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Robert Townsend, self-made storyteller

Robert Townsend, self-made storyteller

By Jim Gladstone

Robert Townsend, who helped pioneer 1980s independent cinema with "Hollywood Shuffle," has a file cabinet's worth of autobiographical anecdotes.

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By Hannah Bennett | November 12, 2019

The newest show from San Francisco's most explosive comedian, Monica Palacios, is coming soon, and you shouldn't miss it.

By Jim Gladstone | November 12, 2019

"If I could only do one kind of performance," Mandy Patinkin explained in a recent phone interview with the B.A.R., "it would be doing concerts."


By Roberto Friedman | November 12, 2019

"Stomp," the so-called "international percussion sensation," played A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco for eight performances last week, and Out There and a lot of vicarious percussionists were in the house.

By Jim Gladstone | November 12, 2019

Playwright Kate Attwell's "Testmatch" is about race and gender and global economic power.


By Jim Gladstone | November 5, 2019

Della, the cheery proprietor of a small-town North Carolina Bakery, shares her philosophy in the opening moments of "The Cake," now at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.

By Gregg Shapiro | November 5, 2019

You've got to give Michael Longoria, Broadway performer in "Jersey Boys" and "Hairspray," credit for being ballsy.


By Jim Gladstone | October 29, 2019

Evelyn, a 20ish ingenue in a cheery floral-print dress, wears a grin of unabashed delight through most of the first act of "The Daughters,"

By Jim Gladstone | October 29, 2019

"Elevada" is a tonic. This singular whatchamacallit of a show, being presented by the Shotgun Players through November 17, effervesces with an offbeat creativity .


By Brian Bromberger | October 29, 2019

The new play "The Inheritance" by Matthew Lopez, is an epic of current gay life in New York performed in two parts, lasting a total of 7.5 hours.

By Jim Gladstone | October 22, 2019

"There's a huge community out there looking to see narratives about themselves, to hear stories that represent them as something other than caricatures," says director Ely Orquiza, discussing "Driven."


By Jim Gladstone | October 22, 2019

Afong Moy was the first Chinese woman to ever set foot in the United States. She arrived as chattel, a 14-year-old girl leased out for a tidy sum by her already well-to-do father.

By Jim Gladstone | October 15, 2019

During quick breaks between scenes in the thrilling Berkeley Rep production of Suzan-Lori Parks' audacious new drama "White Noise," we hear the play's titular sleep-inducing sound.


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