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Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

Music marvels: San Francisco Opera's scintillating summer selections

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 28, 2024

San Francisco Opera's 101st season continues post-Memorial Day with three productions starting May 30; a new to San Francisco imagining of a Mozart evergreen; the return of a baroque hit, and a major American premiere.

'Best Available' - The comedy of compromise in Shotgun Players' premiere

'Best Available' - The comedy of compromise in Shotgun Players' premiere

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 28, 2024

A critique of pandering theater companies gets alchemized into comedy gold in Jonathan Spector's "Best Available," now enjoying a wickedly giddy premiere production by Shotgun Players in Berkeley.

Clyde Always' 'Surreal San Francisco' walking tour - Enjoy local tales and folklore

Clyde Always' 'Surreal San Francisco' walking tour - Enjoy local tales and folklore

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 28, 2024

Local storyteller, comic artist and author Clyde Always' amusing "Surreal San Francisco" walking tour navigates Duboce Park, The Mission and Castro districts with amusing bits of trivia, stories and recommendations for dining and drinking.

'Galileo' at Berkeley Rep — Political science, oversimplicity, stellar singing

'Galileo' at Berkeley Rep — Political science, oversimplicity, stellar singing

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 21, 2024

Raúl Esparza stars in "Galileo: The Rock Musical," now making its debut at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which tries to make insightful connections between the self-serving anti-intellectualism of power brokers during the Renaissance and in today's world.

Rotimi Agbabiaka - The talented actor adds 'Cabaret's MC to his roster, again

Rotimi Agbabiaka - The talented actor adds 'Cabaret's MC to his roster, again

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 21, 2024

"Cabaret," the classic musical, will be staged at the Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek. Queer Bay Area theater performer Rotimi Agbabiaka is no stranger to playing flamboyant characters, and reprises his role of the show's MC.

'tick, tick...BOOM!' at NCTC - Larsen musical's a pocketful of sunshine

'tick, tick...BOOM!' at NCTC - Larsen musical's a pocketful of sunshine

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 21, 2024

"tick, tick...Boom!," is more tickle than gloom. Now charming audiences in an already-extended production at NCTC, this posthumous cobbling of writer-composer Jonathan Larson's pre-"Rent" music shines a welcome light on his sly humor and jukebox wit.

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

Going Out, May 16-24, 2024 arts & nightlife events

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 16, 2024

We love a classy benefit, especially one with notable local celebrities. Also, local theater, dance and music concerts are worth your time and money, in Going Out.

Romelo Urbi steps out in Ray of Light Theatre's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

Romelo Urbi steps out in Ray of Light Theatre's 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 14, 2024

Romelo Urbi is poised for breakout local stardom as he takes on the title role in Ray of Light Theatre's upcoming Bay Area premiere of "Everybody's Talking About Jamie."

'The Glass Menagerie' - a bumpy update at San Francisco Playhouse

'The Glass Menagerie' - a bumpy update at San Francisco Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 14, 2024

The Wingfields' wings have been clipped. That's the burning kernel of pain at the center of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams' oft-revived 1944 family drama, now playing in a frustratingly unfocused production at SF Playhouse.

Going Out, May 9-17, 2024

Going Out, May 9-17, 2024

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 9, 2024

Classic and new stage plays, intriguing artwork, comedy cleverness, stellar music performances and festive nightlife; it's all in Going Out.

'Torch Song' at Marin Theatre Company — Harvey Fierstein's breakthrough classic revised and revived

'Torch Song' at Marin Theatre Company — Harvey Fierstein's breakthrough classic revised and revived

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 7, 2024

More than four decades after its New York premiere, Harvey Fierstein's streamlined 2017 revision of "Torch Song Trilogy," retitled simply "Torch Song," makes its Bay Area debut at the Marin Theatre Company beginning May 9.

'A Strange Loop' Pride night

'A Strange Loop' Pride night

  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • May 5, 2024

Cast members of Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer and Tony-winning musical "A Strange Loop" schmoozed with patrons at a special LGBTQ Pride night on May 1. The unique must-see play, about a Black queer playwright, wowed audiences, and runs through May 12.

Stephen Mark Lukas: the 'Funny Girl' guy - classic musical arrives at the Orpheum

Stephen Mark Lukas: the 'Funny Girl' guy - classic musical arrives at the Orpheum

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 23, 2024

Actor Stepen Mark Lukas — who stars as Fanny Brice's suave-to-a-fault gambler husband, Nicky Arnstein on the current tour of "Funny Girl," talks about his various experiences performing with six actresses, including his current co-star Katerina McCrimmon.

'Liar, Alleged' - author David Vass tells all

'Liar, Alleged' - author David Vass tells all

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 20, 2024

David Vass has lived a colorful life. Now in his 70s, he has seen and done it all. In his new memoir, "Liar, Alleged: A Tell-all: Celebrities, Sex, and all the Rest," Vass recalls his life behind the scenes in show business & growing up gay in the 1950s.