New TheatreFIRST production gives Tom Stoppard his due. By Rachel Swan You don't have to know Hamlet to understand the sense of doom that pervades Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It's there in the title, after all. But it does help to know a bit of the...

by Robert Avila Tom Stoppard's sensational first play will probably never have the impact it had in 1966—partly because it proved so influential—but TheatreFIRST's generally sturdy production wades in enthusiastically and the results remain ultimately, if more quietly, contagious. In a cheeky, knowing meld of Beckett...

Two Black-box theatre companies use their resources wisely (excerpt) By Rachel Swan October 21, 2009 Oakland's similarly small-scale, equally ambitious group TheatreFIRST began its season last week with Stones in His Pockets, Marie Jones' comedy about two extras working on a Hollywood film set in Ireland. Stones is partly...