Performance

In ‘The Niceties,’ deep-rooted academic bias vividly on display

In The Niceties, playing online from Shotgun Theater, a Black student, Zoe (Regina Monique) at an unnamed elite Northeast university (clearly Yale given it’s in Connecticut) visits her white...

Too soon for COVID jokes? Shazia Mirza on Zoom comedy and life at home

Shazia Mirza has been making the most of quarantine. The award-winning British stand-up comedian and writer—best known for her show “The Kardashians Made Me Do It,” satirizing the real-life...

Reviving Pride’s protest origins, with ‘The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot’

Last year, the Tenderloin Museum hosted 22 sold-out performances of The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot. One of the writers, Donna Personna, saw about half of them, and she says she...

A 420 treat from ‘Sheesh & Schlong’

Some parks may have been crowded in San Francisco this weekend—but it wasn't with festive stoners celebrating 420. They're finding other ways to celebrate on this high holiday. (Instead, it...

Hunky Jesus rises again! (Blessedly online)

UPDATE: It looks like they are going to be releasing the photos and videos starting at 1pm at www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund and you can vote at www.instagram.com/sfsisters then.  One of the best things to...

Review: ‘Toni Stone’ hits a home run (and you can watch it on your couch)

Editor's Note: In the wake of its theaters shutting down, ACT is streaming its plays Gloria (reviewed here) and Toni Stone, reviewed below on opening night by Elaine. To...

In ‘Please Don’t Eat the Mangos,’ this Mami has secrets

When Wilma Bonet first read Ricardo Pérez González's script for the play Don’t Eat the Mangos (through March 22 at Magic Theatre), she liked it right away.  “First of all, it’s a story...

Can drag queens beat death? Find out in ‘Drag Becomes Her’

UPDATE: 'Drag Becomes Her' has been postponed.  There are approximately 800 miles separating Seattle and San Francisco’s drag scenes. What bridges them, says RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 winner and...

Review: Sketch comedy legends Culture Clash return—with big tío energy

In these incendiary political times, watching the three master sketch comedians of pioneering Latino troupe Culture Clash is like dipping your spoon into a warm, comforting bowl of menudo—although...

Review: ‘Gloria’ reveals what lurks beneath office culture’s bright lights

If you’ve ever worked in an office—and, face it, who hasn’t—the stage set for Gloria (through April 12 at ACT's Strand Theater) will feel very familiar to you. There’s...