Arts & Culture :: Theater

Machine Dazzle decks the halls!

Machine Dazzle decks the halls!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 13, 2018

If you've only seen the official CBS-issued online video of Taylor Mac's recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," you can't comprehend the extent of costume designer Machine Dazzle's contribution to the proceedings.

Missionary positions

Missionary positions

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 6, 2018

In "Cardboard Piano," Hansol Jung's engrossing, idea-dense drama now playing the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 16-year-old girlfriends are forced to face down a double-barreled homophobia.

Frontiers past & future

Frontiers past & future

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 6, 2018

Watching "Men on Boats," the frontier adventure story now on stage at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater, summons up memories of childhood.

Chita Rivera, private dancer

Chita Rivera, private dancer

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 30, 2018

Chita Rivera will be at it again at Feinstein's at the Nikko next week, singing songs and telling tales from throughout her career in a four-show run of her latest cabaret show (including afternoon matinees on Sat., & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11).

Domestic unrest

Domestic unrest

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 23, 2018

A world-premiere family drama by Ashlin Halfnight, developed through Magic's own Virgin Play Festival, touches on suicide, homosexuality and pedophilia.

Black mirror

Black mirror

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 23, 2018

"Fairview," the exquisitely constructed drama now at Berkeley Rep, requires concentrated observation.

'Alice' in La-La Land

'Alice' in La-La Land

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 23, 2018

"Waitress," the hit Broadway musical now playing at the Golden Gate Theatre on its first national tour, opens with a chiming refrain.

The awesome twosome of 'Be More Chill'

The awesome twosome of 'Be More Chill'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 17, 2018

"Be More Chill," an upbeat, offbeat sci-fi high school musical, with songs by Joe Iconis and a fan-fave featured performance by George Salazar, is a viral sensation.

Rachel Bay Jones catches the zeitgeist

Rachel Bay Jones catches the zeitgeist

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 17, 2018

Rachel Bay Jones' reputation precedes her. Well, sort of.

Blue-collar blues in Pennsylvania

Blue-collar blues in Pennsylvania

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 10, 2018

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Sweat" defies initial expectations.

LGBT leading lights

LGBT leading lights

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Oct 10, 2018

Last week Out There was lucky enough to catch two major figures from contemporary LGBT arts & culture live in performance, and to learn what they're up to these days.

Statecraft & stagecraft

Statecraft & stagecraft

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 10, 2018

"Oslo" playwright J.T. Rogers is far less interested in heads of state than in the hearts and minds of the people behind them.

Liberating the heroine

Liberating the heroine

  • by Sari Staver
  • Oct 10, 2018

Choreographer and performer Monique Jenkinson, in the guise of her drag queen persona Fauxnique, and her longtime partner, electronic composer Marc Kate, will premier their first full collaboration, "Girl," at the Joe Goode Annex.

A cud time was had by all

A cud time was had by all

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 3, 2018

Get ready for a barnburner. "The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?," now singeing audience eyebrows at the Custom Made Theatre, is the late Edward Albee's most uproarious, in-your-face play by a long shot.