Theater

Stern Grove Festival organizers are planning to bring back the popular summer concert series — The Isley Brothers show in 2019 is pictured — with limited audience capacity. (Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

Indoor shows won’t be flooding SF stages soon but Stern Grove might be back in June

While San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that live performances may resume…

 

From left, Akaina Ghosh, Linda Girón and J Riley Jr. play Spirit Gods in Shotgun Players’ “Feel the Spirit.” (Courtesy Leannna Keyes)

‘Feel the Spirit’ explores challenges of faith during COVID

But Shotgun Players’ commission feels overlong and underdeveloped

 

Julia Brothers gives a touching performance in “I Was Right Here.” (Courtesy San Francisco Playhouse)

Julia Brothers captivates in ‘I Was Right Here’

‘Trouble in Mind’ a timely study of racism in theater

 

San Francisco publicist extraordinaire Charly Zukow, who’s retiring at the end of March, plans to garden, travel and visit with his grandchildren. <ins>(Courtesy Peter Prato)</ins>

Longtime theater publicist Charly Zukow takes a final bow

Pro credits success to being ‘honest and direct,’ giving ‘150 percent’

San Francisco publicist extraordinaire Charly Zukow, who’s retiring at the end of March, plans to garden, travel and visit with his grandchildren. <ins>(Courtesy Peter Prato)</ins>
San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre will become part of the U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group. <ins>(Courtesy Kyle Jeffers)</ins>

U.K. conglomerate acquires Golden Gate, Orpheum theaters

No immediate changes planned for Broadway SF programming

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre will become part of the U.K.-based Ambassador Theatre Group. <ins>(Courtesy Kyle Jeffers)</ins>
Pearl Teese performs on the pedestrian bridge during a video segment of the online fundraiser Chinatown Pride on March 25. (Courtesy Stephen Quinones)

LGBTQ, Asian folks unite for Chinatown Pride

Long overdue fundraiser supports communities with commonalities

Pearl Teese performs on the pedestrian bridge during a video segment of the online fundraiser Chinatown Pride on March 25. (Courtesy Stephen Quinones)
Lauren English-Clarke, left, and Susi Damilano appear in Remote Theater’s “The Art of Sacrifice,” streaming in encore performances from March 22-29. (Remote Theater screenshot)

Intriguing dramas explore parent-child relationships

Remote Theater presents ‘Art of Sacrifice,’ Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and SF Playhouse offer ‘Hieroglyph’

Lauren English-Clarke, left, and Susi Damilano appear in Remote Theater’s “The Art of Sacrifice,” streaming in encore performances from March 22-29. (Remote Theater screenshot)
The SFArtsED Players, including, from left, Kiera Gerstley, Solveig O’Neill, Tyler Winslow, Christopher Napolitano-Mehlhorn, Kyomi DallsKidd and Jayden Tamboury, appear in virtual performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” March 18 and 20 in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary season. (Courtesy Pete Belkin/San Francisco Arts Education Project)

Youth group presents virtual ‘Mattress’ for 20th anniversary show

SFArtsED Players appear in fairy-tale musical comedy at the drive-in

The SFArtsED Players, including, from left, Kiera Gerstley, Solveig O’Neill, Tyler Winslow, Christopher Napolitano-Mehlhorn, Kyomi DallsKidd and Jayden Tamboury, appear in virtual performances of “Once Upon a Mattress” March 18 and 20 in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary season. (Courtesy Pete Belkin/San Francisco Arts Education Project)
Colman Domingo is special guest at the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 2021 virtual fundraiser on March 13. 
Courtesy Danny Clinch

Colman Domingo recalls inspirational years in The City

Screen and stage actor, director, producer and writer joins SF Mime Troupe benefit

Colman Domingo is special guest at the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 2021 virtual fundraiser on March 13. 
Courtesy Danny Clinch
Jane Birkin’s new concept album is based on a 1992 movie about a feuding couple. 
Courtesy Nathaniel Goldberg

