Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

Lily Janiak

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Recent articles by Lily:

It’s finally Oakland director Dawn Monique Williams’ moment, and it’s about time

At a recent 'Two Trains Running' rehearsal at Marin Theatre Company, director Dawn Monique Williams led with conspiratorial joy. → Read More

Another Bay Area theater artistic director is exiting, after 17 years at the helm. Here's why

Marin Theatre Company's artistic director departs at a time when many are questioning whether the demands of theater leadership are worth the rewards. → Read More

Review: ‘Frozen’ at BroadwaySF shows how Disney magic thrives with kids and adults

If you grew up on Disney princesses whose narrative arcs drove unswervingly toward heterosexual marriage, 'Frozen' opens refreshing possibilities. → Read More

Oakland Theater Project’s been doing dramas for 10 years. In 2023, it will finally try comedy

The small theater led by Michael Socrates Moran and William Hodgson is consistently one of the most vital and exciting in the Bay Area. → Read More

In City Lights' 'Thanksgiving Play,' our national origin story is on the chopping block

Next spring, Larissa FastHorse's script will be the first play by a Native American woman on Broadway. → Read More

Bay Area 2022 holiday theater accentuates what’s local

Custom Made Theatre Company, FaultLine Theater and African-American Shakespeare Company are among 2022's seasonal standouts. → Read More

How Nathan Marken learned a holiday lesson from performing a cappella in drag

Performing at NCTC is especially meaningful for Marken, since Artistic Director Ed Decker first recommended him for an audition. → Read More

Review: Shotgun's 'Great Comet' is an astronomical phenomenon. While it's here, you must see

Shotgun Players' 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812' isn't just another transitory set on the same-old stage. → Read More

New play puts phở center-stage in a centuries-long cultural appropriation debate

On one downtown Berkeley block, phở is both dinner and theater for two Chronicle critics. → Read More

Get ready: The Temptations musical has come home to the Bay Area

'Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations' epitomizes one essential function of the jukebox musical. → Read More

Real estate developer’s unlikely partner: a ballet school

Chorus Hall, a deluxe new theater at 30 Otis St., is a rare success story in San Francisco partnerships between arts and real estate. → Read More

'Wuthering Heights' got me through the pandemic. Now it's onstage at Berkeley Rep

'Everybody always thinks 'Wuthering Heights' is romantic, and it so isn't,' director Emma Rice told The Chronicle. → Read More

Shotgun Players’ 2023 season is the product of distributed power

The Berkeley theater company's season selection committee operates by consensus; each member has veto power. → Read More

Review: In Z Space's 'The Red Shades,' being trans is a superpower

Adrienne Price's world-premiere musical writes an origin story for queer and trans San Francisco audiences. → Read More

Latest organic product at Straus Family Creamery: a solo show about its matriarch

The one-woman show in a dairy barn is grounded in Vivien Straus' self-awareness that both she and all the cows in her life are a bit ridiculous. → Read More

Before you go to 'The Friends Experience,' don't say no one told you it was going to be this way

A backdrop with the fountain from the opening sequence has about as much aesthetic appeal as church-basement theater. → Read More

Review: Unsteady 'Pony' nonetheless shows that theatrical vanguard makes strides in S.F.

'Pony' is part of an exciting new wave of trans theater that's no longer limited to narratives of transitions and reveals. → Read More

Review: Golden Thread’s ‘Wild Berries’ might make your stale marriage feel fresh again

Naghmeh Samini's U.S. premiere is partly about how we can be sick to death of someone yet feast hungrily on them. → Read More

'Thighs Wide Shut' is S.F. immersive theater with Ken Fulk grandeur, secret society sex ritual

Baloney queers Kubrick, and a theater critic learns about flogging. → Read More

Review: BroadwaySF’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is tough to swallow

The musical flattens Alanis Morissette's songs into ambient lobby music, distends them into dirges or simply blasts through. → Read More