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Calendar, Night&Day Highway Fraternity

Highway Fraternity

In many ways, Road Show tells the story of the American Dream. The musical, written by three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim, follows two brothers who crisscross the USA and Canada in search of riches, adventure, and success.…
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Calendar, Night&Day When Saints Come Out

When Saints Come Out

The mission of Theatre Rhinoceros has long been to produce gay theater that doesn’t simplify complex issues — or, in the words of Artistic Director John Fisher, doesn’t “put a warm and fuzzy blanket over gay people.” In that spirit,…
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Culture, Stage "Food Stories": Feast on Word For Word's Gourmet One-Acts

"Food Stories": Feast on Word For Word's Gourmet One-Acts

It's about time someone staged a play that revealed critics for what they truly are: sexy. Granted, the critic in Sorry Fugu, the first of two short Food Stories, a Word For Word production now at Z Space, isn't a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Two Far Gone

Two Far Gone

“Tennessee Williams has outdone himself.” That's hard to fathom. Consider the sexual tension, violence, and outright denial of A Streetcar Named Desire. Consider the years of blatant family dysfunction and sexual repression operating on multiple levels in Cat on a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Before Harvey's Time

Before Harvey's Time

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay elected politician in the nation, but he wasn't the first openly gay person to run for office. In 1961, more than a decade before Milk's election, Jose Sarria ran for supervisor in San…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hiding in Uniform

Hiding in Uniform

About a decade ago, John Fisher reopened an old case, theatrically speaking. He wrote, directed, and acted in Combat!, a play about two gay U.S. Marines in World War II who survived the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Love Underground

Love Underground

Don’t ask, don’t tell. It’s a modern-day policy (albeit rescinded) that fits the modern-day acknowledgment that queer people do, in fact, serve in the military. For decades it was flat-out denied — and punishable by immediate discharge — but only…
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Culture, Encore

More Theater Reviews

Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Theatre Rhinoceros' award-winning artistic director, John Fisher, is ambitious and rather prolific. Not only did he direct and star in this three-plus-hour adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, he also wrote it. It's…
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Culture, Stagecap

"Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray": Theater Review

Theatre Rhinoceros' award-winning artistic director, John Fisher, is ambitious and rather prolific. Not only did he direct and star in this three-plus-hour adaptation of Oscar Wilde's only novel, he also wrote it. It's impressive in many areas (costumes, acting, commitment),…
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Calendar, Night&Day Prim, Proper, Gay

Prim, Proper, Gay

The term itself is funny: Boston Marriage is code for "lady homosexuals," and it dates from the 19th century. Those who wish gayness didn't exist tend to stress that the term "may" mean two women living independently "of any male…
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Calendar, Night&Day Don't Get In The Way

Don't Get In The Way

Back in 1977, Allan B. Estes Jr. helped produce one of San Francisco's earliest examples of queer theater, The West Street Gang, staged at the Black and Blue, an iconic South of Market leather bar. Appropriately, the play (written by…
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Culture, Stagecap

Special Forces

From the outset it appears Special Forces wants to be taken seriously as a gritty modern-day war drama about a group of soldiers on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. It's set in Kuwait City in the middle of Operation…
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Culture, Stage Flirting With the Times

Flirting With the Times

"There is a disease to which plays as well as men become liable with advancing years," wrote George Bernard Shaw in the preface to his early comedy The Philanderer (1893). "In men it is called doting, in plays dating. The…
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Culture, Stage

Not About Nightingales

From allegations of misconduct against prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo to the approval of Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest plan to overhaul California's penitentiaries, the U.S. prison system is coming under more scrutiny these days than it has for…
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Culture, Encore Encore

Encore

The Man Who Came to Dinner. Fat snob Sheridan Whiteside falls on ice outside a home in a small Ohio town, breaks his hip (or something), and stays, not just for dinner, but for a whole week, barking at the…
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Culture, Stage Dining Out

Dining Out

Stage critics are notorious louts. We say rude things; we don't dress up for opening night. Most of us make embarrassing dinner guests. But Alexander Woollcott -- the fat snob who covered theater for the New York World in the…
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Culture, Stage

"Single Spies"

The high point of "Single Spies," a pair of plays by Alan Bennett receiving an American premiere at the Rhino, is a chance meeting, in A Question of Attribution, between Sir Anthony Blunt and the queen of England. Blunt is…
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Calendar, Night&Day Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

There's nothing like a night at the opera -- shelling out hundreds of dollars on tickets, wearing uncomfortable clothes, listening to vocalists sing in a language you don't understand for hours on end. But Golden Gate Opera is working to…
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Culture, Stage

Queer Theory

Dr. Jeff Webster is an arrogant, gay professor of "queer theory" at a prominent West Coast university who harbors a prejudice against transsexuals until a bizarre condition of the gonads turns him, abruptly, into a woman. He calls his biological…
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Culture, Stage

Cleopatra, the Musical

Is John Fisher trying to see how much half-baked silliness he can pass off before people get wise? Cleopatra, the Musical, his parody of just about everything written or filmed about Caesar and the Nile queen, has all the camp…
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