Jane Birkin brings her lovers’ quarrel to recording studio

Iconic singer-actress’ ‘Oh! Pardon’ moves from film and stage to album

Jane Birkin’s new concept album is based on a 1992 movie about a feuding couple. 
Courtesy Nathaniel Goldberg
Clockwise, from top left, Kacie Rogers, Romi Dias, Eden Malyn and Mary Beth Fisher appear in playwright Laurel Ollstein’s “Pandora,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and the Getty Villa Museum. (Screenshot)
Clockwise, from top left, Kacie Rogers, Romi Dias, Eden Malyn and Mary Beth Fisher appear in playwright Laurel Ollstein’s “Pandora,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and the Getty Villa Museum. (Screenshot)
The Drexler twins’ amusing new web series is called “The Simpleton’s Guide to Success.” (Courtesy photo)

Drexler twins debut ‘Simpleton’ mockumentary

Bay area siblings write, star in funny New York-set web series

The Drexler twins’ amusing new web series is called “The Simpleton’s Guide to Success.” (Courtesy photo)
Leticia Duarte, left, and Michelle Narrivato appeared in a Creative Corps production of “The Two Fridas” in Washington Square Park.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
Leticia Duarte, left, and Michelle Narrivato appeared in a Creative Corps production of “The Two Fridas” in Washington Square Park.<ins> (Courtesy photo)</ins>
William DeMeritt appears in Marin Theatre Co. and Round House Theatre’s timely production of “The Catastrophist.” (Courtesy Marin Theatre Co.)
William DeMeritt appears in Marin Theatre Co. and Round House Theatre’s timely production of “The Catastrophist.” (Courtesy Marin Theatre Co.)
Woody LaBounty, left, and David Gallagher started the Western Neighborhoods Project which has a Balboa Street office housing historical items and comprehensive website dedicated to the history of The City’s West side. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Outside Lands podcast delves into West side’s quirky past

History buffs Woody LaBounty and David Gallagher have been sharing fun stories about the Richmond and Sunset since 1998

Woody LaBounty, left, and David Gallagher started the Western Neighborhoods Project which has a Balboa Street office housing historical items and comprehensive website dedicated to the history of The City’s West side. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Michael Pavone plays nine characters in Cinnabar Theater’s virtual production of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”<ins> (Courtesy Cinnabar Theater)</ins>
Michael Pavone plays nine characters in Cinnabar Theater’s virtual production of “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”<ins> (Courtesy Cinnabar Theater)</ins>
From left, Diana Lauren Jones as Cordelia, Jessica Powell as King Lear, Ron Chapman as Duke of Burgundy and Yohana Ansari-Thomas as King of France appeared in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Free Shakespeare at Home production of “King Lear.” (Courtesy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival)

For Bay Area theaters, the show must go on

With stages shut, many troupes found new ways to tell stories in 2020

From left, Diana Lauren Jones as Cordelia, Jessica Powell as King Lear, Ron Chapman as Duke of Burgundy and Yohana Ansari-Thomas as King of France appeared in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 Free Shakespeare at Home production of “King Lear.” (Courtesy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival)
From left, Smuin performers Lauren Pschirrer, Brennan Wall and Tessa Barbour dance in Smuin’s “The Christmas Ballet,” the contemporary ballet troupe’s popular holiday show presented in three different online programs through Dec. 24. (Courtesy Ricardo Dyer)

Holiday events: Have yourself a streaming little Christmas

Pandemic-era shows offer holiday spirit to be enjoyed from home

From left, Smuin performers Lauren Pschirrer, Brennan Wall and Tessa Barbour dance in Smuin’s “The Christmas Ballet,” the contemporary ballet troupe’s popular holiday show presented in three different online programs through Dec. 24. (Courtesy Ricardo Dyer)
The Curran and Pomegranate Arts present performance artist Taylor Mac in “Holiday Sauce…. Pandemic!” <ins>(Courtesy Little Fang)</ins>
The Curran and Pomegranate Arts present performance artist Taylor Mac in “Holiday Sauce…. Pandemic!” <ins>(Courtesy Little Fang)</ins>
Leigh Rondon-Davis and Kenny Scott are excellent in Shotgun Players’ “The Light,” a visceral show offering a rush for the audience. (Courtesy Nailah Harper-Malveaux)

Shotgun Players’ ‘The Light’ an intense theatrical experience

Pear, Perspective theaters present a double-bill of solo shows

Leigh Rondon-Davis and Kenny Scott are excellent in Shotgun Players’ “The Light,” a visceral show offering a rush for the audience. (Courtesy Nailah Harper-Malveaux)