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Screen test: Annie Baker's 'The Flick'

Screen test: Annie Baker's 'The Flick'

By Jim Gladstone

Avery, one of the three movie-theater workers at the heart of "The Flick," has trouble explaining why he so strongly objects to the impending replacement of the decrepit single-screen cinema's 35mm projector.

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By Roberto Friedman | September 3, 2019

In this, our second week of the Fall Arts Preview, we offer surveys of what's coming up in Bay Area Theatre, Art Galleries, the San Francisco Opera, Film, and lesbian-created Pop Music this fall.

By Jim Gladstone | September 3, 2019

In the spirit of lifelong learning, the Bay Area Reporter has put together a mini-curriculum for theatergoers to immerse themselves in over the months ahead.

By Jim Gladstone | September 3, 2019

If you take the trouble to watch Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film adaptation of John Buchan's 1915 novel the evening before attending the stage version of "The 39 Steps," it will prove considerably more ingenious.

By Jim Gladstone | August 27, 2019

The annual San Francisco Fringe Festival returns to the Exit Theatre for a 28th year with an eclectic mix of memoir, magic, music and movement on three small stages from Sept. 5-14.

By Philip Campbell | August 20, 2019

Challenged by production costs, complicated site procurement, and a problematical performance space, West Edge Opera Festival 2019 can still be called a success.

By Roberto Friedman | August 20, 2019

The arrival of farce and slapstick on Bay Area boards seems particularly well-timed for our historical moment.

By Jim Gladstone | August 20, 2019

Provocative, poignant, funny and fleet, "Cry It Out" is a refreshing work of just-slightly-heightened social realism.

By Jim Gladstone | August 13, 2019

Audiences attending "House of Joy," opening at the California Shakespeare Theater this week, can expect swashbuckling action, eye-pleasing pageantry and old-time theatrical thrills.

By Rae Raucci | August 6, 2019

For comedian Marga Gomez, coming to queer comedy happened at an early age. So it only made sense to put together her own type of live comedy series. "Who's Your Mami?" comedy is coming to Brava Theater Center's Cabaret.

By Jim Gladstone | August 6, 2019

When Tony Yazbeck takes the stage at Feinstein's at the Nikko on Aug. 15 & 16, you'll get the expected singing and storytelling, but you'll also get tap-dancing, a craft infrequently plied on the small-to-non-existent stages of cabaret venues.

By Roberto Friedman | July 23, 2019

The opening-night film for the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival lit up the Castro Theatre screen last Thursday night.

By Jim Gladstone | July 16, 2019

In "Kill Move Paradise," directed here by Darryl V. Jones, playwright James Ijames emphasizes the commonalities of his four protagonists more than their differences.

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