A list of plays we saw in 2003 organized by month. We saw 43 productions. Most shows were in the San Francisco Bay Area. Two were in Portland and eight in London.
5* - Loved It – A classic, would see it a second time.
4* - Really Liked It – Excellent, strong production.
3* - Liked It – Good production but something is lacking or not clicking.
2* - Just OK – Below average but had at least one interesting component.
1* - Did Not Like It – Waste of time.
No rating – A work in progress (reading or workshop), or children’s production.
Rating*, Show Title - Author, Presenting Theatre (comments)
[Synopsis or review]
3*, The Two Gentlemen of Verona - William Shakespeare, San Jose Repertory Theatre
3*, Book of Days - Lanford Wilson, TheatreWorks
5*, Hedwig and the Angry Inch - John Cameron Mitchell, Victory Theatre San Francisco
4*, Thief River - Lee Blessing, New Conservatory Theatre Center
2*, Mysterious Skin - Prince Gomolvilas, New Conservatory Theatre Center
1*, Amnesia - John Fisher, Theatre Rhinoceros
2*, The Legacy Codes - Cherylene Lee, TheatreWorks
4*, Jane Eyre - Music by Paul Gordon, lyrics Paul Gordon and John Caird, book John Caird, TheatreWorks
TheatreWorks New Works Initiative (workshop productions or readings, no rankings):
Jerry Christmas - Book by Daniel Goldfarb, Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Striking 12 - by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin, Valerie Vigoda
Caraboo - book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Beth Blatt and music by Jenny Giering
5*, When Pigs Fly - Sketches & Lyrics by Mark Waldrop, music by Dick Gallage, New Conservatory Theatre Center
3*, In The Garden - Norman Allen, New Conservatory Theatre Center
5*, Wicked - Music & lyrics Stephen Schwartz, story Gregory Maguire, book Winnie Holzman, Best of Broadway
4*, Proof - David Auburn, TheatreWorks
5*, Mama Mia! - Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, Portland Opera
4*, Copenhagen - Michael Frayn, Portland Stage Company
5*, Bat Boy the Musical - Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, TheatreWorks
5*, Urinetown the Musical - Music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, ACT
2*, Lysistrata - Aristophanes, Stanford Summer Theatre
4*, AIDA - Music by Elton John and Lyrics by Tim Rice, American Musical Theatre of San Jose
1*, The Rocky Horror Show - Richard O'Brien, City Lights Theatre Company
5*, Cookin' at the Cookery - Marion J. Caffey, San Jose Repertory Theatre
Week in London, England
4*, Edward II -Christopher Marlowe at Shakespeare's Globe
5*, His Girl Friday - adapted by John Guare from The Front Page by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur at National Theatre
2*, Our House the Musical - written by Tim Firth and music by MADNESS, Cambridge Theatre
5*, On Your Toes - music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart at Royal Festival Hall
5*, Hitchcock Blonde - by Terry Johnson, Royal Court Theatre
4*, Absolutely (Perhaps) - Luigi Pirandello, Wyndham's Theatre (with Joan Plowright)
4*, Vincent in Brixton - Nicholas Wright, Playhouse Theatre
4*, Stones In His Pockets - Marie Jones, New Ambassadors Theatre
3*, Nickel and Dimed - Joan Holden, TheatreWorks
4*, Little Night Music - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler, TheatreWorks (saw twice)
2*, Guys & Dolls - Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Foothill Music Theatre
2*, Jesus Christ Superstar - Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Best of Broadway
2*, Continental Divide: Mothers Against - David Edgar, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
1*, Continental Divide: Daughters of the Revolution - David Edgar, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
5*, The Fourth Wall - A. R. Gurney, TheatreWorks
5*, The Exonerated - Jessica Bland and Erik Jensen, Best of Broadway (with Brian Dennehy, Stockard Channing)
5*, Oy Vey in a Manager! - Kinsey Sicks, New Community Theatre Center
3*, You Should Be So Lucky - Charles Busch, New Community Theatre Center
5*, Christmas with the Crawfords - Richard Winchester, Mark Sargent, Theatre Rhinoceros
4*, Wintertime - Charles L. Mee, San Jose Repertory Theatre
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