all wear bowlers

(l to r) Trey Lyford and Geoff Sobelle star in all wear bowlers, a hilarious, vaudeville hit at Berkeley Rep for the holidays. Photographer: Greg Costanzo So, who wears a bowler? Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello – right?  ...

Opera, La Damnation de Faust, Metroplitan Opera, NYC- culturevulture.net – review

Dramatic legend in four parts by Hector Berlioz Libretto by Almire Gandonnière and Berlioz Metropolitan Opera, New York City through December 4, 2008 James Levine, conductor Robert Lepage, director http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/production.aspx?id=9929 video preview: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/features/detail.aspx?id=5792 Near the end of the first half  ...

La Cenerentola

Cinderella (Joyce DiDonato) meets Dandini (Earle Patriarco) who is disguised as the Prince. Photo by Brett Coomer Cinderella may be an old-as-the-hills tale, but when the famed Barcelona theater company known simply as Els Comediants got a hold of  ...

Boris Godunov, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

Opera in seven scenes by Modest Mussorgsky Libretto by Mussorgsky San Francisco Opera October 22-November 15, 2008 Vassily Sinaisky, conductor Julia Pevzner, director http://sfopera.com/o/268.asp If you’re going to have hordes of peasants in an opera, you have to give them  ...

Carmina Burana – review

Ballet: Carmina Burana Choreographer: Stanton Welch Dancer(s): Amy Fote and Connor Walsh Photographer: Drew Donovan Houston Ballet Jubilee of Dance: A Celebration of Movement December 1, 2006 Houston Ballet throws an on-stage dance bash  ...

Lyon Opera Ballet- review

The Lyon Opera Ballet made it convenient for West Coast audiences to sample the works of three of the most prominent choreographers in Europe today, all of them women. Appearing on a Cal Performances engagement at Zellerbach Hall, in Berkeley,  ...

Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Company – review

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco February 9-10, 2007 Denied their drums, enslaved Africans in the Americas reinvent- ed their spiritual dance traditions as a soulful art form that white authorities  ...

Sankai Juku- review

“Kagemi”, the new evening-length piece by Sankai Juku, the 31-year-old Japanese Butoh company touring the US, is about mirrors, water, and a lotus leaf carpet. It is also about white light, transcendance, and the fact that a 57-year-old dancer-choreographer has  ...

San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala: Dance Review, culturevulture.net – review

Program of various works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, Yuri Possokhov, Helgi Tomasson, and Christopher Wheeldon Orchestra conducted by Martin West War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco January 21, 2009 http://www.sfballet.org/performancestickets/2009season.asp Whatever hard times loom, they were banished  ...