Theater

Mr. In-Between

John Fisher's adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray casts bright light on murky morals

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The final act

FALL ARTS: Bay Area stages cover the gulf and cruise the outer limits this fall
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New and improv-ed

San Francisco Improv Festival returns to link past and future

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The launching of the San Francisco Improv Festival, back in 2004, signaled a major resurgence for improvisational theater in the Bay Area, long dominated by the exceptional BATS (Bay Area Theatre Sports) and related groups, but recently joined by a host of newer outfits as well. The rollicking festival attracted eager audiences, while bringing together a somewhat disparate local and intergenerational community of improvisers with national and even international acts. Read more »

Put on a happy face

Paul Rudnick's tonics for gay solemnity lack fizz at New Conservatory

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THEATER Twenty-first-century post-9/11 gay America doesn't get a makeover in Paul Rudnick's new collection of short plays, it goes out for one. Rudnick (The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told; Valhalla) surveys the state of the gay nation through four small, broadly comical vignettes in three far-flung American locales — all slouching toward Manhattan — and finds it taking itself and everything else far too seriously. Read more »

Deep red bells

Crowded Fire premieres Enrique Urueta's "psycho-Southern queer country dance tragedy"

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A few months ago, Impact Theater premiered Enrique Urueta's Learn to Be Latina, a raucous satire of market-driven multiculturalism that pivoted on the ethnic dos-and-don'ts of the music industry. That production only partly prepares one for Crowded Fire's premiere of the Bay Area playwright's latest effort, Forever Never Comes. Read more »

Sexy, seedy, comical

Capitalism is a wild ride in The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry
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Butoh, and beyond

San Francisco International Arts Festival: theater highlights

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I was just in Baltimore for a conference on the New Drama movement in Russia — not so much a movement, as it turns out, as a new and diverse post-Soviet generation of theater artists carrying forward, reassessing and reinventing the form. The work on display over an eventful weekend was quite varied and, on the whole, an intriguing sampling of the restive theatrical activity being generated under the New Drama label. The take-home point: Russia is a hotbed of serious work to which attention should be paid.Read more »

Are you experienced?

Theatre Rhinoceros mounts Sexrev: The José Sarria Experience

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THEATER José Sarria is many things: performer, activist, trailblazer, legend, Latino, diva, tenor ... So just how many José Sarrias are there? In the latest meta-theatrical reclamation-and-floorshow from playwright-director John Fisher (Medea: The Musical, Combat; Ishi: The Last of the Yahi) you'll meet several but get no strict count. Read more »

Happy returns

ACT mounts Morris Panych's likeable Vigil

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There be more

Dan Carbone reclaims the Dark Room's late-night stage with wild fits of storytelling and subconscious reverie

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THEATER I don't know from reclaiming rituals, but when I saw the gangling guy in the deer mask and beige unitard prancing around the stage once more, I knew the vernal equinox could not be far behind. Herald of this new season is none other than writer-performer Dan Carbone, a long-cherished and uniquely committed Bay Area talent who remarkably has eluded actually being committed. Read more »