Arts & Culture :: Theater

Magic Theatre's 'The Ni¿¿er Lovers' daring satire

Magic Theatre's 'The Ni¿¿er Lovers' daring satire

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 23, 2023

If you're uncomfortable with satire that takes a showbizzy scalpel to America's original and ongoing sins, by all means shuffle off and shy away from the final performances of Marc Anthony Thompson's excruciatingly humorous playwriting debut.

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • May 16, 2023

J. Conrad Frank's character Katya Smirnoff-Skyy was custom-made for a specific reason: to host cabaret and sing live. This week Katya celebrates 18 years hosting Katya Presents at Martuni's piano bar, a passion project that became an institution.

Chita Rivera's memoir shares the Broadway legend's life and career

Chita Rivera's memoir shares the Broadway legend's life and career

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 16, 2023

Chita Rivera, star of the original 'West Side Story,' 'Chicago' and other musicals, recounts her career as a dancer and musical star for 70 years in her captivating memoir.

'1776' — a new, queer take on an old classic

'1776' — a new, queer take on an old classic

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 9, 2023

It's been more than fifty years since the musical "1776" opened on Broadway. But a new production coming to San Jose takes this old chestnut and turns it on its ear. cast entirely with female, transgender and non-binary actors.

Billy Porter's big pop tour

Billy Porter's big pop tour

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 2, 2023

As a child in the 1970s, Billy Porter fantasized about growing up to become "the male Whitney Houston." He'll dip back into that oft-deferred dream later this week in both San Jose and San Francisco concerts.

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco features Adrian Santana

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco features Adrian Santana

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 2, 2023

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco proudly presents the upcoming show "Transitar por un Mundo sin Tiempo (Passage through a Timeless World)" on May 13 at the Herbst Theatre, featuring openly gay dancer Adrian Santana from Malaga, Spain.

'Imaginary Country' - Sharp & Fine's new show dances into the future

'Imaginary Country' - Sharp & Fine's new show dances into the future

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 2, 2023

From May 12-14, Z Space will host the world premiere of Sharp & Fine's "Imaginary Country," a new dance piece that poses the question: what would happen if you could see into the future?

'We Build Houses Here' — Detour's experiential extravaganza plays Oasis in May

'We Build Houses Here' — Detour's experiential extravaganza plays Oasis in May

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2023

Detour Dance's "We Build Houses Here," the ambitiously multivalent castaway extravaganza, premieres at Oasis with an ambitious immersive setting.

Migguel Anggelo brings "LatinXoxo" to Stanford

Migguel Anggelo brings "LatinXoxo" to Stanford

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 25, 2023

Migguel Anggelo, the larger than life Venezuelan-born creative genius, has put together a cabaret show called "LatinXoxo" that is an "outrageously queer concert experience."

'Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone II' at the Strand

'Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone II' at the Strand

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 18, 2023

Qui Nguyen's 'Vietgone' was a huge hit at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater five years ago. 'Poor Yella Rednecks: Vietgone II,' now playing on that same stage, is, as its title indicates, a specimen of an extraordinarily rare thing: a theater sequel.

Sampson McCormick: comic edge & heartfelt wit

Sampson McCormick: comic edge & heartfelt wit

  • by Cornelius Washington
  • Apr 18, 2023

With insight and his unique perspectives on politics, Black life and family, award-winning gay comic Sampson McCormick will have you laughing at truths laid bare. He'll perform April 29 at the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center with Dhaya Lakshminarayanan.

Zach Zimmerman: gay comic at the Swedish American Hall

Zach Zimmerman: gay comic at the Swedish American Hall

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 18, 2023

Along with his stand-up act, Zach Zimmerman's just published book of essays "Is It Hot in Here? Or Am I Suffering for all Eternity for the Sins I Committed on Earth?" will be on sale at his show at the Swedish American Hall.

Monica Palacios stands up and out

Monica Palacios stands up and out

  • by Laura Moreno
  • Apr 18, 2023

Renowned Chicana lesbian Monica Palcios presents her solo show "San Francisco, Mi Amor!" about the start of her queer comedy career and activism in San Francisco in the 1980s.

In the Spotlight: singular talents hit local stages

In the Spotlight: singular talents hit local stages

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 11, 2023

A breakout glam rock cabaret star; a character actress who plays a whole cast of characters; Broadway's standby success story of the year; and a show tune interpreter like you've never heard before.