Arts & Culture :: Theater

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' — Shotgun Players pulls the wig down from the shelf

'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' — Shotgun Players pulls the wig down from the shelf

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 7, 2023

As conceived by writer John Cameron Mitchell and composer/lyricist Stephen Trask back in 1997, "Hedwig"— now being presented by Berkeley's Shotgun Players — is intended to feel like a late night in a dive bar, not an evening at the theater.

Tanika Baptiste directs 'Group Therapy' at Theatre Rhino

Tanika Baptiste directs 'Group Therapy' at Theatre Rhino

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 7, 2023

Tis the season for Tanika Baptiste. While performing in the recent SF Playhouse production of 'Nollywood Dreams,' the multi-talent helmed rehearsals of Theatre Rhinoceros' new show, Kheven LaGrone's 'Group Therapy.'

Theyfriend: shining a spotlight on nonbinary performers

Theyfriend: shining a spotlight on nonbinary performers

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 7, 2023

Nonbinary performers will be celebrated from November 14-18 when Diamond Wave, a San Francisco-based queer arts organization, presents the third annual Theyfriend performance festival.

'The Legend of Georgia McBride' — Matthew López' drag makeover comedy at Center Rep

'The Legend of Georgia McBride' — Matthew López' drag makeover comedy at Center Rep

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • Nov 7, 2023

Center Repertory Company is staging "The Legend of Georgia McBride" at Lesher Center for the Performing Arts in Walnut Creek as a direct response to the latest anti-drag and LGBTQ legislation sweeping the nation.

Andrew Rannells' 'Uncle of the Year' — hilarious, heartbreaking essays from a funny gay actor

Andrew Rannells' 'Uncle of the Year' — hilarious, heartbreaking essays from a funny gay actor

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Nov 7, 2023

In his candid new book of essays "Uncle of the Year," successful actor Andrew Rannells wonders why he still feels like an anxious twenty-year-old climbing his way toward solid ground.

Nathalie Lermitte's tribute to Edith Piaf

Nathalie Lermitte's tribute to Edith Piaf

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 31, 2023

Between a summer that brought TayTay and Bey to the Bay and a winter that heralds the latest manifestation of Madonna, yet another gay-favored global superstar headlines the Herbst Theatre on November 6; Edith Piaf, as interpreted by Nathalie Lermitte.

NCTC's 'we are continuous' — Ordinary people, extraordinarily wrought

NCTC's 'we are continuous' — Ordinary people, extraordinarily wrought

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 31, 2023

One of the most poignant moments in Harrison David Rivers' autobiographical "we are continuous," is a mother's reaction when her gay adult son, says "You don't have to worry about me."

Going Out, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2023

Going Out, Oct. 26-Nov. 3, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 26, 2023

Halloween's on Tuesday, but you know there'll be plenty of creepy costumed fun through this weekend. We also have plenty of arts and nightclub events that are a bit less scary, including our Besties winners and runners-up, this week in Going Out.

John Cameron Mitchell on playing 'Cassette Roulette' with Amber Martin

John Cameron Mitchell on playing 'Cassette Roulette' with Amber Martin

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 24, 2023

John Cameron Mitchell takes to the stage on November 4 at Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall with multi-talented singer Amber Martin. The duo will play "Cassette Roulette," a fun night of prepared and audience-request songs performed with their band.

Museums, music & more: Besties arts: a winning year in local culture for 2023

Museums, music & more: Besties arts: a winning year in local culture for 2023

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 24, 2023

From music to dance and theater, our readers have shared their favorites in the Besties once again. Here's what they have to say this go-round in the performing arts.

Theater Briefs: closing soon and coming soon

Theater Briefs: closing soon and coming soon

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 24, 2023

The fall theater season continues at a fast and furious pace, with plenty of openings still to come. Here are a few productions that should be on your radar.

Going Out, Oct. 19-27, 2023

Going Out, Oct. 19-27, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 19, 2023

From artists showcasing their works at the Shipyard Open Studios, to pre-Halloween weekend revelry, we're sharing a feast of arts and nightclub events in Going Out, this week and every week.

Fortune Feimster — She's queer, she's here, she's hella funny.

Fortune Feimster — She's queer, she's here, she's hella funny.

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Oct 17, 2023

With two hilarious, full-length Netflix specials to her name, numerous acting roles, and a brand new live stand-up comedy tour, aptly titled "Live, Love, Laugh" (in Oakland Oct. 21), there's plenty of Fortune Feimster to go around.

Eddie Izzard and Alex Edelman: Pushing the envelope of stand-up

Eddie Izzard and Alex Edelman: Pushing the envelope of stand-up

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 16, 2023

This month, San Francisco audiences can see two of the brainiest comics currently working in full-length solo shows: queer British entertainer Eddie Izzard, and rising star Alex Edelman.