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An exhibition about rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker remains on view at the recently reopened the GLBT Historical Society Museum in The Castro. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Castro museum reopens its door to LGBTQ history

GLBT Historical Society archives remain closed, but public is welcome back

An exhibition about rainbow flag creator Gilbert Baker remains on view at the recently reopened the GLBT Historical Society Museum in The Castro. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz’s surreal show “you & me” will be live streamed from the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose on Monday and Tuesday.                                 Courtesy Marco Hartmann/Mummenschanz

Most shows not going on in Bay Area and beyond

Some local troupes offering live-streaming alternatives

Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz’s surreal show “you & me” will be live streamed from the Hammer Theatre Center in San Jose on Monday and Tuesday.                                 Courtesy Marco Hartmann/Mummenschanz
Singer-actress Keala Settle appears in conversation and song at the Herbst Theatre on March 15. (Courtesy photo)

Keala Settle lives the greatest showman’s rule

Singer overcomes fears with success of ‘This Is Me’

Singer-actress Keala Settle appears in conversation and song at the Herbst Theatre on March 15. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Jared Corbin, Melanie Arii Mah and Martha Brigham are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “Gloria.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Comedy, tragedy and lived experience explode in ‘Gloria’

Playwright Jacobs-Jenkins asks pointed questions about telling, and owning, stories

From left, Jared Corbin, Melanie Arii Mah and Martha Brigham are excellent in American Conservatory Theater’s production of “Gloria.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
The underwater world of “The SpongeBob Musical,” onstage at the Golden Gate Theatre, is a colorful place. (Courtesy Jeremy Daniel)

Soak up some fun at ‘The SpongeBob Musical’

Cartoon comes to life onstage with great cast, design, tunes

The underwater world of “The SpongeBob Musical,” onstage at the Golden Gate Theatre, is a colorful place. (Courtesy Jeremy Daniel)
From left, James Carpenter, Anne Darragh and Julie Eccles appear in “The Children” at Aurora Theatre Company. (Courtesy Kevin Berne).

Senior scientists reunite post-nuclear disaster in ‘The Children’

Aurora stages West Coast premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s drama about love and responsibility

From left, James Carpenter, Anne Darragh and Julie Eccles appear in “The Children” at Aurora Theatre Company. (Courtesy Kevin Berne).
Justin Katz, left, and Mike Gaines originated The Edwardian Ball, running Jan. 24-25 at the Regency Ballroom. (Courtesy Marco Sanchez)

Edwardian Ball welcomes guests of all stripes

At 20 years, epoch bash is wild, warm and welcoming

Justin Katz, left, and Mike Gaines originated The Edwardian Ball, running Jan. 24-25 at the Regency Ballroom. (Courtesy Marco Sanchez)
LaChaze brings her semi-autobiographical cabaret act to The City. (Courtesy photo)

Tony winner LaChanze is ‘Feeling Good’

Broadway star makes SF Bay Area Cabaret debut

LaChaze brings her semi-autobiographical cabaret act to The City. (Courtesy photo)
From left, Amy Meyers, Cheryl Smith, Alison Whismore and Christine Macomber appear in “This Side of Crazy” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. (Courtesy Lois Tema)

‘This Side of Crazy’ needs tightening

NCTC premieres Del Shores’ less sordid, too long saga

From left, Amy Meyers, Cheryl Smith, Alison Whismore and Christine Macomber appear in “This Side of Crazy” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. (Courtesy Lois Tema)
American Conservatory Theater’s “Top Girls” features (top row, from left) Monique Hafen Adams, Lily Harris, Michelle Beck, Julia McNeal, Summer Brown, Monica Lin and Rosie Hallett; and, kneeling, from left, Gabriella Momah and Nafeesa Monroe. (Courtesy Robert Sokol, BAYSTAGES)

ACT’s ‘Top Girls’ leads local Caryl Churchill revival

Production offers new take on 1982 award-winner

American Conservatory Theater’s “Top Girls” features (top row, from left) Monique Hafen Adams, Lily Harris, Michelle Beck, Julia McNeal, Summer Brown, Monica Lin and Rosie Hallett; and, kneeling, from left, Gabriella Momah and Nafeesa Monroe. (Courtesy Robert Sokol, BAYSTAGES)
Tovah Feldshuh’s cabaret act offers a peek of “The Queen of Mean,” a musical about Leona Helmsley. (Courtesy photo)

