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Old friends reunite onstage

Old friends reunite onstage

By David-Elijah Nahmod

Broadway superstar Audra McDonald and Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky will appear together at the Herbst Theatre on Jan. 20 for a lively evening of conversation and song.

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By Jim Gladstone | January 15, 2019

Uplifting. Optimistic. Inspiring. You've likely heard these characterizations of "Come From Away," the hit Broadway musical now making its San Francisco debut at the Golden Gate Theatre.

By Jim Gladstone | January 15, 2019

"Paradise Square," the ambitious, long-aborning musical, is now in its latest stage of gestation at Berkeley Rep.


By Sari Staver | January 11, 2019

SF Sketchfest, the nationally recognized comedy festival born and bred in San Francisco, brings more than 700 shows to stages around town for 18 days beginning Jan. 10.

By Jim Gladstone | January 1, 2019

A threesome of historical musicals, two shows apiece by two buzzy playwrights, and a festival of one-handers. Here are a few of the forthcoming shows we're most intrigued by as a new year of theater blasts off. 3-2-1!


By Sari Staver | December 25, 2018

Paula Poundstone brings her quirky, self-deprecating sense of humor to the Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly the Nourse) in San Francisco for her annual New Year's Eve show.

By Sari Staver | December 18, 2018

This year's African-American Shakespeare Company's seasonal production of "Cinderella" will be directed by Broadway veteran Mark Allan Davis, an openly gay actor, playwright, dancer, lyricist and choreographer.


By Jim Gladstone | December 11, 2018

"The past few weeks, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by social media," admits Ben Levi Ross, entirely aware of the irony in his situation.

By Jim Gladstone | December 11, 2018

The closing scene of "Dear Evan Hansen" brings us to a clearing. The characters assemble before a bright blue scrim of open sky.


By Jim Gladstone | December 7, 2018

Mona Mansour's emotional colloquium of a play "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" draws much of its appeal from the warm relationship between its two main characters.

By David-Elijah Nahmod | December 4, 2018

Stars of stage and cabaret will perform on Mon., Dec. 10, at the Marines Memorial Theater in "Help Is on the Way XVII," a gala fundraiser for the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation.


By Jim Gladstone | December 4, 2018

Straightforward, familiar and enormously satisfying, "A Bronx Tale" is the relatively rare contemporary musical that exudes winning sincerity more than winking self-consciousness.

By Philip Campbell | November 28, 2018

The West Coast premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at the San Francisco Opera last week to make a picturesque start for the holiday season.


By Roberto Friedman | November 27, 2018

We've turned the corner into the holiday season, so last week Out There attended shows perfect for this time of year.

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

The impresario and titular star of "Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce" sashayed downstage to lead his Curran Theater congregation in a rousing rendition of "Oh Holy Night."


By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

Odd to say about a play that touches on the Holocaust, but with its poignant take on family, fiction and hope for the future, "Everything Is Illuminated" offers a lovely welcome to the holiday season.

By Jim Gladstone | November 27, 2018

Nilaja Sun plays four men and five women in her fast-paced, always entertaining solo show "Pike St.," now at the Berkeley Rep.


By Jim Gladstone | November 20, 2018

Red noses over respirator masks. That was the unfortunate fashion trend at last Thursday night's opening of "Volta," the latest touring extravaganza from Cirque du Soleil.

By Jim Gladstone | November 13, 2018

If you've only seen the official CBS-issued online video of Taylor Mac's recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," you can't comprehend the extent of costume designer Machine Dazzle's contribution to the proceedings.


By Jim Gladstone | November 6, 2018

In "Cardboard Piano," Hansol Jung's engrossing, idea-dense drama now playing the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 16-year-old girlfriends are forced to face down a double-barreled homophobia.

By Jim Gladstone | November 6, 2018

Watching "Men on Boats," the frontier adventure story now on stage at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater, summons up memories of childhood.


By Jim Gladstone | October 30, 2018

Chita Rivera will be at it again at Feinstein's at the Nikko next week, singing songs and telling tales from throughout her career in a four-show run of her latest cabaret show (including afternoon matinees on Sat., & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11).

By Jim Gladstone | October 23, 2018

A world-premiere family drama by Ashlin Halfnight, developed through Magic's own Virgin Play Festival, touches on suicide, homosexuality and pedophilia.


By Jim Gladstone | October 23, 2018

"Fairview," the exquisitely constructed drama now at Berkeley Rep, requires concentrated observation.

By Jim Gladstone | October 23, 2018

"Waitress," the hit Broadway musical now playing at the Golden Gate Theatre on its first national tour, opens with a chiming refrain.


By Jim Gladstone | October 17, 2018

"Be More Chill," an upbeat, offbeat sci-fi high school musical, with songs by Joe Iconis and a fan-fave featured performance by George Salazar, is a viral sensation.

By Jim Gladstone | October 17, 2018

Rachel Bay Jones' reputation precedes her. Well, sort of.


By Jim Gladstone | October 10, 2018

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat" defies initial expectations.

By Roberto Friedman | October 10, 2018

Last week Out There was lucky enough to catch two major figures from contemporary LGBT arts & culture live in performance, and to learn what they're up to these days.


By Sari Staver | October 10, 2018

Choreographer and performer Monique Jenkinson, in the guise of her drag queen persona Fauxnique, and her longtime partner, electronic composer Marc Kate, will premier their first full collaboration, "Girl," at the Joe Goode Annex.

By Jim Gladstone | October 10, 2018

"Oslo" playwright J.T. Rogers is far less interested in heads of state than in the hearts and minds of the people behind them.


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