Arts & Culture :: Theater

'Gatz': Rhapsody in green light

'Gatz': Rhapsody in green light

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 18, 2020

"Gatz"'s fine-tuned cast of 13 tells the story of "The Great Gatsby" to audience members, often reading directly from the pages of a passed-around paperback.

Dummkopf

Dummkopf

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 18, 2020

The overstuffed plot of "Born in East Berlin" takes place in 1988, when Bruce Springsteen's historic concert on the Communist side of the Berlin Wall served as a harbinger of the following year's epochal change.

'Tiny Beautiful Things': Smart advice

'Tiny Beautiful Things': Smart advice

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 11, 2020

In San Francisco Playhouse's "Tiny Beautiful Things," a woman with the pseudonym Sugar dispenses sweet empathy along with tart kicks in the pants.

Ecological slog

Ecological slog

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 11, 2020

The West Coast premiere of playwright Lucy Kirkwood's "The Children," now at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley, is dreadful. It's skillful and thoughtful as well.

Band of brothers: 'You'll Catch Flies'

Band of brothers: 'You'll Catch Flies'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 4, 2020

For a genuinely up-to-date take on urban gay men's friendships and failings, you can thank the New Conservatory Theatre Center for cultivating New York playwright Ryan Fogarty's "You'll Catch Flies."

'Wakey, Wakey,' a whole different thing

'Wakey, Wakey,' a whole different thing

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 4, 2020

Why did the chicken cross the intersection of Vapid and Ingenious? To get to the ACT production of Will Eno's mind-tickling "Wakey, Wakey" now eliciting laughter and perplexity at the Geary Theater.

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Fantastic voyage through marriage

Fantastic voyage through marriage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 28, 2020

"How To Transcend a Happy Marriage," at the Custom Made Theatre in a run that's been extended to Feb. 16, is again pushing the envelope of monogamous marriage.

Immigration & the agony of success

Immigration & the agony of success

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 21, 2020

The gut-punching production of playwright Heather Raffo's densely layered "Noura" is now at the Marin Theatre Company.

Jeremy Jordan goes deep

Jeremy Jordan goes deep

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 17, 2020

Jeremy Jordan appears in conversation and concert with kibitzer-pianist-Broadway-know-it-all Seth Rudetsky at the Herbst Theatre on Jan. 19.

What ho, gentle reader?

What ho, gentle reader?

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jan 14, 2020

A new "Jeeves" novel is always an event in Out There's reading life, even if it's not one written by P.G. Wodehouse.

Remembering Jerry Herman

Remembering Jerry Herman

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Jan 7, 2020

Jerry Herman, an incomparable gay Broadway composer-lyricist who wrote three of the greatest American musicals, died of pulmonary complications on Dec. 26 at the age of 88.

Celebrating the Cockettes!

Celebrating the Cockettes!

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 30, 2019

The Cockettes will be celebrated at the Victoria Theater on Jan. 4 when "Cockettes Are Golden: A 50th Anniversary Celebration" takes to the stage.

'Becky Nurse of Salem': Good & plenty

'Becky Nurse of Salem': Good & plenty

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 30, 2019

The main character of "Becky Nurse of Salem" is a fictional descendant of Rebecca Nurse, one of five real women hanged for witchcraft in the famed trials of 1692.