Arts & Culture :: Theater

Swamp creatures

Swamp creatures

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 4, 2019

"Kings," Sarah Burgess' engagingly unsavory behind-the-scenes D.C. drama now being staged by Berkeley's Shotgun Players, is a sort of Capitol Hill "Jurassic Park."

Un-convent-ional casting

Un-convent-ional casting

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 29, 2019

Make like a wise man and follow the beckoning star. You'll end up not in Bethlehem, but at the Gateway Theater.

The demon butcher of Wall Street

The demon butcher of Wall Street

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 28, 2019

There's an all-too-familiar glimmer of today's San Francisco in "American Psycho," the musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' black comic 1991 novel about a white-collar murderer, now making its West Coast debut.

Too little smoke, too much mirror

Too little smoke, too much mirror

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 21, 2019

"I wish we had a bar like this," one of my companions exclaimed upon seeing Devin Kasper's irresistibly inviting set for "The View UpStairs."

Theater activism

Theater activism

  • by Jim Piechota
  • May 14, 2019

In his latest collection of essays and performance pieces, Tim Miller demonstrates a well-honed sense of humor, a passion for queer history, and the kind of melodrama only a true performance artist can exude.

Poor baby

Poor baby

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 14, 2019

The title of "Significant Other," playwright Joshua Harmon's curdled romantic comedy now in its local premiere at the San Francisco Playhouse, refers not to one of the play's many soon-to-be-spouses but to Jordan Berman (Kyle Cameron).

Bible thumper

Bible thumper

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 14, 2019

Miriam, the sharp-witted atheist academic played by Annette O'Toole in "The Good Book" now at Berkeley Rep, is the kind of professor whose bravura makes a lecture hall come alive.

Cultural connections around the Bay

Cultural connections around the Bay

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 7, 2019

Possibilities for engagement with the arts and culture of the Bay Area do sometimes seem infinite. Take Out There's last week, for example — please!

Riffing on a Toni Morrison novel

Riffing on a Toni Morrison novel

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 7, 2019

Joe Trace and his wife Violet tell two sides of the same story in "Jazz," an adaptation of Toni Morrison's 1992 novel now in its West Coast premiere at the Marin Theatre Company.

Vanity night live

Vanity night live

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 30, 2019

There's plenty of unsavory behavior on display in this American Conservatory Theater co-production with Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Comedy & connections in loneliness

Comedy & connections in loneliness

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 23, 2019

Joshua Harmon has seen his share of romantic comedies. "You often have this gay sidekick to the female lead who will come into a scene, say something funny or supportive, then disappear for a while."

Hollow chocolate

Hollow chocolate

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 23, 2019

In the national touring production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" now playing at the Golden Gate Theatre, there isn't anything the Candy Man can do to compensate for the Vegetable Woman.

'Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon' to close December 31

'Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon' to close December 31

  • by Release from our beloved client
  • Apr 17, 2019

Breaking news from our long-term client and San Francisco institution, Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon

Tennessee Williams, fast & louche

Tennessee Williams, fast & louche

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 16, 2019

"The Gentleman Caller," a toothsome morsel at NCTC, is playwright Philip Dawkins' booze-soaked bonbon of a two-hander.