Arts & Culture :: Theater

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.

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.

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.

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.