Choreographers Smorgasbord, SF Ballet

Choreographers past and present were on display in two recent programs from San Francisco Ballet, and their defining styles (or lack thereof) gave audiences a broad canvas of talent and themes to contemplate. Program 2 (seen Feb. 27) opened  ...

The Merchant of Venice, San Diego

Michael Anderson and Krystel Lucas (foreground, left and right) in The Old Globe's "The Merchant of Venice"Photo by Michael Lamont ‘The Merchant of Venice’ By William ShakespeareDirected by Adrian NobleThe Old Globe, San DiegoJune 9 – Sept.  ...

Yes, Prime Minister, LA

Michael McKean in "Yes, Prime Minister" at the Geffen PlayhousePhoto by Michael Lamont ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ By Antony Jay and Jonathan LynnDirected by Jonathan LynnThe Geffen Playhouse, Los AngelesThrough July 14, 2013 Take wine, for example.  ...

George Gershwin Alone, Berkeley

‘George Gershwin Alone’ Book by Hershey FelderMusic and lyrics by George and Ira GershwinDirected by Joel ZwickBerkeley Repertory TheatreJune 8-July 7, 2013 It’s short and sweet and like some paradoxical party where everybody has a great  ...

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, LA

From left, Lloyd Pedersen, Evan L. Smith and Bert Emmett in "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me"Photo by Sherry Netherland ‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ By Frank McGuinnessDirected by Gregg T. DanielProduced by Laura CokerLonny Chapman Theatre, North  ...

Fallen Angels, Pasadena

­Pamela J. Gray (left) and Katie MacNichol in "Fallen Angels" at The Pasadena PlayhousePhoto by Jim Cox 'Fallen Angels' By Noel CowardDirected by Art MankeThe Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, Calif.Feb. 3-24, 2013 "Fallen Angels," written by Noel Coward in  ...

The Morini Strad, Burbank, Calif.

'The Morini Strad' Written by Willy HoltzmanDirected by Stephanie VlahosThe Colony Theatre Company, Burbank, Calif.Nov. 17 – Dec. 16, 2012 As Mariette Hartley bowed gracefully to a standing ovation at the curtain for “The Morini Strad,” I was  ...

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, La Jolla

Kimiko Glenn (center) with robots in La Jolla Playhouse's "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"Photo by Kevin Berne 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' Directed by Des McAnuff Music and lyrics by The Flaming Lips Story by Wayne Coyne and Des  ...

Royal Treasures from the Louvre, SF

Miniature portrait of Louis XIV by Laurent Tessier Montarsy. Oil painting, silver, and diamonds, ca. 17th century.©RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource NY/Jean-Gilles Berizzi ‘Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette’ Exhibiton of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre  ...

Seminar, LA

‘Seminar’ Written by Theresa RebeckDirected by Sam GoldAhmanson Theatre, Los AngelesPresented by Center Theatre GroupOct. 10-Nov. 18, 2012 Is there anyone out there unfamiliar with The New Yorker writer E.B. White’s famous remark about analyzing humor and dissecting  ...