Arts & Culture :: Theater

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.

Carolina hoedown at the Curran

Carolina hoedown at the Curran

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 6, 2017

"Bright Star" has arrived at the Curran Theatre in a touring production, and it very much wants to be liked.

Christmas treats

Christmas treats

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Dec 6, 2017

The definition of a holiday show has been stretched wide beyond "A Christmas Carol."

Norm Lewis :: Broadway and TV Star's at Feinstein's

Norm Lewis :: Broadway and TV Star's at Feinstein's

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Dec 2, 2017

The Tony-nominated actor-singer brings his new cabaret show, "Norm Lewis Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas," to Feinstein's at the Nikko December 8 - 10.

Volatile issues in the Middle East

Volatile issues in the Middle East

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Nov 29, 2017

"ReOrient 2017" is a biennial festival of short plays devoted to Middle Eastern issues.

John Waters :: Holiday Kitsch and Camp with the Pope of Trash

John Waters :: Holiday Kitsch and Camp with the Pope of Trash

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 26, 2017

The prolific filmmaker, bestselling author, and master raconteur is back in town, and he'll share the latest edition of his Christmas show on Tuesday, November 28 at Great American Music Hall.

Back to her roots

Back to her roots

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Nov 21, 2017

A brick thrown from a window nearly ended Carmen Cusack's previous San Francisco appearance.

Chorus girl makes good

Chorus girl makes good

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Nov 21, 2017

If you're going to do one thing really well, and the show you're doing is "42nd Street," it had better be propulsive tap-dance routines.

Happily ever after - kinda, sorta

Happily ever after - kinda, sorta

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Nov 15, 2017

In "Le Switch," the thirtysomething David is a professor of library sciences who thinks of himself as a queer outlier.

Bedeviled bargaining

Bedeviled bargaining

  • by Richard Dodds
  • Nov 15, 2017

"Deal with the Dragon" at first seems a variation on Faustian bargains.