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Missionary positions

By Jim Gladstone

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.

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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

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.


By Jim Gladstone | October 3, 2018

Get ready for a barnburner. "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?," now singeing audience eyebrows at the Custom Made Theatre, is the late Edward Albee's most uproarious, in-your-face play by a long shot.

By Jim Gladstone | October 3, 2018

In the wake of last week's unintentionally laughable Kavanaugh Confirmation follies, one might attend "Red Scare on Sunset," Charles Busch's high-camp take on the pinko paranoia of mid-20th century Hollywood, thirsty for a comic tonic.


By Sari Staver | October 3, 2018

"Terror Vault," an immersive haunted journey though the underground vaults at the historic old San Francisco Mint, opens on Oct. 10 for a four-week run.

By Jim Gladstone | September 26, 2018

After 16 years on the musical theater A-list, Gavin Creel's performance at the Venetian Room on Oct. 14, as part of the Bay Area Cabaret series, will be his first major concert of showtunes.


By Jim Gladstone | September 26, 2018

Do you enjoy puzzles? If you answered "Yes," please continue to the next question; you may be a likely admirer of Christopher Chen's "You Mean To Do Me Harm" now playing at the San Francisco Playhouse.

By Roberto Friedman | September 19, 2018

Last week Out There was in the house when "On Your Feet!," the touring Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway musical, opened at the newly remodeled SHN Golden Gate Theatre.


By Jim Gladstone | September 19, 2018

Berkeley Rep's new season blew in on a chilly Norwegian breeze with last Thursday night's opening of "A Doll's House, Part 2."

By Jim Gladstone | September 19, 2018

I felt jealous of the gentleman sitting in front of me at a performance of Theater Rhinoceros' "Dead and Breathing" last week. For 10 of the show's 90 minutes, he escaped, drifting off to sleep.


By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

David Pavlovsky's new 30-minute documentary, "Stand Up, Stand Out," tells the story of three gay teachers' fight for equal rights during the 1970s gay liberation movement, which led to the founding of the Valencia Rose Cabaret.

By Sari Staver | September 12, 2018

The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to the Bay Area stage for a benefit performance of her one-woman show "An Evening of the Classic Lily Tomlin." The award-winning actress will perform a two-hour show on Thurs., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall.


By Jim Gladstone | September 12, 2018

It's been almost a year since Jackie Hoffman turned in what may be the most widely seen performance of her career.

By Jim Gladstone | September 5, 2018

Catch him if you can: Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit.


By Jim Gladstone | September 5, 2018

On the first page of the program for Shotgun Players' production of Guillermo Calderón's "Kiss," "A Note from the Director" is subtitled, "Spoiler Alert: Please read after the show!"

By Jim Gladstone | August 29, 2018

Bay Area theater companies are putting a smorgasbord on the boards this fall. Unfortunately, with dozens of productions on offer, it's not an all-you-can-eat affair. Here's a selection of quirky canapés and dramatic dishes that have my mouth watering.


By Jim Gladstone | August 29, 2018

This fall, San Francisco's venerable American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) raises the curtain not only on a new season of productions, but also on its new leadership team, artistic director Pam MacKinnon and executive director Jennifer Bielstein.

By Sari Staver | August 22, 2018

The New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) will honor actor, playwright, director and cabaret performer Charles Busch at the theatre's annual gala on Saturday, August 25, and will open their 2018 season with his play "Red Scare at Sunset."


By Jim Gladstone | August 22, 2018

Playwright Lynn Rosen slices, dices and juliennes the banal chit-chat of unmotivated office workers in "Washed Up on the Potomac."

By David-Elijah Nahmod | August 15, 2018

Carole Cook, still quite active in cabaret, is one of more than a dozen performers who will be taking to the stage of the Herbst Theatre on Sun., Aug. 19 for "Help Is on the Way 24," the latest fundraising variety show for Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.


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