Arts & Culture :: Theater

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.

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.