Don Shewey’s Top 10 of 2011, NY

Mark Rylance (seated) in "Jerusalem" Don Shewey's Top 10 Productions in New York Theater, 2011 1. "Jerusalem" – Jez Butterworth’s dense, lyrical, astonishingly original play superbly directed by Ian Rickson, centered on the justly legendary performance of  ...

Yes Sweet Can, SF

Acrobat/dancer Matt White in "Yes Sweet Can"Photo © Sweet Can Productions Yes! They Sure Can! Yes Sweet CanDance Mission, San FranciscoDec. 16, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012 For its fifth anniversary (Canniversary) Sweet Can Productions presents "Yes  ...

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Berkeley

Aida Vainieri of Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal in "Danzón"Photo by Bettina Stoss Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch "Danzón" (1995)Directed and choreographed by Pina BauschCal Performances, Zellerbach Hall, BerkeleyDec. 3, 2011 “First, she dances to the right.Then, she dances to the  ...

Burning, NY

From left, Andrew Garman, Evan Johnson and Danny Mastrogiorgio in "Burning"Photo by Monique Carboni ‘Burning’ By Thomas BradshawDirected by Scott ElliottThe New Group, New YorkOpening night: November 13, 2011 It’s kinky season in New York  ...

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, San Diego

From left, Amanda Naughton, Kelsey Venter, Geno Carr, and Phil Johnson in "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" at The Old GlobePhoto by Henry DiRocco Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Directed by James VasquezBook and Lyrics  ...

Other Desert Cities, NY

Rachel Griffith and Stacy Keach in the Broadway production of "Other Desert Cities"Photo by Joan Marcus 'Other Desert Cities' By Jon Robin BaitzDirected by Joe MantelloBooth Theatre, New YorkOpening night: Nov. 3, 2011 (plays through March 25, 2012)  ...

Desire Under the Elms, Pasadena

Monette Magrath and Jason Dechert in "Desire Under the Elms"Photo by Craig Schwartz 'Desire Under the Elms' By Eugene O’NeillDirected by Dámaso RodriguezA Noise Within Theatre, PasadenaNov. 19-Dec. 18, 2011 “Desire Under The Elms” was written in 1924 by  ...

Trey McIntyre Project, Berkeley

Dancers of the Trey McIntyre Project in "The Sweeter End"Photo by Eliot Kamenitz, Times-Picayune Trey McIntyre Project “In Dreams” (2007), “Gravity Heroes” (2011) and “The Sweeter End” (2011)Zellerbach Hall, BerkeleyNov. 18, 2011 “Look over yonder, What do you see?  ...

Xerxes, SF Opera

'Xerxes' Opera in three acts by George Frideric HandelOriginal production by Nicholas HytnerRevival directed by Michael WallingConducted by Patrick SummersSan Francisco Opera (company premiere), War Memorial Opera HouseOct. 30-Nov. 19, 2011 Though the Bay Area’s ovation-prone operagoers once  ...

Venus in Fur, NY

Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy in the Broadway production of "Venus in Fur"Photo by Joan Marcus 'Venus in Fur' By David IvesDirected by Walter BobbieManhattan Theatre Club at Samuel J. Friedman TheatreOpening Night: Nov. 8, 2011 When David Ives’s  ...