Arts & Culture :: Theater

'Natasha, Pierre' & 'Wuthering Heights' hit Berkeley

'Natasha, Pierre' & 'Wuthering Heights' hit Berkeley

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 29, 2022

There's a super-abundance of energy on Berkeley stages this holiday season. Shotgun Players' "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812" and Wise Children's "Wuthering Heights" at the Berkeley Rep each compress the soul of an epic literary masterwork.

Don we now: SF Gay Men's Chorus holiday concerts

Don we now: SF Gay Men's Chorus holiday concerts

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 22, 2022

Christmas will commence early this year when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus returns with "Holiday Spectacular," an all-new holiday show in four venues, including their Castro Theatre concerts on Christmas Eve.

Holiday happenings: music, dance, and theater make the yuletide gay

Holiday happenings: music, dance, and theater make the yuletide gay

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 22, 2022

From campy drag to chorus boys, classical music to "A Christmas Carol" —not to mention eight different "Nutcrackers" to choose from— if you're gay in Bay, there's something that's sure to bring joy, laughter, and inspiration to your holiday season.

Tasty freeze: 'Frozen' skates past criticism

Tasty freeze: 'Frozen' skates past criticism

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 22, 2022

Cheerful kids in celebratory seasonal fashions and princess gowns only added to the pre-show sugar rush at Sunday's opening night performance of Disney's "Frozen" road show.

Panto-monium: don't snooze on this madcap 'Sleeping Beauty'

Panto-monium: don't snooze on this madcap 'Sleeping Beauty'

  • Nov 22, 2022

Inside jokes for locals, a cast and crew chockfull of "Beach Blanket Babylon" alumni, and an antic atmosphere of non-stop audience participation are the hallmarks of Panto in the Presidio's 'Sleeping Beauty.'

Resisting Temptations: "Ain't Too Proud" begs for nostalgic indulgence

Resisting Temptations: "Ain't Too Proud" begs for nostalgic indulgence

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 15, 2022

Born at Berkeley Repertory and now playing at the Golden Gate Theatre as part of a post-Broadway national tour, "Ain't Too Proud" is not so much a musical as a deliciously slick nightclub act regularly interrupted by readings from a reference book.

'Slice of Life' takes reality out for a spin

'Slice of Life' takes reality out for a spin

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 15, 2022

His new play finds actor/director John Fisher not only slicing, but dicing, chopping, shredding and puréeing the domestic storyline he initially teases into an unnerving phantasmagoria.

Classical music's culture alley & underworlds

Classical music's culture alley & underworlds

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 8, 2022

The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center or "culture alley" on Van Ness Ave., is ablaze with activity this month. The Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and Herbst Theatre are presenting festive and diverse musical events.

Boys interrupted: Nick Malakhow's stirring professional debut

Boys interrupted: Nick Malakhow's stirring professional debut

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 1, 2022

After attending the world-premiere production of "A Picture of Two Boys," now on stage at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, audience members will have much to discuss.

Out in the Bay: Black queer women get 'Mighty Real'

Out in the Bay: Black queer women get 'Mighty Real'

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • Oct 20, 2022

This week's Out in the Bay queer radio + podcast looks at a queer sketch variety show.

'The Red Shades' - Adrienne Price's trans superhero rock opera

'The Red Shades' - Adrienne Price's trans superhero rock opera

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 18, 2022

"The Red Shades," now being presented in a world premiere production at Z Space, began seven years ago as a series of voice memos while composer Adrienne Price commuted to and from work.

Out in the Bay: 'Bad Hombres' skewers stereotypes

Out in the Bay: 'Bad Hombres' skewers stereotypes

  • by Eric Jansen
  • Oct 13, 2022

In "Bad Hombres," playing at San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros through October 30, actor Rudy Guerrero plays seven characters that comically ("absurdly," said the solo show's director) skewer stereotypes of queer Latinos.

Halloween chills with 'The Summoning'

Halloween chills with 'The Summoning'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 11, 2022

Into the Dark, the terrifyingly fun production company, returns with "The Summoning," an original, fully immersive haunted attraction that can now be experienced at the San Francisco Mint.

Circus Bella returns with aerialist Joey Moore

Circus Bella returns with aerialist Joey Moore

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 11, 2022

Circus Bella, the popular one-ring circus, returns with six outdoor shows for the fall season. Among the performers is Joey Moore, who will thrill audiences with his aerial straps.