We just attended the opening for Clementine and the Lower 9. We liked it very much. The set is one of the best we've seen. The actress who plays Clementine is excellent. It's a good, poignant story about real life. The intertwining of the blues (live music on stage) is especially moving. TheatreWorks always has great productions. You don't have to go to SF to see good theater. It's right near home in Palo Alto and Mt. View.
TheatreWorks has served and entertained the Silicon Valleyv and Bay Area community for 40 years, all under the charismatic leadership of the same Artistic Director. Forged with a family spirit, staff, volunteers, Board and actors extend themselves to their many audiences way beyond any nightly performance. The dedication and commitment to the whole community shines through in all they do, from developing New Works, training school students, bringing theater to the underserved and performing plays at the highest levels.The commitment of Board Emeritus members to continue supporting the company even 30 years after they've completed their Board terms is a testament to the connection TW makes with people. No one loves all the plays but everyone loves TheatreWorks.
This professional theatre company, with a history of 40 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, has a terrific season of 8 mainstage plays, plus a very active New Works program. Every mainstage production is beautifully produced, with professional talent and wonderful sets and costumes. The New Works Festival includes staged readings of 4-6 plays and musicals. The audience watches, and then has a chance to send comments and criticism to the playwrights directly, to help them improve the piece. It's an engaging and entertaining process. Often plays from the New Works Festival end up on the mainstage in future seasons. The current Tony-award-winning hit, "Memphis", was developed at TheatreWorks in this very sequence.
Season after season, TW offers a well-balanced program of plays and musicals, nurturing an enthusiastic subscriber base. It's very active in the development of new works with its annual festival and workshop. It is also very fiscally responsible.