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'Terror Vault' will make SF scream

'Terror Vault' will make SF scream

  • by Sari Staver
  • Oct 3, 2018

"Terror Vault," an immersive haunted journey though the underground vaults at the historic old San Francisco Mint, opens on Oct. 10 for a four-week run.

Innocence & experience

Innocence & experience

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 26, 2018

After 16 years on the musical theater A-list, Gavin Creel's performance at the Venetian Room on Oct. 14, as part of the Bay Area Cabaret series, will be his first major concert of showtunes.

Subtle puzzles of prejudice

Subtle puzzles of prejudice

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 26, 2018

Do you enjoy puzzles? If you answered "Yes," please continue to the next question; you may be a likely admirer of Christopher Chen's "You Mean To Do Me Harm" now playing at the San Francisco Playhouse.

Turn these beats around

Turn these beats around

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Sep 19, 2018

Last week Out There was in the house when "On Your Feet!," the touring Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway musical, opened at the newly remodeled SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

A 'House' haunted by Henrik Ibsen

A 'House' haunted by Henrik Ibsen

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 19, 2018

Berkeley Rep's new season blew in on a chilly Norwegian breeze with last Thursday night's opening of "A Doll's House, Part 2."

Mercy killing

Mercy killing

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 19, 2018

I felt jealous of the gentleman sitting in front of me at a performance of Theater Rhinoceros' "Dead and Breathing" last week. For 10 of the show's 90 minutes, he escaped, drifting off to sleep.

Lily Tomlin returns

Lily Tomlin returns

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 12, 2018

The incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to the Bay Area stage for a benefit performance of her one-woman show "An Evening of the Classic Lily Tomlin." The award-winning actress will perform a two-hour show on Thurs., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. at Zellerbach Hall.

Revisiting the Rose

Revisiting the Rose

  • by Sari Staver
  • Sep 12, 2018

David Pavlovsky's new 30-minute documentary, "Stand Up, Stand Out," tells the story of three gay teachers' fight for equal rights during the 1970s gay liberation movement, which led to the founding of the Valencia Rose Cabaret.

Just Jackie!

Just Jackie!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 12, 2018

It's been almost a year since Jackie Hoffman turned in what may be the most widely seen performance of her career.

Syrian complications

Syrian complications

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 5, 2018

On the first page of the program for Shotgun Players' production of Guillermo Calderón's "Kiss," "A Note from the Director" is subtitled, "Spoiler Alert: Please read after the show!"

Catch a rising star: Aaron Tveit

Catch a rising star: Aaron Tveit

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Sep 5, 2018

Catch him if you can: Broadway heartthrob Aaron Tveit.

Fall Preview: Theatre

Fall Preview: Theatre

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 29, 2018

Bay Area theater companies are putting a smorgasbord on the boards this fall. Unfortunately, with dozens of productions on offer, it's not an all-you-can-eat affair. Here's a selection of quirky canapés and dramatic dishes that have my mouth watering.

Curtain up on new leadership at A.C.T.

Curtain up on new leadership at A.C.T.

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 29, 2018

This fall, San Francisco's venerable American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) raises the curtain not only on a new season of productions, but also on its new leadership team, artistic director Pam MacKinnon and executive director Jennifer Bielstein.

NCTC celebrates Charles Busch

NCTC celebrates Charles Busch

  • by Sari Staver
  • Aug 22, 2018

The New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC) will honor actor, playwright, director and cabaret performer Charles Busch at the theatre's annual gala on Saturday, August 25, and will open their 2018 season with his play "Red Scare at Sunset."