Arts & Culture :: Theater

50 years in 50 weeks: Marga Gomez' 2018 new year

50 years in 50 weeks: Marga Gomez' 2018 new year

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Mar 1, 2022

When Marga Gomez' 'Latin Standards' premiered at the Brava Theater Center in early 2018, not only did she do an interview with Sari Staver for our January 11 issue, Gomez also enjoyed a half-page spread in The New York Times' Arts & Leisure section.

Colman Domingo's 'Dot' at NCTC

Colman Domingo's 'Dot' at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Mar 1, 2022

Colman Domingo got his first ever stage role at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. Now, amid a successful career on Broadway and TV ('Euphoria'), his play, 'Dot' opens at the company where he got his start.

Enemy lines: 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' at SF Playhouse

Enemy lines: 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning' at SF Playhouse

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 22, 2022

At times when society feels divided into radically opposed camps, theater can remind us of a common humanity that transcends any singular ideology. But Will Arbery's play, 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning,' is a non-Kumbaya if ever there was one.

Lorraine Hansberry: two biographies on the life of 'A Raisin in the Sun' lesbian playwright

Lorraine Hansberry: two biographies on the life of 'A Raisin in the Sun' lesbian playwright

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 15, 2022

Two biographies of Black lesbian playwright Lorrain Hansberry, one new, the other recent, offer insightful perspectives on the writer whose singular success and difficult life were cut short.

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015's Sylvester musical

50 years in 50 weeks: 2015's Sylvester musical

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 9, 2022

In an interview published in February 2015, Richard Dodds talked to Anthony Wayne, the creator and star of the rousing 'Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical,' which was performed at Brava Theater.

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

  • by Paul Parish
  • Feb 8, 2022

San Francisco Ballet is back in the Opera House, looking strong, with two very different yet captivating programs of premieres and repertory works by choreographers Helgi Tomasson, Cathy Marston, William Forsythe, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 8, 2022

Zaccho Dance Theatre's long-delayed site-specific performance installation brings an aerial, ethereal new breath to the spiritual haven of Grace Cathedral.

Billy Porter's memoir 'Unprotected' - Broadway & TV actor's life story

Billy Porter's memoir 'Unprotected' - Broadway & TV actor's life story

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 1, 2022

After reading 'Unprotected,' Porter's frank, blunt, raw memoir, no one can ever accuse him of dissembling on a 30-year rocky circuitous journey to reach his current level of fame.

'Swept Away' - Avett Brothers' musical sets sail at Berkeley Rep

'Swept Away' - Avett Brothers' musical sets sail at Berkeley Rep

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 1, 2022

There are sparkling bits of beauty bobbing on the surface, and treasures that one hopes will eventually be salvaged, in 'Swept Away,' an earnest, engrossing new musical with songs by the Avett Brothers now in its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 28-Feb.4, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 28-Feb.4, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 27, 2022

The ins & outs and ups & downs of scheduling changes for arts and nightlife events are certainly keeping us on our toes, but we'll try to keep up with happenings around the Bay Area this week. If you're making plans, call ahead or check venues' websites.

Brian Hutchison's gay noir audio tale

Brian Hutchison's gay noir audio tale

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 25, 2022

'I Still Think About You,' a dark film noir-styled podcast done as a dramatic reading, is the new work of 'Boys in the Band' actor Brian Hutchison, with several of his actor friends in supporting roles.

Karen Mason lets the music play

Karen Mason lets the music play

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 25, 2022

If you've ever listened to a Karen Mason album or been fortunate enough to attend one of her concerts, (or saw her on Broadway), you will be blown away by her interpretive skills, and the ease with which she makes even the best-known songs all her own.

Making a pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Zellerbach Hall

Making a pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Zellerbach Hall

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Jan 25, 2022

Dancer Joshua Thake's life journey has brought him from rural Massachusetts to some of the world's most revered stages as a member of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the celebrated all-male drag ballet troupe.

Going Out, Homing's In Jan. 21-28, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In Jan. 21-28, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 20, 2022

This is your arts and nightlife captain; please stand by as we navigate through abrupt closings, postponements —and even a few openings— around the Bay Area this week.