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.
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?!"
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In response to burgeoning interest in revitalizing the Mid-Market section of SF and out of a desire to showcase the process of developing young artists, A.C.T. has decided to create a new performance venue in the front room of our costume shop.