Program 3, SF Ballet

There’s something of a puppeteer at play in “Manifesto,” Myles Thatcher’s impressive new work for San Francisco Ballet. Dancers emerge airily from the wings, as if suspended from invisible strings, gliding in and out in patterns symmetrical or not, their  ...

Two Debuts in One ‘Giselle,’ SF Ballet

Like Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake,” the title role in “Giselle” requires not only technical mastery but also (and more crucially) the ability to create two distinct visions onstage. In “Giselle,” the duty is even more burdensome: unlike Odette/Odile in “Swan  ...

The Rise of ISIS, PBS Frontline

Sometimes a good documentary merely confirms what is generally feared to be true. But as any government official (or journalist) will acknowledge, confirmation is not an easy task. Layers of nuance and obfuscation have to be scrubbed away before the  ...

Partenope, SF Opera

Near the end of Act I of this decidedly comic British production of “Partenope,” in its company premiere at San Francisco Opera, a breeze wafts through an open window, billowing the diaphanous curtain in seductive swirls. That undulating fabric is  ...

The Trouble with Antibiotics, PBS Frontline

While America frets over a potential Ebola outbreak in Texas, another crisis already plagues the country's health-care system: bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics are cropping up in hospitals nationwide. These superbugs infect more than 2 million patients annually,  ...

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  ...