Arts & Culture :: Theater

Consider the narrator: plays that show but tell too much

Consider the narrator: plays that show but tell too much

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 20, 2022

Three productions —"the ripple, the wave that carried me home" at Berkeley Rep, "To Kill A Mockingbird" at the Golden Gate Theater and "Lear" at CalShakes— employ narrator figures for various purposes and with varying degrees of success.

'Kinky Boots'- Ray of Light's kicky production

'Kinky Boots'- Ray of Light's kicky production

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 13, 2022

Cyndi Lauper's infectious score and the cast's all-in performances made the original production —and now the Ray of Light iteration — of 'Kinky Boots' well worth seeing.

'Moulin Rouge!' lush pop song musical can, can, can

'Moulin Rouge!' lush pop song musical can, can, can

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 13, 2022

Spectacular sets, extravagant costumes, dozens of pop song snippets woven together in a sonic field of dreams. The national tour of "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" now playing at the Orpheum Theater, offers audiences an eye-popping, ear-tickling escape.

Tony-winner Matt Doyle at Feinstein's: the 'Company' star comes home

Tony-winner Matt Doyle at Feinstein's: the 'Company' star comes home

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 6, 2022

Former local returns to Feinstein's this weekend as a bonafide Broadway star, shortly after winning a Tony for his role in the acclaimed revival of 'Company.'

SF Opera's 'Antony and Cleopatra' - legendary lovers inspire operatic partnerships

SF Opera's 'Antony and Cleopatra' - legendary lovers inspire operatic partnerships

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Sep 6, 2022

Anticipation runs justifiably high for SFO's fifth production with composer John Adams' 'Antony and Cleopatra,' adapted from William Shakespeare's tragic love story, with consultation by director Elkhanah Pulitzer and dramaturg Lucia Scheckner.

The promise of 'Goddess,' Berkeley Rep's rousing new musical

The promise of 'Goddess,' Berkeley Rep's rousing new musical

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 6, 2022

A crowd-pleasing package of infectious music, thrilling choreography, vibrant costumes and charismatic performances, "Goddess," now having its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, probably already has all it takes to achieve Broadway success.

Moving new works: Fall Arts dances from Bay Area and visiting companies

Moving new works: Fall Arts dances from Bay Area and visiting companies

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Aug 30, 2022

There's no doubt that live performances are back, and our resilient Bay Area dance community, and visiting ensembles, have emerged with a dazzling line-up of plans for the fall.

The world's a stage: curtain up for Fall Arts theater

The world's a stage: curtain up for Fall Arts theater

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 30, 2022

For the first time in three years, the Bay Area is welcoming a full-fledged fall theater season, with a parade of opening nights that starts next week and marches all the way into December at a head-spinning pace.

'Goddess' opening night @ Berkeley Rep

'Goddess' opening night @ Berkeley Rep

  • by photo by Steven Underhill
  • Aug 27, 2022

Opening night of the new musical "Goddess" on August 24 drew numerous local and national celebrities to see the acclaimed production at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

'Dynasty' never says die: stars of the TV favorite to play Feinstein's

'Dynasty' never says die: stars of the TV favorite to play Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 23, 2022

Three of the actors who co-starred in the lavishly lathery soap opera 'Dynasty' —Jack Coleman, John James and Gordon Thomson— have reunited for a rat pack-inspired evening of drollery and dish that they're calling "Cocktails with the Carringtons."

Attendees at Castro Theatre town hall demand seats be saved

Attendees at Castro Theatre town hall demand seats be saved

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 12, 2022

The new-ish managers of the Castro Theatre got an earful at a town hall they hosted at the beloved movie palace Thursday night, an event that easily drew several hundred people and went on more than an hour longer than planned.

Not your grandma's "Oklahoma!" - a radical new staging at the Golden Gate Theatre

Not your grandma's "Oklahoma!" - a radical new staging at the Golden Gate Theatre

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 9, 2022

The "Oklahoma!" that comes sweeping into the Golden Gate Theatre next week on a national tour is a dark, radically reimagined take on the show that debuted on Broadway in 1943.

'Drag Becomes Her' returns to the Castro Theatre

'Drag Becomes Her' returns to the Castro Theatre

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 4, 2022

It's back. Peaches Christ's hilarious parody of the comedy film "Death Becomes Her" returns to the Castro Theatre August 27. Peaches will be joined by drag stars Jinxx Monsoon and Bendelacreme in a live parody of the hit film.

Help Is On The Way... back! REAF's star-studded biannual benefit returns

Help Is On The Way... back! REAF's star-studded biannual benefit returns

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 2, 2022

The 26th Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) "Help Is On The Way" concert, the first to be held in person since 2019, promises a stellar array of Broadway, film, cabaret and TV stars.