The Jungle: Bringing Calais France to San Francisco

The Jungle

The Jungle Sometimes we forget history and it takes a good play to remind us.The Jungle is one such play. It reminds us of the horror that African and Middle Eastern refugees faced when they fled their countries in hopes of gaining amnesty in England. Twp. men who volunteered and created a theater at a [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Theater

Between catching up from our four month Asia trip, weeklong trips to LA and New York, finishing my book (which is scheduled for September publication) and the winding down of Joyce’s consulting career, we missed all too much of what was going on in our adopted home town of San Francisco: restaurant openings, museum and [Read more …]

San Francisco Theater: A Study in Diversity

We love theater and try to take every opportunity to try anything that looks interesting. Unfortunately, between travel and local obligations, we have to be selective. Luckily, the San Francisco offerings are sufficiently diverse, that we can always find a range of experiences. For example, over the last couple weeks, we have seen [Read more …]

David Mamet’s Race at the American Conservatory Theater

Although we will soon leave for New York on one of our theater/museum/restaurant marathons, we had to see one play before leaving San Francisco. Although we have sometimes had trouble with some of Mamet’s staccato dialog, we have usually found his work engaging and thought-provoking. We were, however, so engaged in the ACT’s [Read more …]

Aurora Theater’s “Delicate Balance”

We just saw Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance at Berkeley’s Aurora Theater. Balance, like many Albee plays, is based on a rather incongruous set of circumstances, in which a prosperous couple’s long-time friends decide to move into the couple’s house (which is also occupied by the wife’s allegedly non-alcoholic sister) at the same time as [Read more …]

A San Francisco Birthday Weekend of Jazz and Fringe

Every year, we seem to be out of town for my birthday. Although this year’s birthday has been bookmarked by trips: Last week in the Finger Lakes and Niagara-on-the-Lake and next week in Monterey, we spend the entire weekend in San Francisco.   Saturday Jazz and Fringe Since we already had [Read more …]

An Update on Today’s Bay Area Theater Scene

While time constraints, including our quick theater/museum/restaurant trip to New York prevented us from seeing as many Bay Area plays as we wished, we did make time to see the current productions at three of our favorite local theaters, ACT, BRT and the Aurora. Tales of the City Every San Franciscan knows of, if not [Read more …]

Catching up on San Francisco’s Theater, Art and Restaurants

Those who have been tracking Joyce’s and my travel blogs must feel that we are continually travelling. That is true. (Remember our Passion for Travel?) Although we technically live in San Francisco, we have been spending so little time here that when we do get back home, we feel that we have to act as [Read more …]

A Passion for the San Francisco Bay Area

Tom and Joyce love exploring, finding interesting restaurants, touring wine regions, hiking, and going to theater, museums, and lectures wherever we travel. The San Francisco (SF) Bay Area is particularly blessed with opportunities in each of these—and many other—ways. SF has fascinating neighborhoods, some of the best and most interesting restaurants in the country, [Read more …]