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Elaine Stritch, Broadway Baby: new memoir tells of the star's life on- and offstage

Elaine Stritch, Broadway Baby: new memoir tells of the star's life on- and offstage

  • by Tavo Amador
  • Mar 25, 2020

Although born in Detroit, Elaine Stritch was essentially a New Yorker. She performed on TV, film, and cabaret, but Broadway was the venue for which she is best remembered by two generations of theatre cognoscenti. She triumphed in musicals and dramas.

Here's Lucie!

Here's Lucie!

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 17, 2020

Talk about a living legacy. Singer and actress Lucie Arnaz is the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Go ahead, try and top that!

Remembering Mart Crowley

Remembering Mart Crowley

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Mar 17, 2020

Mart Crowley, whose landmark 1968 play "The Boys in the Band" became the first American stage production to deal openly and candidly with gay lives, over a year before the Stonewall Riots, died March 7 at age 84.

'Don't Eat the Mangos': strange fruit

'Don't Eat the Mangos': strange fruit

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 17, 2020

The fruit is forbidden, but the pulp is irresistible. That's the tension that playwright Ricardo Pérez González, director David Mendizábal and a cast of five extraordinarily well-cast actors play with in "Don't Eat the Mangos."

'Toni Stone': smash hit for A.C.T.

'Toni Stone': smash hit for A.C.T.

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 17, 2020

Let's go to the replay. Seriously. Last Wednesday's opening night performance of "Toni Stone" at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater was a near-perfect game.

Sketching a portrait of America

Sketching a portrait of America

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 10, 2020

Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas and Herbert Siguenza are currently presenting a sort of Greatest Hits show called "Culture Clash: (Still) in America."

Peaches Christ & Co. stage classic film

Peaches Christ & Co. stage classic film

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Mar 10, 2020

"Drag Becomes Her," a mad satire of the Meryl Streep/Goldie Hawn supernatural comedy "Death Becomes Her," promises to leave audiences in stitches.

'The Last Ship': Sting's blue-collar Brigadoon

'The Last Ship': Sting's blue-collar Brigadoon

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 3, 2020

"The Last Ship," the autobiographically inspired, collaboratively created musical that Sting stars in at the Golden Gate Theatre, ultimately founders in toothless protest fantasy.

'Gloria' at ACT: Identities under fire

'Gloria' at ACT: Identities under fire

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 3, 2020

"Gloria" is a must-see. Or a must-not-see. If you relish daring, smartly written, sharply performed theater that digs into the pith of contemporary American culture, you'll be blown away by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' harrowing workplace drama.

Online Extra: Keala Settle: This is her!

Online Extra: Keala Settle: This is her!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 3, 2020

If you don't think you know who Keala Settle is, a single song title will make you realize otherwise: "This Is Me."

Big score for G-strings & heartstrings

Big score for G-strings & heartstrings

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 28, 2020

Some of the most compelling performances in Bay Area Musicals' crowd-pleasing production of "The Full Monty" go unseen.

Online Extra: On the waterfront!

Online Extra: On the waterfront!

  • Feb 28, 2020

Longtime dinner theatre-circus-extravaganza Teatro ZinZanni is coming back to San Francisco!

Electile dysfunction in the Castro

Electile dysfunction in the Castro

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 25, 2020

It's a good thing that Theatre Rhinoceros has been presenting its recent readings and productions in the cozy ad-hoc confines of the Spark Arts gallery on 18th Street.

Under the sea, over the proscenium

Under the sea, over the proscenium

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Feb 18, 2020

"The SpongeBob Musical" briefly graced the Golden Gate Theatre last week, touring after its hit Broadway run, then just as quickly swam away. Bubbles trailed in its wake.