What I Missed Over The Holidays: San Francisco Edition

Holiday franticness and post-holiday traveling means I also missed a bunch of stuff here at home:

  • All the holiday shows: Merry FORKING! Christmas, Tenderloin Xmas Hustler and Let It Snow!
  • The ReOrient Festival.
  • This great summary of the state of San Francisco Theater in 2009 by Robert Hurwitt. (Especially these two; one good and one bad):

GOOD: #6. Where new plays come from
…Where once the Bay Area had an international reputation for experimental, interdisciplinary work, the adventurous spirit of those long-gone companies has turned into a passion for developing new works. It may be the region’s most common feature, from Berkeley Rep’s large-scale commissioning program and ACT’s high-profile premieres to the Magic and Marin Theatre Company’s dedication to original works, the groups that nurture new writers (Playwrights Foundation, Z Space, PlayGround) and the multitude of companies — from the intrepid Campo Santo on — with unique approaches to creating original work.

BAD: #10. Where have all the critics gone?
…With the cutbacks at daily and alternative papers, the region now has about half the critics and review space it had just a few years ago, while theater blogs of varying degrees of credibility have proliferated. Theatre Bay Area recently held a panel discussion to explore how companies can reach the general public in a rapidly morphing media environment. The answers, as they evolve, will shape a lot of what we see onstage in the decade to come.


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