Winter Arts: Theater Runs Hot This Winter

This winter, San Francisco theater is hot. Clubs feeling tame? Dancefloor leaving you cold? The city's playhouses, with refreshingly sexy, in-your-face fare this season, might just cure your ills, and with way more edification than you'd get from Ruby Skye.

Shit and Champagne

Jan. 17-Feb. 8, Rebel, shitandchampagne.eventbrite.com.

D'Arcy Drollinger
Mathu Anderson
D'Arcy Drollinger
Ubu Roi
Sarah Roland
Ubu Roi

Long before there was twerking, there was D'Arcy Drollinger, who, as a fixture of S.F.'s drag circuit, can work it with just a pair of lips and a wink. After long and highly successful stints performing Lindsay Lohan and Samantha from Sex and the City, Drollinger returns with a project with a bit more bite: "a Whitesploitation comedy with dance." There will be kung fu. There will be cans of whoop-ass. And there will be booty bumps. Just hope you don't get twerked too hard.

Ubu Roi

Jan. 24-Feb. 23, The Exit on Taylor, cuttingball.com.

Some plays take a whole scene to be provocative; Alfred Jarry's play, in its 1896 premiere, took only its first word (the French word for "shit"). Today, the play, a parody of Shakespeare's Macbeth, reads as vile and grotesque as ever while still serving as sly commentary on the corruption inherent in power. Cutting Ball's production, in a new translation by Rob Melrose, the Bay Area's most prolific translator of experimental classics, updates the script by setting it in an affluent American kitchen.

Hir

Jan. 29-Feb. 23, Magic Theatre, magictheatre.org.

When Taylor Mac last came to the Magic Theatre, with The Lily's Revenge in 2011, he upended our notions of theatrical time and space by performing a five-hour show throughout a substantial chunk of Fort Mason. That play made a case for gay marriage, and this one continues his interest in issues of sex and sexuality, with a character creating a third gender: the "hir" of the title. While Mac, an irrepressible performer, isn't appearing in this one, Nancy Opel, a Tony-nominated actress, is.

Mommy Queerest

Feb. 28-Mar. 29, Exit Theatre, brownpapertickets.com/event/547871.

San Francisco may be a locus for nontraditional families, but try this one on for size: a lesbian daughter who's coming out to a closeted lesbian mother. In this autobiographical solo show, performer Kat Evasco, under the direction of John Caldon, chronicles how her sexuality affects both her relationship with her mother as well as her identity as a Filipina Christian. Sound serious? It's also hysterical.

 
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