Arts & Culture :: Theater

Civics lessons take the stage

Civics lessons take the stage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 16, 2018

Everyone who attends Berkeley Rep's final production of its season will find a keepsake booklet containing the text of the United States Constitution at their seats in the Peet's Theatre.

Emancipation struggles

Emancipation struggles

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2018

"True dat," responds a trio of runaway slaves to a series of statements about the debilitating conditions endured by Civil War-era blacks in Suzan-Lori Parks' "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)," at ACT through May 20.

Coloring inside the lines

Coloring inside the lines

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 9, 2018

"The Color Purple," a musical hybrid of Alice Walker's acclaimed epistolary novel and Steven Spielberg's movie version, is virtually sung-through.

Relationship issues

Relationship issues

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 2, 2018

"Don't you want to be comfortable?" Jonny asks his lifelong friend Charlotte in The Mystery of Love and Sex, a thrilling psychological dramedy playing at NCTC through May 20.

Tony Kushner's complex God

Tony Kushner's complex God

  • by Erin Blackwell
  • May 2, 2018

"Angels in America" was born in San Francisco. Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone was artistic director at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre in 1989 when he commissioned Tony Kushner to write it.

Fractured fairy tale a la Go-Go's

Fractured fairy tale a la Go-Go's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2018

Head Over Heels is an exuberant new musical that opened at the Curran Theater last Wednesday night in advance of a Broadway opening this summer.

Unconnected dots

Unconnected dots

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 25, 2018

I've never read Jessica Hagedorn's novel The Gangster of Love.

That ol' black magic!

That ol' black magic!

  • by Sari Staver
  • Apr 18, 2018

Drag performer Black Benatar will host a "black magic salon" at Brava's Theater Center Cabaret, 2481 24th St., on Thurs., April 19, at 7:30 p.m.

16th-century epic verse a-Go-Go!

16th-century epic verse a-Go-Go!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 13, 2018

Almost two decades after starting her climb to the top of the drag scene, Peppermint, aka Agnes Moore (and the one-time Kevin Moore), is about to become the first transgender actress ever to originate a major role on Broadway.

The great work begins!

The great work begins!

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 11, 2018

Later this month, a much-anticipated new production of Angels in America will open at Berkeley Rep. Randy Harrison will play Prior Walter. And Stephen Spinella will step into the role of Roy Cohn.

Social climbing

Social climbing

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 4, 2018

The Saturday Night that opened last weekend in a new staging by 42nd Street Moon productions is a nifty throwback to eras far friendlier to musical theater.

Immersive G&S experience

Immersive G&S experience

  • by Philip Campbell
  • Apr 4, 2018

Lamplighters Music Theatre, celebrated San Francisco-based curators of the fantastic canon of Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, has also been part of the thriving Bay Area sing-along scene for years.

LGBT Time Travel

LGBT Time Travel

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Mar 28, 2018

Here's a look at NCTC's new season.

That uncertain someone

That uncertain someone

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Mar 28, 2018

Most of us would quickly, but carefully, take our leave of Georgie Burns.