Arts & Culture :: Theater

'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?

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."

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

'English' at Berkeley Rep: What have we learned?

'English' at Berkeley Rep: What have we learned?

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 11, 2023

Our theater critic gives Sanaz Toossi's "English," set in an Iranian ESL class and now playing at the Berkeley Rep, a solid B. But three of its cast members deliver A-plus performances that elevate the entire production to honor roll status.

'Merrily We Roll Along' - a rewinding Sondheim revival at 42nd St. Moon

'Merrily We Roll Along' - a rewinding Sondheim revival at 42nd St. Moon

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 4, 2023

An enjoyable production of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Merrily We Roll Along," now being staged by 42nd Street Moon, is well worth catching in one of its final five performances before closing after Sunday's Easter matinee.

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

Sasha Velour's 'Big Reveal' - drag artist brings new show to Palace of Fine Arts

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 28, 2023

Drag artist Sasha Velour takes to the stage of the Palace of Fine Arts Theater on April 6 with a new show that's also a celebration of the publication of "The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag," her first book.

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

Beastly, priestly 'Locusts Have No King' at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 28, 2023

New Conservatory Theatre Center, never afraid to take on hot-button topics, is once again about to touch the third rail of homosexuality vis-à-vis Catholicism with the West Coast premiere of C. Julian Jiménez's "Locusts Have No King."

Bored Game: 'Clue' at SF Playhouse

Bored Game: 'Clue' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 21, 2023

With its borrowed brand name and broad physical comedy, "Clue" seems to be gunning for the stupefying success of "The Play That Goes Wrong," but instead unintentionally fumbles along the way.

Thomas Mallon's 'Up With the Sun'

Thomas Mallon's 'Up With the Sun'

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 21, 2023

Readers can discover Dick Kallman, a gay miniscule has-been yet fascinating celebrity, in the new novel on his tumultuous life, "Up With the Sun" by Thomas Mallon, perhaps the country's foremost historical fiction writer.