The Shakespeare Festival in the News
Artistic Director blog
SF Shakes “Macbeth”– the Nightmare in Broad Daylight
-Daivd Hirzel, wordwright (Sept 15, 2013)
'Macbeth' in all of its bloody gore
- John Angel Grant, Daily Post (Aug 5, 2013)
S.F. Shakes' streamlined 'Macbeth' is a winner
- Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner (Aug 4, 2013)
'Macbeth' a bloody triumph
- Pat Craig, San Jose Mercury (July 12, 2013)
Macbeth mirrors modern headlines
- Sue Steinberg,
The Independent (July 5, 2013)
Press release: Shakespeare Festival announces Rebecca J. Ennals as Artistic Director
Henry V reigns supreme in Pleasanton
(Oct 14, 2012)
PR photo (L to R: Rebecca J Ennals, Toby K. Leavitt)
is one of the strongest shows ever presented by S.F. Shakes in its Free Shakespeare in the Park series." - Pat Craig
Contra Costa Times
(July 7, 2012)
Rousing Shakespeare a must see
"SF Shakes presents a triumphant version of the Bard’s “Henry V” that no theater-lovers should miss!" - Sue Steinberg,
The Pleasanton Independent
(July 6, 2012)
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival wraps up with smashing 'Cymbeline'
- Robert Sokol,
San Francisco Examiner
(Sept 7, 2011)
Tri-Valley native plays lead role in SF Shakes' 'Henry V'
- Pat Craig, Bay Area Newspaper Group
(June 28, 2012)
Toil and Trouble at Fremont Library
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's touring production of Macbeth.
- Julie Grabowski, Tri-City Voice
(Jan 24, 2012)
Best Place for Kids "to be or not to be"
Editor's Picks - Best of the Bay.
(Jul 26, 2011)
entirely different story or a tale of two 'Pericles'
"A tricky tour de force, carried off with great skill and
-Susan Steinberg, The Independent
(July 3, 2008)
Night in the Forest
- San Francisco Chronicle Review
"A production that overflows with unexpected magic."
Pam Grady, San Francisco Chronicle (September 5, 2007)
Shakespeare's Midsummer Magic
- Pleasanton Independent Review
"It's an evening of rollicking fun for the whole family."
- Susan Steinberg, Pleasanton Independant
(July 5, 2007)
group presents Shakespeare's magical 'Midsummer' in Pleasanton
"If you want to perform a Shakespeare play outdoors in the
summer, there is probably no better choice than "A Midsummer
Night's Dream." - Pat Craig,
Contra Costa Times
(July 4, 2007)
conversation with Ken Ruta, dean of Bay Area actors
"He played Falstaff in the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's
'King Henry IV, Part 1' and 'King Henry IV, Part 2'
- Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News
Tempest - Piedmont
"An enchanting production for an afternoon in the park."
- Jaime Robles, The Piedmont
(Aug 23, 2006)
Tempest - Berkeley Daily Planet Review
"Kenneth Kelleher has outdone himself
as director in putting together a production for San Francisco
Shakespeare that is an original staging that plays very well outdoors."
- Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet
(Aug 22, 2006)
San Francisco Chronicle Review
"Anchored by the mercurial Motyka and Julian Lòpez-Morillas'
solid, densely textured Prospero, "The Tempest" is the
festival's strongest offering in years."
- Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic
(July 17, 2006)
Pleasanton Independent Review
"An enhanced sound system that renders each word clearly,
evocative costumes, haunting music, and a superb professional
cast that understands how to deliver Elizabethan English as familiar
speech combine to make this a rarely accessible classic."
- Susan Steinberg, The Independent
(June 29, 2006)
Francisco Bay Guardian: BEST OF THE BAY 2006, Editor's Pick
- The San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 26,
Endowment for the Arts Expands Shakespeare for a New Generation
to Introduce More Students to Magic of Live Theater
"As Honorary Chairman of the Shakespeare in American Communities
project, I am delighted to see this effort expanded so that even
more children will be able to experience the magic of William
Shakespeare." -- Laura Bush, NEA
Sept 12, 2005)
Leavitt speaks to SF Arts Council on the state of financial support
for the arts in SF
- San Francisco Arts Commission
August 2, 2005)
Ado About Nothing
Costa Times Review
'Much Ado About Nothing' provides enough
raucous laughter to warm any chilly summer evening." - Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times
(June 27, 2005)at Craig, Contra
Ado About Nothing -
Pleasanton Weekly Review
"All of the actors did an outstanding job." -
Jerri Long, Pleasanton Weekly
(July 1, 2005)
you knew her when
"Valerie Weak, who grew up in Pleasanton, has returned
to her hometown as a member of the
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival"
July 1, 2005)
How teachers, parents, and a young white principal have taken
plans for a Dream School in the Bayview and made them a dream
of their own
- San Francisco Weekly
March 9, 2005)
bit more of the Bard
" 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' playing for families"
- Mountain View Voice
February 25, 2005)
Festival at MV Arts Center
"The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival makes its debut
in Mountain View on Saturday with two performances of 'A Midsummer
Night's Dream.' "
- Los Altos Town Crier
February 3, 2005
Francisco Shakespeare Festival Comes to the Presidio
'Were pleased to welcome Free Shakespeare in the
Park as an anchor cultural event at the Presidio' says Craig Middleton,
executive director of the Presidio Trust."
