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Flower of Iowa playwright Lance Ringel imagines male intimacy during WWI

Flower of Iowa playwright Lance Ringel imagines male intimacy during WWI

  • by Mark William Norby
  • May 18, 2021

Lance Ringel's expansive novel 'Flower of Iowa' centers on native 18-year old Tommy Flowers, who was raised in rural Iowa and sent to France by the U.S. Military in June 1918, the final months of World War I.

Cabaret, comedy & a class act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's new offerings

Cabaret, comedy & a class act: 42nd Street Moon, New Conservatory Theatre Center's new offerings

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 17, 2021

A gay duo offers up new takes on classic sitcom theme songs, the long-gone Billie Holiday is revived in a play with her music, and half a dozen trans performers go virtual.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1976 — "Oh, Rocky!"

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1976 — "Oh, Rocky!"

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 12, 2021

The 'advertorial' cover of the March 18, 1976 Bay Area Reporter did not include news of our nation's Bicentennial celebrations, but instead the hit production of 'The Rocky Horror Show' and inside a 2-page interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Smart staging: Marin Theatre Company's 'Brilliant Mind'

Smart staging: Marin Theatre Company's 'Brilliant Mind'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 11, 2021

Denmo Ibrahim's ambitious new play will be presented online with the help of some new technology that moves beyond Zoom recitations and recorded shows.

She kissed a girl: 'F*ck7thGrade's innovative entertainment

She kissed a girl: 'F*ck7thGrade's innovative entertainment

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 4, 2021

Jill Sobule's fabulous and fierce 'F*ck7thGrade,' a musical presented as a rock concert by City Theatre Company, shares a tuneful quilt constructed of songs from eight of Sobule's studio albums.

Back in business: SF Opera, Symphony return with live and drive-in concerts

Back in business: SF Opera, Symphony return with live and drive-in concerts

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 4, 2021

After more than a year of waiting and worry, the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony are back to live, in-person performances of 'The Barber of Seville' and Adler Fellows drive-in concerts in Marin, and symphony indoor concerts.

'The Normal Heart' online reading to benefit One Archives Foundation

'The Normal Heart' online reading to benefit One Archives Foundation

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 2, 2021

The late playwright and AIDS activist Larry Kramer's 'The Normal Heart' presented a scathing critique of complacency and concern in the early years of the AIDS pandemic. An online staged reading on May 8 will benefit The One Archives in Los Angeles.

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

'God of Vengeance' - Yiddish Play Features Theater's First Lesbian Kiss

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 27, 2021

The 1906 play 'God of Vengeance' caused a sensation. When performed on Broadway in 1923, the cast was arrested on obscenity charges due to its lesbian kiss.Yiddish Theatre Ensemble's new online adaptation begins May 2.

Pining for Curtain Time: 'Feel the Spirit,' 'A Letter to Harvey Milk'

Pining for Curtain Time: 'Feel the Spirit,' 'A Letter to Harvey Milk'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 20, 2021

The ever-adventurous Shotgun Players offers up an agonizingly of-the-moment, tailored-for-teleconferencing commission by playwright Noelle Viñas, while the online adaptation of the musical 'A Letter to Harvey Milk' also works online.

Mike Nichols: A Life, celebrated in new biography

Mike Nichols: A Life, celebrated in new biography

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 13, 2021

Written by Mark Harris, the husband of gay playwright Tony Kushner, the new Mike Nichols biography profiles a prickly genius who was a virtuoso observer of others, yet a stranger to himself.

50 years in 50 weeks: May 1, 1971: In all their plumage

50 years in 50 weeks: May 1, 1971: In all their plumage

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 6, 2021

As we continue to celebrate the Bay Area Reporter's 50th anniversary, each week we'll take a nostalgic look at a highlight from each year's issues. In May 1, 1971 , a plumaged party seemed like a lot of fun.

Curtains up, and out: Theater through the decades

Curtains up, and out: Theater through the decades

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 31, 2021

If you search the word "theater" in the archives of the Bay Area Reporter, you'll discover plenty of features and reviews. A few productions with LGBT themes stand out.

Back to Baton: five decades of opera & symphony stories

Back to Baton: five decades of opera & symphony stories

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Mar 30, 2021

Philip Campbell summates 50 years of the Bay Area Reporter's classical music and opera coverage, noting examples and adding personal remarks to recount his four decades of contribution.

The B.A.R.'s decades of stars

The B.A.R.'s decades of stars

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 30, 2021

From the beginning, the Bay Area Reporter has covered celebrities, both Broadway and Hollywood stars. many have indeed sat down with us for a chat. There are many such examples in the B.A.R. archives.