Arts & Culture :: Theater

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.

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.

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.

2018 begins on Bay Area stages

2018 begins on Bay Area stages

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 10, 2018

With a new year aborned, and the theatrical lull of the holidays and attendant distractions behind us, it's time to take stock of how 2018 will begin to unfurl on our stages.

Marga Gomez Polishes Her Act

Marga Gomez Polishes Her Act

  • by Sari Staver
  • Jan 10, 2018

Fans of Marga Gomez, you have just 12 opportunities to see the Puerto Rican/Cuban American lesbian performer's final solo show, "Latin Standards," which premieres at the Brava Theater Center on January 11.

Carey Perloff's Big Send-Off 'Party'

Carey Perloff's Big Send-Off 'Party'

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Jan 3, 2018

It's fitting on many levels that the last play Carey Perloff will direct as ACT's artistic director is Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party."

2017 Bay Area Theatre in Review

2017 Bay Area Theatre in Review

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 27, 2017

Here are 10 excellent productions seen in 2017 that provoke the stoutest memories.

Paula Poundstone does New Year's Eve

Paula Poundstone does New Year's Eve

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 27, 2017

2017 has been a great year for comic Paula Poundstone, whose new book repeatedly hit the Amazon bestseller list, and whose concerts have been often been selling out.

They got the 16th-century beat

They got the 16th-century beat

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 20, 2017

Such songs as "Mad About You," "Vacation," "We Got the Beat" and the title song become part of the musical "Head Over Heels."

Jackie Beat :: Wickedly Funny Holiday Wit with LA's Satire Song Queen

Jackie Beat :: Wickedly Funny Holiday Wit with LA's Satire Song Queen

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 14, 2017

"If I had to define myself as more of a performer or a writer, I'd choose writer," says the thoughtful 52-year-old who will appear at Oasis on Sunday, December 17, as his outrageous alter-ego, drag star Jackie Beat.

When the Moral Stakes are High

When the Moral Stakes are High

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 13, 2017

If audiences saw how the regal class could rise to an occasion in "Watch on the Rhine," perhaps they could emulate that behavior.

Moody manor on the moors

Moody manor on the moors

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 13, 2017

In song and style, the musical "The Secret garden" can be a somber affair.

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 9, 2017

The Puritans didn't approve of its celebration, and for part of the 17th century, Christmas was banned in Boston as a public nuisance. But we seem pretty much hardwired to drink from the cup of cheer at this time of the year.