Arts & Culture :: Theater

Pride Plays include reading of  'Boys in the Band' sequel & music variety show

Pride Plays include reading of 'Boys in the Band' sequel & music variety show

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 22, 2020

Pride Plays continues its streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQ community to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Upcoming shows include a trans comedy, Mart Crowley's 'Boys in the Band' sequel and a star-filled music concert.

African-American Shakespeare Company's new Talk-Back interview series with Colman Domingo

African-American Shakespeare Company's new Talk-Back interview series with Colman Domingo

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 17, 2020

African-American Shakespeare Company's new Talk-Back interview series premieres online June 20 with actor, writer, and director Colman Domingo.

San Francisco Opera cancels 2020 season

San Francisco Opera cancels 2020 season

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 16, 2020

San Francisco Opera announced the difficult decision to cancel its Fall 2020 Season due to the ongoing pandemic. Nearly 40 music productions and programs have been put on hold or cancelled, while online programming continues.

PBS 'American Masters' showcases compelling Pride Month documentaries

PBS 'American Masters' showcases compelling Pride Month documentaries

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 13, 2020

In celebration of Pride Month, PBS will stream and broadcast five compelling documentaries about author Lorraine Hansberry, playwright Terrence McNally, chef James Beard, Dr. Margaret Chung, and musician Gladys Bentley.

Fresh Meat Festival 2020 showcases transgender & queer music, dance, performance

Fresh Meat Festival 2020 showcases transgender & queer music, dance, performance

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 8, 2020

In previous years, the annual Fresh Meat Festival's been sold out, so this year the 19th annual diverse shows of transgender and queer performance, music and dance offers a bonus; everyone gets a front row seat! Online, that is.

Sampson McCormick on finding humor in tumultuous times

Sampson McCormick on finding humor in tumultuous times

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 6, 2020

In the new video of his recent full stand-up set, gay Black comic Sampson McCormick balances insight and wit with his usual dexterity, finding a balance of political and social justice insight with punch lines.

Magical History Tour: Out of Site's virtual history of South of Market

Magical History Tour: Out of Site's virtual history of South of Market

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 2, 2020

Seth Eisen's 'Out of Site: SOMA,' originally an outdoor performance work celebrating the South of Market neighborhood's LGBT history, has been moved online. The performances will celebrate a wide array of queer people who populated SoMa over the years.

Online extra: Hysteria Comedy's what we need right now

Online extra: Hysteria Comedy's what we need right now

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 31, 2020

Whether you're cramped by the curfew, concerned about COVID, pressed after protesting, or just overwhelmed, queer comedy is one small remedy to help lighten your life. Wonder Dave hosts on June 1.

Online extra: 'Sordid Lives' casts reunite for theatre benefit

Online extra: 'Sordid Lives' casts reunite for theatre benefit

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 21, 2020

Whether you're new to the hilarious camp play, film and series, or a diehard fan, be sure to tune in May 31, when The Del Shores Foundation presents a one-night-only benefit reading of Shore's comedy, 'Sordid Lives.'

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

Thanks to matching offer from anonymous donor, Bay Area Reporter extends fundraising appeal

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • May 1, 2020

Thank you very much, it has been both humbling and encouraging receiving your generous support when so many are also in need of help. So far, we have raised just over $25,000 and are just 15% away from reaching our goal of $30,000.

Operas offstage, online

Operas offstage, online

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 21, 2020

The other shoe dropped last week as the San Francisco Opera joined the growing list of music institutions cancelling the rest of their spring and summer seasons. SFO and other opera companies are sharing their productions online.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

Bedazzlers: The Cockettes in Print: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy 1969-1972

  • by Jason Victor Serinus
  • Apr 15, 2020

Half a century ago, a bedazzled assortment of psychedelically-influenced, collective-living, sexually experimental, and inherently theatrical gay men and straight women forever transformed the Bay Area's cultural landscape. They were The Cockettes.

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

Terrence McNally, acclaimed gay playwright, dies at 81

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 27, 2020

Terrence McNally, the playwright, librettist, and screenwriter who portrayed gayness to a mainstream theater audience, died March 24th at 81, becoming one of the first celebrities to succumb to COVID-19.