Tovah Feldshuh brings Leona Helmsley to life

‘Walking Dead’ actress previews musical about Queen of Mean

Tovah Feldshuh’s cabaret act offers a peek of “The Queen of Mean,” a musical about Leona Helmsley. (Courtesy photo)
Ray of Light Theatre’s production of “Caroline, or Change,” features, from left, Elizabeth Jones, Cadarious Mayberry and Majesty Scott as The Radio; Jasmyne Brice in the title role; Anthone Jackson as The Dryer and Leslie Ivy as The Washing Machine. (Courtesy Nick Otto)

‘Caroline’ needs change

Ambitious Ray of Light production suffers from sound challenges

Ray of Light Theatre’s production of “Caroline, or Change,” features, from left, Elizabeth Jones, Cadarious Mayberry and Majesty Scott as The Radio; Jasmyne Brice in the title role; Anthone Jackson as The Dryer and Leslie Ivy as The Washing Machine. (Courtesy Nick Otto)
Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Francis Turnly’s “The Great Wave.” (Courtesy Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

‘Great Wave’ playwright wants to wash away stereotypes

Francis Turnly’s drama touches on Japanese, North Korean relations

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Francis Turnly’s “The Great Wave.” (Courtesy Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
The national tour of “Anastasia” at the Golden Gate Theatre features the funny Edward Staudenmayer as Vlad and Tari Kelly as Countless Lily, center, and an excellent ensemble. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy/Murphymade)

Sumptuous ‘Anastasia’ retells historical myth

National tour boasts great sets and supporting characters

The national tour of “Anastasia” at the Golden Gate Theatre features the funny Edward Staudenmayer as Vlad and Tari Kelly as Countless Lily, center, and an excellent ensemble. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy/Murphymade)
A Theatre Near U’s “Guppy,” a comedy about the big man on a high school campus, is onstage at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Rob Wilen)

New musical ‘Guppy’ bravely swims upstream

A Theatre Near U performers show spirit

A Theatre Near U’s “Guppy,” a comedy about the big man on a high school campus, is onstage at Fort Mason. (Courtesy Rob Wilen)
Leontyne Mbele-Mbong and Adrian Roberts appear in African-American Shakespeare Company’s contemporary interpretation of “Macbeth.” (Courtesy Joseph Giammarco)

African-American Shakespeare Co. sharpens Macbeth’s dagger

Modern translation of classic tragedy resonates

Leontyne Mbele-Mbong and Adrian Roberts appear in African-American Shakespeare Company’s contemporary interpretation of “Macbeth.” (Courtesy Joseph Giammarco)
Jomar Tagatac, left, and Adrienne Kaori Walters, foreground — along with, background, from left, Elena Wright, Francis Jue and Emily Kuroda — appear in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The Language Archive.” (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)

Sweet, loving words spoken in ‘Language Archive’

TheatreWorks mines comedy in quirky Julia Cho script

Jomar Tagatac, left, and Adrienne Kaori Walters, foreground — along with, background, from left, Elena Wright, Francis Jue and Emily Kuroda — appear in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s production of “The Language Archive.” (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)
From left, Jeremy Kahn, Stephen Stocking, Scott Coopwood and Adam Shonkwiler appear in “Archduke,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Mountain View. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

TheatreWorks wins Tony, opens Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Archduke”

South Bay troupe celebrates 50 years with regional award, premiere

From left, Jeremy Kahn, Stephen Stocking, Scott Coopwood and Adam Shonkwiler appear in “Archduke,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in Mountain View. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
From left, Angelica Beliard, Zachary Infante, Yani Marin, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Chad Carstarphen, Joél Pérez, Jesús E. Martínez, Desiree Rodriguez, KC de la Cruz and Richard Henry Ruiz appear in in “Kiss My Aztec!” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Alessandra Mello/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

‘Kiss My Aztec’ turns the historical hysterical

Berkeley Rep Mesoamerica-set premiere cheerily takes on colonialism

From left, Angelica Beliard, Zachary Infante, Yani Marin, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Chad Carstarphen, Joél Pérez, Jesús E. Martínez, Desiree Rodriguez, KC de la Cruz and Richard Henry Ruiz appear in in “Kiss My Aztec!” at Berkeley Rep. (Courtesy Alessandra Mello/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
Berenger (David Breitbarth) watches a rhinoceros in Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” presented by American Conservatory Theater. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

ACT’s ‘Rhinoceros’ director doesn’t strive for creature comforts

Frank Galati calls Ionesco classic ‘a philosophical romp’

Berenger (David Breitbarth) watches a rhinoceros in Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” presented by American Conservatory Theater. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)