Arts & Culture :: Theater

Musical moments: 'The Band's Visit' and 'Freestyle Love Supreme'

Musical moments: 'The Band's Visit' and 'Freestyle Love Supreme'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jan 18, 2022

San Francisco stages are now hosting two of the more unorthodox musicals to hit big on Broadway in recent years, one subtle and poetic ('The Band's Visit'), the other boisterous and participatory ('Freestyle Love Supreme').

Arts update: plays, comedy fest postponed; Chorus' center funding

Arts update: plays, comedy fest postponed; Chorus' center funding

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 12, 2022

It's one step forward and two steps back in the local arts scene as theater companies close their doors yet again, a comedy festival is postponed, and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus gets funding from Amazon.

James Magruder: playwright's new novel, 'Vamp Until Ready'

James Magruder: playwright's new novel, 'Vamp Until Ready'

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 11, 2022

James Magruder is a funny guy. His wonderfully wicked sense of humor comes through in his plays, and in his new novel, 'Vamp Until Ready.'

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 7-15, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 7-15, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 5, 2022

We've got live theater and comedy, art exhibits in a diverse array of genres, plus movies, dance concerts or music shows in-person and online.

50 years in 50 weeks: Joan Rivers sounds off in 2009

50 years in 50 weeks: Joan Rivers sounds off in 2009

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 30, 2021

In Robert Sokol's May 14, 2009 interview with the late Joan Rivers, the celebrated comedian talked of her career and threw in plenty of timely jokes, which were very much of that age.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: going strong after 29 years

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: going strong after 29 years

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 21, 2021

This year's Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show is producer/comic Lisa Geduldidg's 29th edition, and offers an all-female line-up. In addition to hosting, Geduldig will perform, as will her mom, 90-year-old Arline Geduldig.

'The Woman in Black' at The Strand

'The Woman in Black' at The Strand

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 21, 2021

'The Woman In Black,' a ghost story, is now on stage at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater. Thousands of goosebump-loving audience members who have made this play a huge hit in London.

SF Ballet's 'Nutcracker;' Mark Morris Dance Group

SF Ballet's 'Nutcracker;' Mark Morris Dance Group

  • by Paul Parish
  • Dec 14, 2021

SF Ballet's new production of Helgi Tomasson's 'Nutcracker' shines, with principal dancers and soloists even in minor roles acting on a par with the dancing. Also, advance coverage of Mark Morris Dance Group this weekend at Zellerbach Hall.

Live 'Stream'- 'Gently Down the Stream' at NCTC

Live 'Stream'- 'Gently Down the Stream' at NCTC

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 14, 2021

Playwright Martin Sherman's intergenerational 'Gently Down The Stream,' now at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, brings a simultaneous valedictory for the gay past and benediction of queer generations to come.

Rita Moreno: celebrated actress at SF FILM's 'West Side Story' screening

Rita Moreno: celebrated actress at SF FILM's 'West Side Story' screening

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Dec 14, 2021

A packed audience braved the rain and filled the Castro Theater on Sunday Dec. 12 for a free screening of Steven Spielberg's reimagining of the classic musical 'West Side Story,' and a special Q&A with legendary actress Rita Moreno.

Cassandra's complex: Shotgun's take on Malvina Reynolds; SF Playhouse's 'Twelfth Night'

Cassandra's complex: Shotgun's take on Malvina Reynolds; SF Playhouse's 'Twelfth Night'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 7, 2021

Malvina Reynolds's "Little Boxes" expands to a performance arty stage event, while SF Playhouse's one-act version of Shakespeare comedy of errors is colorfully anachronistic.

50 years in 50 weeks: Alec Mapa's pride

50 years in 50 weeks: Alec Mapa's pride

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 3, 2021

Heading up the arts features in our June 23, 2005 edition, Adam Sandel gets good quotes from comic actor Alec Mapa, who was a celebrity Grand Marshal at that year's Pride events.

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

Robin de Jesús: from Camp to Boom

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Nov 30, 2021

Robin de Jesús discusses his new more mature role in the film 'tick, tick... Boom,' plus his earlier work onstage and film in 'Rent,' 'The Boys in the Band' and 'In the Heights.'

Caleb Teicher: dancing a new path

Caleb Teicher: dancing a new path

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Nov 30, 2021

Caleb Teicher & Company amake their Bay Area debut at Zellerbach Hall on Dec. 5 with 'More Forever,' a jazz/tap/Lindy Hop ensemble work, performed in a 24-foot sandbox with a live original score, composed and performed by virtuoso pianist Conrad Tao.