Arts & Culture :: Theater

Glenda Jackson's contrary genius

Glenda Jackson's contrary genius

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • May 23, 2018

Last year, British actress Glenda Jackson was given an Evening Standard Theatre award for her performance as King Lear.

Insect interplay

Insect interplay

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 23, 2018

The pretty, hopeful closing scene of San Francisco Playhouse's "An Entomologist's Love Story" finds Betty (Lori Prince), a self-protectively cynical research scientist, beginning to let her romantic guard down after years of online hookups and solitude.

Bright star shines

Bright star shines

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 16, 2018

Carmen Cusack returns to San Francisco this Saturday night for a solo performance at "A Twist of Limelight," the nonprofit Bay Area Musicals' annual fundraising benefit.

Seeking out our better angels

Seeking out our better angels

  • by Roberto Friedman
  • May 16, 2018

Seeing the "Angels in America" revival at Berkeley Rep last month was among the most powerful theatre experiences Out There has ever had. It runs through July 22, and if you're interested in the American stage, you must see it.

Shallow 'Seagull' in a hurry

Shallow 'Seagull' in a hurry

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • May 16, 2018

A new film of Anton Chekhov;s 1896 play "The Seagull" opens Friday at the Landmark Clay.

Civics lessons take the stage

Civics lessons take the stage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 16, 2018

Everyone who attends Berkeley Rep's final production of its season will find a keepsake booklet containing the text of the United States Constitution at their seats in the Peet's Theatre.

Emancipation struggles

Emancipation struggles

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2018

"True dat," responds a trio of runaway slaves to a series of statements about the debilitating conditions endured by Civil War-era blacks in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)," at ACT through May 20.

Coloring inside the lines

Coloring inside the lines

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2018

"The Color Purple," a musical hybrid of Alice Walker's acclaimed epistolary novel and Steven Spielberg's movie version, is virtually sung-through.

Relationship issues

Relationship issues

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 2, 2018

"Don't you want to be comfortable?" Jonny asks his lifelong friend Charlotte in The Mystery of Love and Sex, a thrilling psychological dramedy playing at NCTC through May 20.

Tony Kushner's complex God

Tony Kushner's complex God

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • May 2, 2018

"Angels in America" was born in San Francisco. Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone was artistic director at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre in 1989 when he commissioned Tony Kushner to write it.

Fractured fairy tale a la Go-Go's

Fractured fairy tale a la Go-Go's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2018

Head Over Heels is an exuberant new musical that opened at the Curran Theater last Wednesday night in advance of a Broadway opening this summer.

Unconnected dots

Unconnected dots

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2018

I've never read Jessica Hagedorn's novel The Gangster of Love.

That ol' black magic!

That ol' black magic!

  • by Sari Staver
  • Apr 18, 2018

Drag performer Black Benatar will host a "black magic salon" at Brava's Theater Center Cabaret, 2481 24th St., on Thurs., April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

16th-century epic verse a-Go-Go!

16th-century epic verse a-Go-Go!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 13, 2018

Almost two decades after starting her climb to the top of the drag scene, Peppermint, aka Agnes Moore (and the one-time Kevin Moore), is about to become the first transgender actress ever to originate a major role on Broadway.