Arts & Culture :: Theater

Man on stage: Tom DeTrinis rages on

Man on stage: Tom DeTrinis rages on

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 11, 2021

Call it serial monology. Los Angeles-based comic actor and writer Tom DeTrinis' new one-man show, 'Making Friends,' streaming through January 18, is the latest link in a director-actor trio of productions.

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

When Marlene played the Bay: Dietrich's Concerts were a sensation

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 5, 2021

The opportunity to see Marlene Dietrich in person came 23 years after her U.S. film dbut. In 1953 the Sahara Las Vegas offered her $30,000 per week to perform. And so her career as a cabaret singer was born. The film star later performed in San Francisco.

Danielle Willis: 'Dogs in Lingerie' author reflects on 30-year anniversary

Danielle Willis: 'Dogs in Lingerie' author reflects on 30-year anniversary

  • by Steven Reigns
  • Dec 28, 2020

Danielle Willis's collection of poetry and prose 'Dogs in Lingerie' came out three decades ago. The author, who had porcelain fang implants, stripped, did porn and pro-dom work, caused quite a San Francisco literary sensation in the 1990s.

David Pevsner: selling it, onstage and off

David Pevsner: selling it, onstage and off

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Dec 22, 2020

The filmed version David Pevsner's one-man show, Musical Comedy Whore (Breaking Glass Pictures), is indeed a musical. As for the "whore" part, Pevsner goes into great detail about his sexual exploits, including his time as a male escort.

Kosher Comedy: get some laughs with Judy Gold, Alex Edelman & Lisa Geduldig

Kosher Comedy: get some laughs with Judy Gold, Alex Edelman & Lisa Geduldig

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 15, 2020

Like everything else, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has been affected by the pandemic, but that isn't stopping Kung Pao founder Lisa Geduldig from putting on a show. For 28 years, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has been a San Francisco tradition.

Classy classical Christmas: music, dances, plays and choral treats for the holidays

Classy classical Christmas: music, dances, plays and choral treats for the holidays

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 15, 2020

Holiday-themed music, choral and dance concerts continue, albeit in virtual formats, including San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Chanticleer, Kitka, Cal Performances, San Francisco Bach Choir, and more.

Choral response: SF Gay Men's Chorus brings holiday music

Choral response: SF Gay Men's Chorus brings holiday music

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 15, 2020

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus isn't letting the pandemic spoil their Christmas holiday. The chorus' annual Christmas Eve concert, '(At) Home for the Holidays,' will go on this year as a virtual event with guest-star performers.

Ballet22 premieres with online concerts

Ballet22 premieres with online concerts

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 9, 2020

In a blend of classical ballet, pointe work and contemporary styles, the new Oakland-based company Ballet22 will premiere new dances recorded at SF's ODC Theater, some with a modern holiday edge.

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'Spectacular'- Russian opera diva's holiday concert's online

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy's 'Spectacular'- Russian opera diva's holiday concert's online

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 8, 2020

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy, our favorite local exiled Russian opera diva, takes to the online airwaves in a holiday-themed concert that'll make the Yuletide extra-gay.

Holiday variety: Taylor Mac, New Conservatory's seasonal shows

Holiday variety: Taylor Mac, New Conservatory's seasonal shows

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 8, 2020

The tinsel-strewn variety show has long been a staple of December entertainment. Taylor Mac revives his 'Holiday Sauce' at the Curran, and New Conservatory Theatre Center's 'Queer Variety' show should bring some holiday cheer.

Christmas, present: A.C.T.'s 'Carol,' SF Mime Troupe on air

Christmas, present: A.C.T.'s 'Carol,' SF Mime Troupe on air

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 1, 2020

Nah, humbug! Tune in to newly adapted radio versions of 'A Christmas Carol' produced by American Conservatory Theatre and San Francisco Mime Troupe.

Sondheim's score: 'Anyone Can Whistle' 1997 recording to be released

Sondheim's score: 'Anyone Can Whistle' 1997 recording to be released

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 19, 2020

A 1997 recording of the full score of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent's cult favorite musical about corrupt politics, a miracle fountain and asylum inmates will be released on December 4, giving musical theater fans a new score to enjoy.

Theater royalty gathers for U.K. arts benefit

Theater royalty gathers for U.K. arts benefit

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 14, 2020

Imagine having a conversation with your favorite living British actors. 'For One Knight Only' will include Dame Judi Dench, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Maggie Smith host Sir Kenneth Branagh in a fundraiser for UK theater workers.

Theater, Technically: Bay Area plays with a political edge

Theater, Technically: Bay Area plays with a political edge

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 27, 2020

Shotgun Players, Berkeley Repertory and Marin Theatre Company each have new shows ready to be viewed safely online, with astute and timely political and social messages told through innovative ways.