Arts & Culture :: Theater

Patti LuPone pulls no punches

Patti LuPone pulls no punches

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 20, 2018

No San Francisco queen worth his salt would turn down a salty sit-down with Patti LuPone. So we were out in full force last Wednesday night at the Curran Theatre.

Moonshadows

Moonshadows

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 20, 2018

In the American Conservatory Theater's guileless, bighearted new musical "A Walk on the Moon," at the Geary Theater through July 1, there are sweet, small elements that achieve liftoff.

Countess Luann is a class act

Countess Luann is a class act

  • by Adam Sandel
  • Jun 20, 2018

Countess Luann brings her nightclub act to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Fri. & Sat., June 22 & 23.

Preaching to the converted

Preaching to the converted

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 13, 2018

Following the inspirational lead of Jeff Sessions - who bears a striking resemblance to Leslie Jordan - I feel a duty to recuse myself from future reviews of the Del Shores oeuvre.

Blake family values

Blake family values

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 13, 2018

Stephen Karam carves deep into the dark meat of middle-class America in "The Humans," his Tony Award-winning hybrid of kitchen-sink drama and dream-logic creep show.

Kathy Griffin, back from the backlash

Kathy Griffin, back from the backlash

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jun 13, 2018

Kathy Griffin is killing it at the box office again, after a yearlong boycott by the entertainment industry after the celebrity gossip website TMZ leaked a picture of Griffin with a fake severed head of Donald Trump.

More books for LGBTQ Pride Month

More books for LGBTQ Pride Month

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • Jun 13, 2018

Last week we previewed two books that are being released in time for LGBTQ Pride Month. This week we follow up with a passel more, books with publication dates this June.

Lea DeLaria, from 'Big Boo' to Bowie

Lea DeLaria, from 'Big Boo' to Bowie

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jun 6, 2018

Lea DeLaria is probably best-known for her award-winning role as Carrie "Big Boo" Black on Netflix's popular series "Orange is the New Black."

From an Asian perspective

From an Asian perspective

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 6, 2018

"When I first went in to audition for 'How To Get Away with Murder,' it wasn't a part written for an Asian actor," says Conrad Ricamora, the gay actor who plays Oliver Hampton, a gay HIV+ lawyer on the hit CBS series.

Let's play dress up!

Let's play dress up!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 30, 2018

Harken back, dear friends, to a time when "RuPaul's Drag Race" was nary a glint in your metallic MAC eye-shadow, and a jock in a frock was an assault on propriety.

Feasting on Fosse

Feasting on Fosse

  • by John F. Karr
  • May 30, 2018

Two recently published books are a Bob Fosse feast for musical theatre enthusiasts (aka, show queens, a fun but less politically correct nickname).

Transgender performance extravaganza

Transgender performance extravaganza

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 30, 2018

The 17th annual transgender and queer performance festival "Fresh Meat" features a transgender superhero rock opera, world champion gay ballroom dancers, queer disabled dance pioneers, gender-bending dance theater, and transcomedy.

Oinking out loud

Oinking out loud

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 25, 2018

Prepare to snort-laugh, eye-roll, and faux-groan your merry way through the new production of "Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly" at the New Conservatory Theatre Center through June 10.

International performance art arrives

International performance art arrives

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 23, 2018

The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) will present more than 40 different dance, cirque, musical, comedy, theatre, and performance art pieces in its upcoming festival at Fort Mason Center, May 24-June 3.