Francisco Playhouse
450 Post Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco

SCHOONER, by Rinne Groff, Directed by Marissa Wolf

Featuring: Karen Grassle, Carrie Paff, and Mark Anderson Phillips

Susi and Bill, SF Playhouse

Bill English & Susi Damilano of SF Playhouse

How cool is this:  San Francisco Playhouse has created a reading series so we theatre-lovers can witness the play-development process.  Truth be known, some of the “readings” they sponsor for new plays are more exciting than the fancy finished productions in other theaters.  Bring a bottle of wine to share, and bring a friend who will thank you for it.

All for FREE.

In this new comedy by Rinne Groff, Melissa is a successful businesswoman while her husband, Eric, is a struggling graphic-artist/stay-at-home-father. In the midst of deciding whether or not to have a third child, this couple must also contend with Melissa’s mother who has just moved in with them and Melissa’s father who may be lost at sea.

Monday, January 6th at 7pm
SF Playhouse, 450 Post Street, just off Union Square in San Francisco

Click here to read the invitation.


Thriller at the Shelton

Gotta love that SF Playhouse for producing world-class plays from award-winning authors (like Bengal Tiger now its final three hard-hitting performances) while fostering new works in their Sandbox series, like Ideation, previewing tonight.  And it’s all local talent – unlike theaters like the Golden Gate that bring-in tour groups.  Want to get inspired by intimate theater?  Get a season subscription to SF Playhouse.

Magical World at SF Playhouse

Susi and Bill, SF Playhouse

Susi Damilano & Bill English, Founders of The SF Playhouse

Get on down to the Post Street theater for some summertime magic at SF Playhouse’s new take on Camelot.  It’s been a tough year; you deserve gorgeous entertainment.

And all you San Franciscans, don’t forget that Susi and Bill are good neighbors, so let’s show our thanks and support!  It’s because of people like them that San Francisco feels like Camelot to a lot of us.

“Parents Behaving Badly”

SF Theaters Doorway

Behind this little doorway on Sutter are 4 great theaters.

Yeah, it’s a little bit sick, but don’t you secret love that dark humor in God of Carnage? Now playing at the Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter in SF.  It’s Yasmina Reza’s tony-award-winning play in the same building with the ever-popular Foodies, The Musical.  Take your pick and get on down to Sutter Street.

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Krispy Kritters, Tasty and EXTENDED

Krispy Kritters sounded appetizing – arrived May 17 to The Cutting Ball Theater at 277 Taylor and tasty enough to extend its run through June 21.  It’s a world premier penned by Andrew Saito and directed by San Francisco’s own avant-garde devotee, Rob Melrose.  It’s sure to deliver an evening not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Century-Hopping with Arcadia

Sir Tom Stoppard

That’s SIR Tom Stoppard.  Well deserved, too.  Some would say he’s the greatest living playwright. Film buffs remember Stoppard’s verbal virtuosity from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  Restaged this month by ACT following a successful production a few years ago, Arcadia is classic Stoppard.  So put on your thinking caps, because this is not theatre for dummies.

Although in general you’ll find the best theatre in San Francisco at the more intimate venues – San Francisco Playhouse, The Alcove, Actors Theatre of San Francisco, and The Cutting Ball Theater – a Stoppard play is best savored where the artistic director has an affinity for the author.  That would be San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.

Click for the ACT production of Arcadia.

Read more about Tom Stoppard.