Arts & Culture :: Theater

Corresponding with Cole Porter

Corresponding with Cole Porter

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 23, 2019

"The Letters of Cole Porter" weighs in at over 650 pages with notes, but it's really meant to be read in toto only by scholars and Porter completists, so the general reader can feel okay about selective skipping.

They got the beat

They got the beat

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 17, 2019

The best thing about the new Go-Go's-songs musical comedy "Head Over Heels," now playing the New Conservatory Theatre Center, is that it isn't a jukebox musical at all.

Being Ian McKellen

Being Ian McKellen

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Dec 10, 2019

Among LGBTQ people, Ian McKellen is almost God.

Harry Potter's temptations & reservations

Harry Potter's temptations & reservations

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 10, 2019

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is now playing an open-ended run at the Curran Theater in its first North American production since opening on Broadway last year.

A douchey Summer's eve

A douchey Summer's eve

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 10, 2019

"Summer" has arrived at the Golden Gate Theatre, and with it a bumper crop of corn.

Despereaux, a mouse against despair

Despereaux, a mouse against despair

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Dec 3, 2019

For a happily childless adult, Out There sure does see a lot of "family friendly" theatre and entertainment appropriate for children.

Whole-hog holiday fun

Whole-hog holiday fun

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 3, 2019

Taking a San Francisco-spirited underground approach to seasonal programming, San Francisco Playhouse has exhumed the critically admired but short-lived recent stage adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray film "Groundhog Day."

Pleasures carnal & cranial in 'Cloud 9'

Pleasures carnal & cranial in 'Cloud 9'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 26, 2019

Caryl Churchill's 1979 play, "Cloud 9," a poly- and chrono-morphously perverse comic drama, splits its two acts between 1880s Africa and 1980 London.

Bible borscht belt

Bible borscht belt

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 22, 2019

Tenderloin edge meets "Let's put on a show!" pluck in Left Coast Theatre's clothes-shedding, zinger-flinging production of "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told."

Rebel hearts at a women's college

Rebel hearts at a women's college

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 19, 2019

Mary Woolley and Jeanette Marks' up-and-down coupledom is the thumping heart of "Bull in a China Shop," playwright Bryna Turner's gutsy political romance now on stage in a handsome production at the Aurora Theatre Company.

Monica Palacios, still here

Monica Palacios, still here

  • by Hannah Bennett
  • Nov 12, 2019

The newest show from San Francisco's most explosive comedian, Monica Palacios, is coming soon, and you shouldn't miss it.

Mandy Patinkin sings from the heart

Mandy Patinkin sings from the heart

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 12, 2019

"If I could only do one kind of performance," Mandy Patinkin explained in a recent phone interview with the B.A.R., "it would be doing concerts."

Fascinating rhythms: 'Stomp' returns

Fascinating rhythms: 'Stomp' returns

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 12, 2019

"Stomp," the so-called "international percussion sensation," played A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in San Francisco for eight performances last week, and Out There and a lot of vicarious percussionists were in the house.

Don't dismiss this sticky wicket

Don't dismiss this sticky wicket

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 12, 2019

Playwright Kate Attwell's "Testmatch" is about race and gender and global economic power.