Arts & Culture :: Theater

Too many cooks spoil the melting pot

Too many cooks spoil the melting pot

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 15, 2019

"Paradise Square," the ambitious, long-aborning musical, is now in its latest stage of gestation at Berkeley Rep.

Grounded in human kindness

Grounded in human kindness

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 15, 2019

Uplifting. Optimistic. Inspiring. You've likely heard these characterizations of "Come From Away," the hit Broadway musical now making its San Francisco debut at the Golden Gate Theatre.

Bringing the funny

Bringing the funny

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jan 11, 2019

SF Sketchfest, the nationally recognized comedy festival born and bred in San Francisco, brings more than 700 shows to stages around town for 18 days beginning Jan. 10.

Countdown to curtain time, 2019

Countdown to curtain time, 2019

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 1, 2019

A threesome of historical musicals, two shows apiece by two buzzy playwrights, and a festival of one-handers. Here are a few of the forthcoming shows we're most intrigued by as a new year of theater blasts off. 3-2-1!

Paula does NYE

Paula does NYE

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 25, 2018

Paula Poundstone brings her quirky, self-deprecating sense of humor to the Sydney Goldstein Theater (formerly the Nourse) in San Francisco for her annual New Year's Eve show.

Cinderella dreams

Cinderella dreams

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 18, 2018

This year's African-American Shakespeare Company's seasonal production of "Cinderella" will be directed by Broadway veteran Mark Allan Davis, an openly gay actor, playwright, dancer, lyricist and choreographer.

Queer Evan Hansen

Queer Evan Hansen

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 11, 2018

"The past few weeks, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by social media," admits Ben Levi Ross, entirely aware of the irony in his situation.

'Evan Hansen' & musical therapy

'Evan Hansen' & musical therapy

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 11, 2018

The closing scene of "Dear Evan Hansen" brings us to a clearing. The characters assemble before a bright blue scrim of open sky.

Family tides

Family tides

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 7, 2018

Mona Mansour's emotional colloquium of a play "We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War" draws much of its appeal from the warm relationship between its two main characters.

Stars shine for 'Help Is on the Way XVII'

Stars shine for 'Help Is on the Way XVII'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 4, 2018

Stars of stage and cabaret will perform on Mon., Dec. 10, at the Marines Memorial Theater in "Help Is on the Way XVII," a gala fundraiser for the Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation.

Straight outa the Bronx

Straight outa the Bronx

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 4, 2018

Straightforward, familiar and enormously satisfying, "A Bronx Tale" is the relatively rare contemporary musical that exudes winning sincerity more than winking self-consciousness.

Cue the guardian angels!

Cue the guardian angels!

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Nov 28, 2018

The West Coast premiere of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's "It's a Wonderful Life" opened at the San Francisco Opera last week to make a picturesque start for the holiday season.

Bring on the holiday entertainments!

Bring on the holiday entertainments!

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Nov 27, 2018

We've turned the corner into the holiday season, so last week Out There attended shows perfect for this time of year.

Folklore & history

Folklore & history

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 27, 2018

Odd to say about a play that touches on the Holocaust, but with its poignant take on family, fiction and hope for the future, "Everything Is Illuminated" offers a lovely welcome to the holiday season.