Arts & Culture :: Theater

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.

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.