Bay Area Theater
During the Corona Virus lockdown, new podcasts will go live Sunday afternoons. A podcast of theater reviews by Richard Wolinsky that air on KPFA’s Up Front, Arts-Waves and Talkies programs, plus additional unaired reviews by Richard Wolinsky and C.S. Soong. Also: interviews with Bay Area artistic directors, as well as performers, playwrights, directors and others in the local theatrical industry. Review air dates can be found: http://bookwaves.homestead.com/Theatre_Reviews.html
Jason Graae, the star of “Scrooge in Love,” a 42nd Street Moon production at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco, is interviewed by host Richard Wolinsky. Jason Graae has appeared on Broadway several times, is a noted cabaret performer, and recently played the Wizard in the national tour of “Wicked.”
KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky reviews “Cloud 9” by Caryl Churchill, at Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco through December 15, 2019. Custom Made website Text of review: During the Victorian era, the tyranny of colonialism went unchecked, as did sexual and gender-based oppression. Straitjacketed in their roles through patriarchy, the power disparity between men … Continued
Marc Bruni, co-director of “The Tale of Despereaux,” a new musical, at Berkeley Rep through January 5, 2020, is interviewed by KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky. “The Tale of Despereaux” is based on the Newberry winning children’s book by Kate Di Camillo and the animated film released in 2008, and concerns a mouse intent on rescuing a human princess kidnapped by the castle rats.
Pam MacKinnon, Artistic Director of A.C.T., American Conservatory Theatre, in conversation with Richard Wolinsky.
In this wide-ranging interview, Pam talks about some of the challenges she faced coming to San Francisco a year ago, and how she’s working in partnership with other companies. She also discusses the previous seasons, and presents the shows in this 2019-2020 theatrical season, and concludes by discussing Market Street and the Strand.