Arts & Culture :: Theater

Rinabeth Apostol's take two: the luck and logistics of back-to-back roles

Rinabeth Apostol's take two: the luck and logistics of back-to-back roles

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 26, 2022

On May 8, Rinabeth Apostol will take her last bow as Alison Bechdel in the 42nd Street Moon production of the Tony-winning musical "Fun Home." Just three nights later, she'll be on stage at the Magic Theatre in "Monument, or Four Sisters (A Sloth Play)."

'PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute' - strong medicine needs more regimen

'PrEP Play, or Blue Parachute' - strong medicine needs more regimen

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 19, 2022

The complexities of the generation gap between gay men who grew up in the AIDS epidemic and those who came-of-age with tenofovir pills are explored in 'PrEp Play, or Blue Parachute,' now in a world premiere at NCTC.

'Coming Soon' at Z Space: a rousing, arousing new musical

'Coming Soon' at Z Space: a rousing, arousing new musical

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 19, 2022

Musician-playwright Rachel Lark's stage musical, 'Coming Soon,' opens at Z Space this week, with sex on its mind, but it's more serious and less schticky than her previous tunes performed at Bawdy Storytelling.

SF Playhouse's 'Water By the Spoonful'

SF Playhouse's 'Water By the Spoonful'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 16, 2022

Stories of intergenerational family drama, post-traumatic stress and the ravages of drug addiction are complexly interwoven in playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes' 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Water By The Spoonful,' now at SF Playhouse.

Going Out, Homing's In, April 15-22, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, April 15-22, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 14, 2022

Rise up, go out and do stuff, be it a play or concert, movie or mojitos in a bar. Going Out, Homing's In brings on the fun.

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.

Going Out, Homing's In, April 8-15, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, April 8-15, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 7, 2022

From music concerts to captivating theater, wacky drag acts and groovy bar events, Going Out, Homing's In offers a feast of fun.

'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.

Going Out, Homing's In, March 4-11, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, March 4-11, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 3, 2022

Count yourself lucky that you're in a relatively free country, at least free enough to attend arts and nightlife events like those listed here. Do what you can, donate to Ukraine relief efforts, then count your blessings at a theater, art gallery, or bar.