.Theater & Performance

Apr 9, 2024

Labor Legacy Honored in Filipino-American Play

In its nearly 40-year history, Brava for Women in the Arts has never before met a more perfect match than with Larry the Musical. The San Francisco-based arts organization is devoted to amplifying the stories and voices of women, LGBTQIA and underrepresented people of color.  Their latest staged production is...
‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch'
Nov 14, 2023

‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

The cult musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, had its off-Broadway premiere 25 years ago. Written by John Cameron Mitchell, with lyrics and music by Stephen Trask, the show at that time offered a radical take on...
World of Words
Oct 24, 2023

World of Words

New York-based playwright Eisa Davis is drunk on words. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say she is enamored with language, as in “rarely, if ever, meets a word she cannot love.” With her Pulitzer Prize-finalist play,...
Yes, And Wine!
Oct 11, 2023

Yes, And Wine!

Trying something new can be intimidating for most everyone. As parents nudge or sometimes pressure their children to try out a dance class, participate in a summer camp or try something new, it can be somewhat hypocritical—as...
Jul 14, 2021

One Voice, One Mic: Alameda’s only comedy club comes roaring back with laughter

For our West Alameda Spotlight, Lou Fancher shines on the Alameda Comedy Club, the only comedy club in Alameda, and owners Patrick Ford and Lori Theis as they reopen their doors and invite laughter back into our lives.
Dec 9, 2020

Radio Days

Riding a crazy Covid-19 carousel to reach production, Contra Costa Civic Theater has managed to remount last season’s big hit, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The El Cerrito-based theater company’s virtual telling of the...
Apr 9, 2019

Actually May Be More Relevant Today Than it Was in 2017

Ella Dershowitz and Michael A. Curry in Anna Ziegler’s Actually, directed by Tracy Ward. Credits: Photo by David Allen No one sees Anna Ziegler's play, Actually, alone. Presented through May 5 in Aurora Theatre's intimate Harry's Upstage venue, unconscious...
Jan 23, 2019

‘Paradise Square’ Dreams Big

Jason Oremus and Jacobi Hall dance in Paradise Square. Credits: Photo courtesy of Berkeley Rep If the potent manifesto and all-star talent behind the scenes and onstage in Paradise Square don’t cause your pulse to spike with yearning for...
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