Arts & Culture :: Theater

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

San Francisco Ballet's two dramatic mixed bills, through Feb. 13

  • by Paul Parish
  • Feb 8, 2022

San Francisco Ballet is back in the Opera House, looking strong, with two very different yet captivating programs of premieres and repertory works by choreographers Helgi Tomasson, Cathy Marston, William Forsythe, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

Zaccho Dance Theatre: finding a 'state of grace'

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 8, 2022

Zaccho Dance Theatre's long-delayed site-specific performance installation brings an aerial, ethereal new breath to the spiritual haven of Grace Cathedral.

Billy Porter's memoir 'Unprotected' - Broadway & TV actor's life story

Billy Porter's memoir 'Unprotected' - Broadway & TV actor's life story

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 1, 2022

After reading 'Unprotected,' Porter's frank, blunt, raw memoir, no one can ever accuse him of dissembling on a 30-year rocky circuitous journey to reach his current level of fame.

'Swept Away' - Avett Brothers' musical sets sail at Berkeley Rep

'Swept Away' - Avett Brothers' musical sets sail at Berkeley Rep

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Feb 1, 2022

There are sparkling bits of beauty bobbing on the surface, and treasures that one hopes will eventually be salvaged, in 'Swept Away,' an earnest, engrossing new musical with songs by the Avett Brothers now in its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 28-Feb.4, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In, Jan. 28-Feb.4, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 27, 2022

The ins & outs and ups & downs of scheduling changes for arts and nightlife events are certainly keeping us on our toes, but we'll try to keep up with happenings around the Bay Area this week. If you're making plans, call ahead or check venues' websites.

Brian Hutchison's gay noir audio tale

Brian Hutchison's gay noir audio tale

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jan 25, 2022

'I Still Think About You,' a dark film noir-styled podcast done as a dramatic reading, is the new work of 'Boys in the Band' actor Brian Hutchison, with several of his actor friends in supporting roles.

Karen Mason lets the music play

Karen Mason lets the music play

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jan 25, 2022

If you've ever listened to a Karen Mason album or been fortunate enough to attend one of her concerts, (or saw her on Broadway), you will be blown away by her interpretive skills, and the ease with which she makes even the best-known songs all her own.

Making a pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Zellerbach Hall

Making a pointe: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to Zellerbach Hall

  • by Philip Mayard
  • Jan 25, 2022

Dancer Joshua Thake's life journey has brought him from rural Massachusetts to some of the world's most revered stages as a member of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the celebrated all-male drag ballet troupe.

Going Out, Homing's In Jan. 21-28, 2022

Going Out, Homing's In Jan. 21-28, 2022

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 20, 2022

This is your arts and nightlife captain; please stand by as we navigate through abrupt closings, postponements —and even a few openings— around the Bay Area this week.

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.