Arts & Culture :: Theater

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 30, 2023

We're off to see...the movie? That's the question that's been cycloning around my mind ever since last April, when American Conservatory Theater first announced its planned production of "The Wizard of Oz," now in previews with opening night June 7.

Fangs, but no thanks: 'Let the Right One In' at Berkeley Rep

Fangs, but no thanks: 'Let the Right One In' at Berkeley Rep

  • May 30, 2023

Imagine if John Hughes made a vampire movie, set in Sweden. Well, that's what's on the menu — along with big gulps of stage blood — at Berkeley Repertory, in the National Theatre of Scotland's mystifying production of "Let the Right One In."

Summer in The City: music, dance, and theatre around the Bay Area

Summer in The City: music, dance, and theatre around the Bay Area

  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 30, 2023

From unique interpretations of classic plays and musicals, to fusion music concerts and site-specific performances, summer performing arts experiences offer a chance to immerse yourself in the spirit and energy of San Francisco.

Margaret Cho: SF native returns for Palace of Fine Arts show

Margaret Cho: SF native returns for Palace of Fine Arts show

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • May 23, 2023

It's been a few years since queer comedian, actor, and activist Margaret Cho has done a stand-up comedy tour. For 2023, Cho will embark on a multi-city comedy tour, "Live and Livid," including in San Francisco June 2.

Women in summer operas and symphony concerts

Women in summer operas and symphony concerts

  • by Philip Campbell
  • May 23, 2023

The San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera are both presenting a number of concerts and productions through May and June primarily focused on women.

Magic Theatre's 'The Ni¿¿er Lovers' daring satire

Magic Theatre's 'The Ni¿¿er Lovers' daring satire

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 23, 2023

If you're uncomfortable with satire that takes a showbizzy scalpel to America's original and ongoing sins, by all means shuffle off and shy away from the final performances of Marc Anthony Thompson's excruciatingly humorous playwriting debut.

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

Katya Smirnoff-Skyy celebrates 18 Years at Martuni's

  • by Christopher J. Beale
  • May 16, 2023

J. Conrad Frank's character Katya Smirnoff-Skyy was custom-made for a specific reason: to host cabaret and sing live. This week Katya celebrates 18 years hosting Katya Presents at Martuni's piano bar, a passion project that became an institution.

Chita Rivera's memoir shares the Broadway legend's life and career

Chita Rivera's memoir shares the Broadway legend's life and career

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 16, 2023

Chita Rivera, star of the original 'West Side Story,' 'Chicago' and other musicals, recounts her career as a dancer and musical star for 70 years in her captivating memoir.

'1776' — a new, queer take on an old classic

'1776' — a new, queer take on an old classic

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 9, 2023

It's been more than fifty years since the musical "1776" opened on Broadway. But a new production coming to San Jose takes this old chestnut and turns it on its ear. cast entirely with female, transgender and non-binary actors.

Going Out, May 4-12, 2023

Going Out, May 4-12, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • May 4, 2023

Come what May, this month's first week is blooming with intriguing arts and nightlife events.

Billy Porter's big pop tour

Billy Porter's big pop tour

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 2, 2023

As a child in the 1970s, Billy Porter fantasized about growing up to become "the male Whitney Houston." He'll dip back into that oft-deferred dream later this week in both San Jose and San Francisco concerts.

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco features Adrian Santana

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco features Adrian Santana

  • by Laura Moreno
  • May 2, 2023

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco proudly presents the upcoming show "Transitar por un Mundo sin Tiempo (Passage through a Timeless World)" on May 13 at the Herbst Theatre, featuring openly gay dancer Adrian Santana from Malaga, Spain.

'Imaginary Country' - Sharp & Fine's new show dances into the future

'Imaginary Country' - Sharp & Fine's new show dances into the future

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • May 2, 2023

From May 12-14, Z Space will host the world premiere of Sharp & Fine's "Imaginary Country," a new dance piece that poses the question: what would happen if you could see into the future?

'We Build Houses Here' — Detour's experiential extravaganza plays Oasis in May

'We Build Houses Here' — Detour's experiential extravaganza plays Oasis in May

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2023

Detour Dance's "We Build Houses Here," the ambitiously multivalent castaway extravaganza, premieres at Oasis with an ambitious immersive setting.