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'A Chorus Line' — SF Playhouse's production is a singular sensation

'A Chorus Line' — SF Playhouse's production is a singular sensation

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 11, 2023

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "A Chorus Line" is given a rousing, emotional and strong new life at San Francisco Playhouse.

'Out of Character' at Berkeley Rep: Ari'el Stachel's frankly unfinished yet fascinating story

'Out of Character' at Berkeley Rep: Ari'el Stachel's frankly unfinished yet fascinating story

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jul 4, 2023

Ari'el Stachel reveals much about himself in "Out of Character," his one-man theatrical memoir, directed by Tony Taccone in its debut production at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Vive la différence! — Queer actors of color in "Les Misérables" at the Orpheum

Vive la différence! — Queer actors of color in "Les Misérables" at the Orpheum

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 27, 2023

Haley Dortch plays Fantine in the latest touring production of "Les Miserables," which opens at the Orpheum Theater on July 5. Christine Heesun Hwang is also in the cast, playing Éponine.

Atomic Comic: Sara Toby Moore's 'human cartoon fantasia'

Atomic Comic: Sara Toby Moore's 'human cartoon fantasia'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 27, 2023

Sara Toby Moore is the writer and star of "Atomic Comic: a Human Cartoon Fantasia," which will perform at Z Space from June 30 through July 8. It's a show rife with humor while dealing with some very serious topics.

'In the Evening by the Moonlight' — Lorraine Hansberry Theatre brings its namesake to life

'In the Evening by the Moonlight' — Lorraine Hansberry Theatre brings its namesake to life

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 20, 2023

Now at Fort Mason in a premiere production by Lorraine Hansberry's namesake theater company, Traci Tolmaire's drama imagines a single night of spiky conversation between the "Raisin In The Sun" playwright, singer Nina Simone and author James Baldwin.

Going Out, June 15-23, 2023

Going Out, June 15-23, 2023

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 14, 2023

With so many LGBTQ events taking place, you might feel a bit of rainbow overload. But never fear. We've got arts and nightlife events carefully selected, so you can plan your gay agenda, every week right here.

Director Lear deBessonet on "Into the Woods"

Director Lear deBessonet on "Into the Woods"

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 13, 2023

The director of the new production of the 1987 musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, playing a limited engagement at the Curran Theater next week, discusses the timeless themes in the hit musical.

Tuning in to the Tony Awards

Tuning in to the Tony Awards

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Jun 6, 2023

In anticipation of the 76th annual Tony Awards, out theater critic traveled to New York last week to see some of the nominated productions and performances.

Fresh Meat Festival: a celebration of queer and trans performance

Fresh Meat Festival: a celebration of queer and trans performance

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 6, 2023

For the past three years the Fresh Meat Festival has conducted its annual performances online. The festival returns to performing live and in person.

Fathers figure: Andrew Pearson's 'Abbale'

Fathers figure: Andrew Pearson's 'Abbale'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 6, 2023

The word 'abbale' is the Hebrew word for father. It's a word that means a lot to dancer-choreographer Andrew Pearson. His show, titled "Abbale," will be performing at the ODC Theater June 15-18.

Circus Center's 'The Secret Garden' - tumbling with acrobatic designer Evan Tomlinson Weintraub

Circus Center's 'The Secret Garden' - tumbling with acrobatic designer Evan Tomlinson Weintraub

  • by Mark Willian Norby
  • Jun 6, 2023

San Francisco Circus Center's upcoming productions of "The Secret Garden" will recreate the classic children's book through acrobatic storytelling, designed by longtime circus artist Evan Tomlinson Weintraub.

Gina Yashere: the 'woman king of comedy' returns

Gina Yashere: the 'woman king of comedy' returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jun 6, 2023

On Saturday June 17, British comic Gina Yashere returns to San Francisco with her new show, "The Woman King of Comedy."

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

The Wiz, kids: Director Sam Pinkleton rethinks Oz for the stage

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • May 30, 2023

We're off to see...the movie? That's the question that's been cycloning around my mind ever since last April, when American Conservatory Theater first announced its planned production of "The Wizard of Oz," now in previews with opening night June 7.

Summer in The City: music, dance, and theatre around the Bay Area

Summer in The City: music, dance, and theatre around the Bay Area

  • by Philip Mayard
  • May 30, 2023

From unique interpretations of classic plays and musicals, to fusion music concerts and site-specific performances, summer performing arts experiences offer a chance to immerse yourself in the spirit and energy of San Francisco.