Margaret Jenkins Dance Company

“The swirling winds, the fire, and the saved…” Michael Palmer A Mars-red sun stares at San Franciscans from a sky full of soot. Just miles away from the city another culture is going up in flames. The apocalyptic grey sky is palpable; a snow of ash is falling from  ...

Quixote: On the Conquest of Self

We are the authors of our own lives, mostly figuratively, but exceedingly literally in Writers Theatre’s energetic production of Mónica Hoth and Claudio Valdés Kuri’s Quixote: On the Conquest of Self, translated into English by Georgina Escobar and based on the classic novels written by Miguel de Cervantes in 1605  ...

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  ...