Arts & Culture :: Theater

John Fisher Plays His Trump Card

John Fisher Plays His Trump Card

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Feb 28, 2018

Like most Americans who voted, John Fisher expected the safe and sane candidate to triumph over the one who had so deliciously torn apart his fellow Republicans during the primaries.

You Boldly Go, Girl! :: Gender-Bending 'Star Trek Live' at Oasis

You Boldly Go, Girl! :: Gender-Bending 'Star Trek Live' at Oasis

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Feb 22, 2018

Imagine a man playing a woman, and a woman playing a man, who switch bodies. Sound confusing? Not if you're attending 'Star Trek Live' at the Oasis.

Role-Playing Drama in Avatar Form

Role-Playing Drama in Avatar Form

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Feb 21, 2018

Some of the best theatrical experiences arise from situations that seem to have no obvious relevance to the viewer.

Late Night at Compton's

Late Night at Compton's

  • by Sari Staver
  • Feb 21, 2018

The world premiere of an interactive theater production inspired by the historic riots that launched transgender activism in San Francisco opens for a four-week run on February 22 at the New Village Cafe, 1426 Polk St.

Touring Musicals Set to Hit the Road

Touring Musicals Set to Hit the Road

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Feb 14, 2018

What had been the most important casting mystery among the seven shows recently announced by SHN for its latest season of touring musicals was has just been solved.

Swimsuit competition

Swimsuit competition

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Feb 7, 2018

In "Red Speedo," Ray is an Olympic hopeful who finds a promising career on the line when his coach discovers a stash of performance-enhancing drugs in the club's refrigerator.

Lorraine Hansberry Lives!

Lorraine Hansberry Lives!

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 7, 2018

Arguably the original promulgator of Black Lives Matter, the African-American lesbian playwright Lorraine Hansberry, though dead 53 years, hasn't been forgotten.

Parsing Nerds :: Will Roland on 'Dear Evan Hansen' and His One-Man Show

Parsing Nerds :: Will Roland on 'Dear Evan Hansen' and His One-Man Show

  • by Jim Gadstone
  • Feb 4, 2018

"If I was 6' 3" and muscular, I'd have to make peace with playing romantic leads," wisecracks toothy-grinned, Cyranosed actor/singer Will Roland. "We are all stuck within our types a little bit."

Show Business Thrives on Geary Street

Show Business Thrives on Geary Street

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 31, 2018

Big news arrived cheek-by-jowl from the side-by-side theaters on Geary Street.

Activism out of sync

Activism out of sync

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 31, 2018

In Tim Pinckney's "Still at Risk," now in its world premiere at New Conservatory Theatre Center, the central character is angry at those younger than himself for not being able to do the impossible.

An atmosphere of growing menace

An atmosphere of growing menace

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 24, 2018

Most audiences know that Harold Pinter is more about setting up situations than providing solutions.

Tilting at windmills

Tilting at windmills

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 24, 2018

There was a time when "Man of La Mancha" was cool.

Marga remembers

Marga remembers

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 17, 2018

But the thing about a Marga Gomez solo show - a form distinct from her standup comedy routines - is that it sounds so much like a spontaneous creation.

Getting unstuck after the AIDS crisis

Getting unstuck after the AIDS crisis

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 17, 2018

Tim Pinckney had reached that pivotal point in a young actor's career: He was finally spending more time on stages than waiting on tables.