Arts & Culture :: Theater

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.

A music man, unlimited

A music man, unlimited

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 16, 2019

"It's been a while now, but I really stumbled into the world of musical theater," says Broadway star Joshua Henry, who plays the Bay Area Cabaret series at the Venetian Room on April 28.

Broadway or bust!

Broadway or bust!

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Apr 16, 2019

In his new memoir, gay actor Andrew Rannells tells the contemporary Candide-like adventure of a Midwestern boy relocating to New York City to fulfill his dream of being on a Broadway stage.

Phantom pain

Phantom pain

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 9, 2019

The piquant relationship and tart-tongued dialogue between its two cantankerous septuagenarian characters is the most appealing aspect of "In Old Age," Mfoniso Udofia's latest installment of her "Ufot Cycle."

Refugee camp drama

Refugee camp drama

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 9, 2019

"The Jungle," now at the Curran theater, is a flight simulator: It places you amidst the mass migration of thousands of refugees fleeing poverty, misogyny, terrorism and religious fanaticism.

Faster, citizens, faster!

Faster, citizens, faster!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 9, 2019

There's a terrific 45-minute show to be excavated from the two hours of material in "Time Sensitive," a good-humored takedown of contemporary capitalism's devotion to acceleration.

Deadly games, inconsequential kisses

Deadly games, inconsequential kisses

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 2, 2019

Ira Levin's twisty self-referential thriller "Deathtrap," now in a Theatre Rhinoceros production at the Gateway Theatre, is one of the most commercially successful plays of all time.

Russian circus

Russian circus

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 2, 2019

"Kill The Debbie Downers! Kill Them! Kill Them! Kill Them Off!" is the attention-grabbing but overlong title of the attention-worthy but overstretched performance now being staged by Berkeley's Shotgun Players.

Sculptural anthropology

Sculptural anthropology

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 2, 2019

"Home," the virtually wordless movement theater piece now at the Berkeley Rep, takes isual and descriptive power and brings it to life in stunning four-dimensional form.

Besties 2019 LGBTQ Performing Artist of the Year: Charles Busch

Besties 2019 LGBTQ Performing Artist of the Year: Charles Busch

  • by John F. Karr
  • Apr 2, 2019

Monday night is not a usual night to step out and see a show. Which means we'll all be free to meet up at the Oasis on Mon., April 8, to see Charles Busch in his brand-new cabaret act.

Complexity & compassion in the 80s

Complexity & compassion in the 80s

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 26, 2019

Set in 1979 and 1981, "Falsettos" is the first of only two Broadway musicals that have ever directly addressed the AIDS epidemic.

Leotarded

Leotarded

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 26, 2019

Dipika Guha's loose-limbed comedy "Yoga Play," now at the San Francisco Playhouse, offers plenty of posturing on the part of its characters, but little in the way of audience enlightenment.

Golden stage warrior

Golden stage warrior

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 19, 2019

Native San Franciscan playwright Lauren Yee has had a winning streak on home turf this winter, with major productions of both her loose, kooky "King of the Yees" at the San Francisco Playhouse, and her basketball-themed drama "The Great Leap" at ACT.

Custom Made on a roll

Custom Made on a roll

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 19, 2019

Playwright Bess Wohl gives deliciously malicious spin to fast-foodery in her comedy "American Hero," now in director Allie Moss' funny, fine-grained production at the Custom Made Theatre Company.