Arts & Culture :: Theater

Alan Cumming multitasks

Alan Cumming multitasks

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2018

"Excuse me," says Alan Cumming, through the jangle of Manhattan traffic noise. "I'm hailing a taxi. It's a bit frantic right now." When, one wonders, is it not?

Once upon a time in America

Once upon a time in America

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2018

The world premiere of Oakland resident Jonathan Spector's "Good. Better. Best. Bested." - a co-production of Custom Made Theatre and Just Theater - is messy and black-humored, repulsive yet compelling.

The Clinton & I: a Chinese twist

The Clinton & I: a Chinese twist

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 27, 2018

A provocative popcorn machine of intellectual entertainment, "Soft Power," playing the Curran Theater through July 8, delivers a rat-a-tat fusillade of sociopolitical satire, musical parody, and autobiographical angst.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).