Arts & Culture :: Theater

Women on the Verge - 'Fefu and Her Friends' at A.C.T.'s Strand

Women on the Verge - 'Fefu and Her Friends' at A.C.T.'s Strand

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 12, 2022

Domineering den mother Fefu dispenses aphorisms like casually tossed grenades in 'Fefu and Her Friends,' Irene Maria Fornes' oblique psychosocial puzzle play, now being mounted in a luxe American Conservatory Theatre production at the Strand Theater.

Betty Buckley sings Sondheim

Betty Buckley sings Sondheim

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 12, 2022

In a career that has lasted more than forty years, Betty Buckley has done it all. On her new album, 'Betty Buckley Sings Stephen Sondheim,' she celebrates the lyrics of one of the greatest songwriters in musical theater history.

'Drowning in Cairo' — playwright Adam Ashraf Elsayigh's world premiere

'Drowning in Cairo' — playwright Adam Ashraf Elsayigh's world premiere

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 5, 2022

The Egyptian-born, New York-based writer discusses audience expectations and presumptions about his new play, which isn't only about the Queen's Boat raid that made headlines.

'Circle Mirror Transformation' - wicked games with Custom Made Theatre

'Circle Mirror Transformation' - wicked games with Custom Made Theatre

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 5, 2022

Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker's 'Circle Mirror Transformation,' now being mounted by the Custom Made Theatre Company, is every bit as oblique, intelligent and goosebumpy as those other love 'em or hate 'em shows.

Invigorating 'Passing Strange' at Shotgun Players

Invigorating 'Passing Strange' at Shotgun Players

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 22, 2022

'Passing Strange,' Stew and Heidi Rodewald's Tony-winning show that travels from Southern California to West Berlin, returns to the Bay Area in an invigorating new production at Berkeley's Shotgun Players.

Harvey Fierstein's 'Better' than ever: theater and film fave's memoir 'I Was Better Last Night'

Harvey Fierstein's 'Better' than ever: theater and film fave's memoir 'I Was Better Last Night'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Mar 22, 2022

Award-winning writer and actor Harvey Fierstein qualifies as someone who has a distinctive voice and while reading his revelatory memoir, 'I Was Better Last Night,' you'd swear he was in the room with you, dishing away.

Stars in the House to host 10-hour star-filled marathon Ukraine benefit

Stars in the House to host 10-hour star-filled marathon Ukraine benefit

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 18, 2022

Stars in the House, the hit YouTube series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, announced that they will host a 10-hour March 26 telethon to raise money for those affected by the ongoing war in Ukraine.

50 years in 50 weeks: Marga Gomez' 2018 new year

50 years in 50 weeks: Marga Gomez' 2018 new year

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 1, 2022

When Marga Gomez' 'Latin Standards' premiered at the Brava Theater Center in early 2018, not only did she do an interview with Sari Staver for our January 11 issue, Gomez also enjoyed a half-page spread in The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section.

Colman Domingo's 'Dot' at NCTC

Colman Domingo's 'Dot' at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 1, 2022

Colman Domingo got his first ever stage role at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Now, amid a successful career on Broadway and TV ('Euphoria'), his play, 'Dot' opens at the company where he got his start.

Enemy lines: 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' at SF Playhouse

Enemy lines: 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 22, 2022

At times when society feels divided into radically opposed camps, theater can remind us of a common humanity that transcends any singular ideology. But Will Arbery's play, 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning,' is a non-Kumbaya if ever there was one.

Lorraine Hansberry: two biographies on the life of 'A Raisin in the Sun' lesbian playwright

Lorraine Hansberry: two biographies on the life of 'A Raisin in the Sun' lesbian playwright

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 15, 2022

Two biographies of Black lesbian playwright Lorrain Hansberry, one new, the other recent, offer insightful perspectives on the writer whose singular success and difficult life were cut short.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015's Sylvester musical

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015's Sylvester musical

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 9, 2022

In an interview published in February 2015, Richard Dodds talked to Anthony Wayne, the creator and star of the rousing 'Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,' which was performed at Brava Theater.

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

  • by Paul Parish
  • Feb 8, 2022

San Francisco Ballet is back in the Opera House, looking strong, with two very different yet captivating programs of premieres and repertory works by choreographers Helgi Tomasson, Cathy Marston, William Forsythe, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 8, 2022

Zaccho Dance Theatre's long-delayed site-specific performance installation brings an aerial, ethereal new breath to the spiritual haven of Grace Cathedral.