Arts & Culture :: Theater

Riffing on office-mates' conversations

Riffing on office-mates' conversations

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 22, 2018

Playwright Lynn Rosen slices, dices and juliennes the banal chit-chat of unmotivated office workers in "Washed Up on the Potomac."

Performing pros are on their way

Performing pros are on their way

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 15, 2018

Carole Cook, still quite active in cabaret, is one of more than a dozen performers who will be taking to the stage of the Herbst Theatre on Sun., Aug. 19 for "Help Is on the Way 24," the latest fundraising variety show for Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.

Standing up to Mahatma Gandhi

Standing up to Mahatma Gandhi

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 8, 2018

"#GetGandhi: A Seriously Radical Feminist Comedy" opens this Saturday, August 11, at the Mission District's Z Space Below performance space.

Agitprop comedy al fresco

Agitprop comedy al fresco

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Aug 4, 2018

"There's a standard criticism that people make about us," says Joan Holden, a member and leader of the San Francisco Mime Troupe since 1967. "They say we're preaching to the converted. Well, don't the converted need to be inspired and animated?"

Cultural appropriation in the art world

Cultural appropriation in the art world

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 26, 2018

Shotgun Players' "White" is emotionally hot and utterly of the moment.

Summer in the theater with Sondheim

Summer in the theater with Sondheim

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 18, 2018

My favorite moment in "Sunday in the Park with George" is when the titular artist, George Seurat, describes the inventiveness of the pointillist brushwork in "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte."

Oedipal complex among lesbians

Oedipal complex among lesbians

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 18, 2018

"Oedipus at Palm Springs," written and originally performed by the Five Lesbian Brothers collaborative, is particularly reliant on the performers' delivery rather than the plot.

Homosexual 'Oklahoma!' wows in Oregon

Homosexual 'Oklahoma!' wows in Oregon

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 11, 2018

Raise your curtains of preconception and imagine a musical: There's a spunky, sexually adventurous gay boy pursued by a hardworking man, a few years older, who wants to tame the young-un's wandering eye and get domestic.

Five Lesbian Brothers in the mix

Five Lesbian Brothers in the mix

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 11, 2018

"Oedipus in Palm Springs," a play by The Five Lesbian Brothers, a writing collaborative that includes Lisa Kron, was in rehearsals for a rare revival at Theater Rhinoceros (opening July 12 at the Gateway Theatre, with a local cast).

Eclectic performance events

Eclectic performance events

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 6, 2018

Beginning on July 10, the Fury Factory Festival of performer-creators from around the country will take over spaces throughout the Mission District and in Oakland to present an eclectic, boundary-pushing series of theatrical events.

Alan Cumming multitasks

Alan Cumming multitasks

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2018

"Excuse me," says Alan Cumming, through the jangle of Manhattan traffic noise. "I'm hailing a taxi. It's a bit frantic right now." When, one wonders, is it not?

For those about to rock

For those about to rock

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jul 4, 2018

The touring production of "School of Rock" now playing the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco through July 22 is the perfect opportunity to bring your secret air-guitar moves out of the closet.

Once upon a time in America

Once upon a time in America

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2018

The world premiere of Oakland resident Jonathan Spector's "Good. Better. Best. Bested." - a co-production of Custom Made Theatre and Just Theater - is messy and black-humored, repulsive yet compelling.

The Clinton & I: a Chinese twist

The Clinton & I: a Chinese twist

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 27, 2018

A provocative popcorn machine of intellectual entertainment, "Soft Power," playing the Curran Theater through July 8, delivers a rat-a-tat fusillade of sociopolitical satire, musical parody, and autobiographical angst.