- The Presidio of San Francisco
Night- Oakland Tribune Review
"This performance of 'Twelfth Night' is light-hearted
and fun." - Alexandra DeFelice, Oakland Tribune
Contra Costa Times Review
"The show is a tremendous amount of fun, and perfrect
for outdoor summer entertainment." - - Pat Craig, Contra
(July 19, 2004)
days, cool camps/Unusual summer programs cater to kids' creativity
"The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is offering two-week
for youth from 7 to 18"
- San Franisco Chronicle
April 23, 2004)
Scene Draws Visitor Applause
"Outdoor arts presentations are plentiful during the summer
in San Francisco. Two of the most popular are the Stern Grove
Music Festival and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival."
- SF Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mar 15, 2004)
"Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for
everyone to see high quality,
professional theater free of charge."
(City of Oakland Events - September 10, 2003)
comes to the Zeum
Join us on an enchanted romantic adventure for the holidays.
Helps Bring Shakespeare to Streets of San Jose, California
- The Hitachi Foundation
Event Picks 'Romeo & Juliet'' at the Lorraine Hansberry
If you've never had a chance to experience this work in
an intimate setting, you won't want to miss this opportunity...
- Metro Publishing
October 10-16, 2002)
"...will send you out of the theater convinced there is hope
for mankind after all... it's a gem... One could feel the warm glow of community settle in, and it was
- Marin Independant Journal
December 7, 2001)
Burlesque 'Cinderella' ably twists fairy-tale silliness
"It's all silliness and sentiment -- the familiar fairy tale
compounded with farcical interludes, burlesque cross-dressing,
Laurel and Hardy routines, plenty of audience interaction and
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2001)
Group does 'Cinderfella'
-- er, 'Cinderella'
"And it delivers, nicely, with a rough-and-tumble sort of
comedy...this may be the perfect piece of theater for your holiday."
- Contra Costa Times
(December 7, 2001)
S.F. Shakes' 'Cinderella'
has a ball, Talk about a rowdy fairy tale
"...a high-spirited evening..."
(San Francisco Examiner - December 6, 2001)
out the red carpet for 'King Lear'
"Three Stars - A Royal Treatment"
- Oakland Tribune
(September 27, 2001)
Ray Reinhardt - Every inch a king
"At 71, veteran actor ready to take command of Lear."
(San Francisco Chronicle - September 17, 2001)
San Francisco Chronicle bestows its highest rating
The little man jumping out of his chair for "The Shakespeare
Festival's production of 'King Henry IV, Part I' "
(San Francisco Chronicle - July 11, 2000)
Bard is Raised
"Hundreds of California students saw Jorge Rubio play Petruchio
in the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's school tour of 'Shrew.'
( San Francisco Chronicle - May 25, 2000)
the qualities of 'Shylock'
"Shylock, Gareth Armstrong informs us at the outset of
his solo show, is one of only two Shakespeare characters whose
name has become a noun."
(San Francisco Examiner - April 12, 2000)
Shakespeare Company's 'Shrew' to highlight S.F. Bard festival
"The rare RSC visit promises to be the crown jewel in an
unusually ambitious four-show season for the San Francisco Shakespeare
(San Francisco Examiner - February 19, 2000)
Royal Shakespeare Company to Perform `Taming of the Shrew' at
(San Francisco Chronicle - February 19, 2000)
deals on 16th century fashion wear
"Free festival's costume sale lets anyone dress like Romeo
(San Francisco Examiner - September 7, 1999)
tasty chowder of Shakespeare in the park
"Through canny shaping of the script and the strength of
the performers, Powell has managed to give the women's roles more
prominence than usual."
(San Francisco Examiner - August 2, 1999)
Takes Center Stage
"A hot ticket at the movies, the Bard may pack summer festivals,
(San Francisco Chronicle - June 6, 1999)
"The professionally staged Shakespearean comedy will feature
a full troupe of actors and elaborate sets and costumes."
(Cupertino Crier - July 29, 1998)