The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, a one-man show featuring James Lecesne as multiple characters, has an intriguing setup. Fourteen-year-old Leonard Pelkey has been reported missing, and detective Chuck DeSantis must figure out what happened to him. The search takes DeSantis around a small, unnamed Jersey Shore town,  ...

Walker Evans, photographer

Walker Evans (1903-1975), a quintessential 20th century U.S. photographer, is being celebrated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) with a retrospective exhibition of over 400 photographs, paintings, graphic ephemera and objects from Walker’s personal collection, including 300 fascinating black and white vintage photographs. Curated and displayed first  ...

Blasted

Those who think that the primary purpose of theatre is to provide a light and entertaining evening out should be aware that playwright Sarah Kane’s one-act drama, “Blasted” is anything but that. Rather, it is an intense, painful experience, full of violent horrific scenes that won’t be easily forgotten, even  ...

Alpha Mouse (World Premiere)

“Alpha Mouse” begins with a funeral formation of sorts with 13 dancers dressed in variations of black attire--men in black sport coats and ties, white shirts, women in black skirts and dresses—uniforms of the sexes. The procession walks in a fan-shaped configuration slowly, silently down stage. The bare stage is  ...

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

ACT’s new production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a long evening, with moments of poetry and power interlaced with periods of static and sluggishness. John Douglas Thompson is often mesmerizing as the Danish Prince Hamlet, and he is supported by a mostly skillful cast. Yet, despite ACT’s Artistic Director,  ...

“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Abridged)

Taylor Mac just hit the San Francisco Bay Area like a category five hurricane; surprising seasoned thespians, consummate drag queens, strung out performance artists, elite Stanford students, and, baby boomer culture vultures. Who could resist the shear force of Mac’s spellbinding “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”? There was just  ...

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

A middle-age man, who runs a seafood restaurant and drives a Buick in the Age of Aquarius, clumsily tries to join the sexual revolution in “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Barney Cashman (Phil Johnson, in a boffo performance) is the quintessential nice guy bored with his marriage and  ...

Head of Passes

What on earth does “Head of Passes” mean? Let us clear that up quickly. It is the mouth of the Mississippi River, a desolate wetland where the river breaks into three branches as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The sense of place permeates MacArthur Genius award winner, Tarell  ...

Ironbound

Numbers loom large in the life of an immigrant woman whose life comes up in the minus column in “Ironbound” at the Moxie Theatre. We first meet 42-year-old Darja (played by Jacque Wilke) at a bus stop in a threatening neighborhood in New Jersey. She’s going nowhere since  ...

2017 Emmys Live Blog

6:00pm – So, 10 minutes ago, some fashion knob on E! said that LITERALLY NOTHING is off-limits for Nicole Kidman on the red carpet…which, if he’s using English correctly, means she could LITERALLY arrive any minute stark naked, smeared in feces, with live rats on her head. Fingers crossed!  ...