Arts & Culture :: Theater

Lucid dreaming of black & white lives: 'White Noise'

Lucid dreaming of black & white lives: 'White Noise'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 15, 2019

During quick breaks between scenes in the thrilling Berkeley Rep production of Suzan-Lori Parks' audacious new drama "White Noise," we hear the play's titular sleep-inducing sound.

Would-be king of the wild frontier

Would-be king of the wild frontier

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 8, 2019

"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" is a rock musical originally produced in the year of Obama's first election and now onstage at the Custom Made Theatre Co., through Oct. 27.

Not toeing the line: 'Dance Nation'

Not toeing the line: 'Dance Nation'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 8, 2019

You don't expect a show called "Dance Nation" to be about a lack of coordination. But Clare Barron's bold, original play, at the San Francisco Playhouse through Nov. 9, is exactly that.

Top-notch & setting reputation aside

Top-notch & setting reputation aside

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 1, 2019

Even if you've never seen "Top Girls," you've likely heard something about British playwright Caryl Churchill's celebrated 1982 work.

Southern discomfort

Southern discomfort

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 1, 2019

"This Side of Crazy," written and directed by Del Shores ("Sordid Lives"), is now making its world premiere at the New Conservatory Theatre Company.

Too much & not enough: 'The Great Wave'

Too much & not enough: 'The Great Wave'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 24, 2019

Northern Irish playwright Francis Turnly's "The Great Wave" is now in its American premiere at the Berkeley Rep, directed by Mark Wing-Davey.

Class warfare: 'Exit Strategy'

Class warfare: 'Exit Strategy'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 17, 2019

If you're a fan of fast-talking, morally complicated characters, don't miss playwright Ike Holter's "Exit Strategy," a bristling ensemble drama now in its Bay Area premiere at the Aurora Theatre Company.

Laundry & liberalism: 'Caroline, or Change'

Laundry & liberalism: 'Caroline, or Change'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 17, 2019

"Caroline, or Change" is more than the title of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's ingenious sung-through musical, now playing in a not-to-be-missed Ray of Light Theatre production. It's an aphorism we'd be well to heed.

Screen test: Annie Baker's 'The Flick'

Screen test: Annie Baker's 'The Flick'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 16, 2019

Avery, one of the three movie-theater workers at the heart of "The Flick," has trouble explaining why he so strongly objects to the impending replacement of the decrepit single-screen cinema's 35mm projector.

More Fall Arts choices

More Fall Arts choices

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 3, 2019

In this, our second week of the Fall Arts Preview, we offer surveys of what's coming up in Bay Area Theatre, Art Galleries, the San Francisco Opera, Film, and lesbian-created Pop Music this fall.

Fall Preview, Theatre: Companion pieces

Fall Preview, Theatre: Companion pieces

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 3, 2019

In the spirit of lifelong learning, the Bay Area Reporter has put together a mini-curriculum for theatergoers to immerse themselves in over the months ahead.

Cinema's stepchild: 'The 39 Steps'

Cinema's stepchild: 'The 39 Steps'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 3, 2019

If you take the trouble to watch Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film adaptation of John Buchan's 1915 novel the evening before attending the stage version of "The 39 Steps," it will prove considerably more ingenious.

Jump into the SF Fringe Festival

Jump into the SF Fringe Festival

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 27, 2019

The annual San Francisco Fringe Festival returns to the Exit Theatre for a 28th year with an eclectic mix of memoir, magic, music and movement on three small stages from Sept. 5-14.

Opera from the far left edge: West Edge Opera

Opera from the far left edge: West Edge Opera

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Aug 20, 2019

Challenged by production costs, complicated site procurement, and a problematical performance space, West Edge Opera Festival 2019 can still be called a success.