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X's and O's: America's Obsession With Football at Berkeley Rep

Carla Escoda | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Ballet to the People came equipped to X's and O's, the Berkeley Rep world première of a play about violence in American football: she brought an interpreter, a former quarterback from the great state of Texas, to the docudrama subtitled, with gentle irony, A Football Love Story.

Drag Race Star Alaska: Sharon Needles Breakup Still Leads to Awkward Moments

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 09.27.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Their relationship is more than six months in the past, Thunderfuck stated. Still, new viewers are continually introduced to the relationship as Seasons 4 and 5 live on in global reruns. This has led to some uncomfortable situations for the star.

Arab Love Arab Freedom: One Woman Muses

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.16.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Is it possible that art is more than personal experience? If you recognize that your voice contains all the voices that came before you, then you will...

It's Basically A Feminism Party (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.30.2014 | Arts

Young Jean Lee, a playwright known for her unusual tactic of choosing the "worst idea possible" and running with it, has created a piece based on what...

Pushing the Envelope

George Heymont | Posted 02.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Many claim that theater holds a mirror up to society. But all too often, when society gets a look at its reflection, the results are not pretty.

The Golden Girls: Drag Ensemble's Holiday Show Adds Sizzle To A TV Classic

Greg Archer | Posted 02.03.2014 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

The gals return with all-new "episodes." Before the world insisted on Facebook friends, we settled for quality one-on-one time. Or, at the very lea...

A Veteran Returns to Domestic Strife in Hilarious Dead Metaphor at ACT

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.12.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Comedy rarely takes blacker form than it does in George F. Walker's Dead Metaphor. At the same time, the pursuit of laughs rarely takes more timely, absurd and hilarious form than it does in this world premiere being staged by American Conservatory Theater.

Golden Girls, Trannyshack Style

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 02.17.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

I am a huge Golden Girls fan. The ladies were crass, brass and full of sass. When I heard that Trannyshack was putting on their version of the sitcom, I thought, "Who better to bring these over-the-top old ladies back than four fabulously talented Queens?!"

WATCH: John Waters' Crazy PSA For America's Oldest Movie Theater

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.16.2012 | San Francisco

Filmmaker John Waters has never been one to sugarcoat his message. And his recent public service announcement for San Francisco's Roxie Theater fundra...

Lively, Versatile Performances Carry Thornton Wilder One-acts at Aurora

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.12.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

In the late 1950s Thornton Wilder started a project that was to become a series of short plays depicting the fabled Seven Ages of Man. The first two works, Infancy and Childhood, sparkle on Aurora Theatre's intimate stage in Berkeley.

Olympia Dukakis: Role in A.C.T.'s Elektra Is Downright Riveting

Greg Archer | Posted 10.31.2012 | San Francisco
Greg Archer

Olympia Dukakis returns to San Francisco in ACT's ambitious production of Sophocles' Elektra. The show chronicles the seemingly inescapable depths into which its lead character plunges as she grapples with love and revenge.

Berkeley Rep's An Iliad Transforms an Ancient Tale Into Timeless Drama

Leo Stutzin | Posted 12.22.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

One actor, roaming a stage that is nearly bare; one musician, lodged in a tiny balcony overlooking the performance space; a torrent of words -- some ferocious, some tranquil -- that recount events which may have taken place some 3,200 years ago.

How to Connect the Tribes?

Carey Perloff | Posted 12.16.2012 | Arts
Carey Perloff

If the arts in San Francisco go under, there is far less incentive for startups and tech companies to relocate here. Let's not make the assumption that the success of the tech industry is unique and separate from the rest of the city.

PHOTOS: Local Landmark Celebrates Huge Birthday

Robin Wilkey | Posted 08.05.2012 | San Francisco

Whether it was the "Wizard of Oz" sing-alongs that did it, the organ concerts, the Rachel Maddow conversation or the emotional "Milk" premiere, every ...

The Thrillpeddlers Talk Revolution in Marat/Sade

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 09.17.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

The past helps us understand the present, and what better way to do that than through theater? Marat/Sade, on view now at Brava Theatre, is a story of class wars and revolution, remarkably close to our current world.

Inner City Rhythms and Blues

George Heymont | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

As the cast of Tenderloin brings the show's characters to life, the nervous energy that is often found outside the theatre starts to seep inside its walls.

PHOTOS: Art And Theater Coming Soon To Your Lunch Break

Robin Wilkey | Posted 05.11.2012 | San Francisco

No one said the mayor's job was easy. And working through the hurdles of his extensive Central Market Economic Strategy, a tireless effort to revitali...

Hot Greeks: Campy Entertainment at Its Finest

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.20.2012 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

If you ever wondered what college would be like in the time of the Greeks, the ThrillPeddlers give you a very funny look at it in Hot Greeks at the Hypnodrome Theatre.

Aurora Repolishes a 19th Century Gem in Schnitzler's Lively Anatol

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.16.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Anatol, a play by Arthur Schnitzler, is receiving a lively, whimsical resurrection at Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

'Maple and Vine' Offers Breezy Journey to a Less-than-idyllic Time

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.10.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

If you're sick and tired of today's rat race, just step right back into 1955. In Maple and Vine, the breezy fantasy that's earning loads of laughs, that's more than a dream. It's a possibility.

Berkeley Rep's Red: A Vivid Portrait of an Artist as an Anguished Genius

Leo Stutzin | Posted 05.28.2012 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Mark Rothko's biography provides the grist for high drama. He struggled with personal and artistic torments throughout his adult life before committing suicide at the age of 66. Red is the powerful exploration of the mind and methods of the artist.

Queens for a Day

George Heymont | Posted 05.23.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

I recently attended the GuyWriters Theatre Company's production of seven short comedies under the umbrella title Eat Our Shorts 4 -- Love And Other Disasters. It was one of the funniest evenings of gay theater I've seen in years.

'Genuine Black Man' Brian Copeland Waits For His Gun

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.06.2012 | Arts
Erika Milvy

2012-03-06-briancopelandSMALL.jpg Eight years ago, Brian Copeland debuted his one man play, Not a Genuine Black Man at The Marsh Theater in San Francisco. A six-week run became the longest running solo show in the city's history.

John Fisher's SexRev -- Transforming Biography Into Farce

George Heymont | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
George Heymont


PHOTOS, VIDEO: Haiku Reviews: From Braque To Bach

Posted 11.19.2011 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a biweekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tradit...