Roussève/REALITY

Roussève/REALITYDoris Duke TheatreJacob's Pillow Dance FestivalJuly 19, 2009http://www.davidrousseve.com/http://www.jacobspillow.org/Photo: Karli CadelDavid Roussève is all about stories that ring true to the African American experience with an intention of reaching universal truths. Saudade, Roussève/REALITY's newest piece, mixes text, film and a  ...

Group Emile Dubois

Centre Choregraphique National de Grenoble-Jean-Claude GallottaGroup Emile DuboisTed Shawn TheatreJacob's Pillow Dance FestivalJuly 19, 2009http://www.jacobspillow.org/http://www.gallotta-danse.com/Photo: Karli Cadel Jean Claude Gallotta's *Des Gens Qui Dansent* (people who dance) plays outlike a French romantic comedy, ripe with charm, intriguing characters and anintangible  ...

The First Wives Club, San Diego

The First Wives Club, a new musicalBook by Rupert HolmesMusic & Lyrics by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, & Eddie HollandDirected by Francesca ZambelloOld Globe Theater, San DiegoJuly 17-August 30, 2009http://www.oldglobe.org/ Karen Ziemba as Annie, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Elyse and  ...

The Mystery of Irma Vep, San Diego

The Mystery of Irma VepOld Globe Theater, San DiegoJuly 31-Sept 6, 2009http://www.oldglobe.org/Jeffrey M. Bender as “Lady Enid Hillcrest” and John Cariani as "Jane Twisden" inCharles Ludlam's gothic spoof. Photo by Craig Schwartz.The Mystery of Irma Vep, playing at The  ...

“That Obscure Subject of Desire”

"That Obscure Subject of Desire"New Dances by Randee PaufveJuly 24-26, 2009 Dance Mission TheaterSan Franciscohttp://www.paufvedance.org/http://www.dancemission.com/Almost all the ten dancers in the recent Paufve concert are involved with the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, including its founder, Frank Shawl. The event  ...

The Ballad of Polly Ann

Flyaway Productions"The Ballad of Polly Ann"Choreographed by Jo Kreiter, in collaboration Sound score by Pamela Z.SOMArts Cultural Center, San FranciscoJuly 21-27, 2009flyawayproductions.comBritt Karhoff and Melissa CaywoodJo Kreiter, ever the socially responsible artistic director of Flyaway Productions, has reached new  ...

Corbindances

CorbinDances“Expressions of Beauty”Dance Theater WorkshopSummerDANZNew York CityJuly 15-16, 2009http://www.corbindances.orghttp://www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/CorbinDances in Adele’s Skirt (Tsaritsas) by Nelly van Bommel. Photo: Yi-Chun WuIn its two-night run at Dance Theater Workshop last week, CorbinDances found beauty in the tragic and the absurd, in  ...

The Letter

The Letter, a world premiereMusic: Paul MoravecLibretto Terry Teachout (after the play by W. Somerset Maugham)Conductor: Patrick SummersDirector: Jonathan KentJuly 24, 2009Santa Fe Operahttp://www.santafeopera.org/Patricia Racette as Leslie Crosbie. Photo by Ken HowardThere’s nothing new about operas based on works  ...

Rachel (2009)

Rachel (2009)Directed by Simone BittonFrance/Israel/Belgium Hebrew/Arabic/ EnglishRun Time : 101 minuteswww.sfjff.orgWe like to think we're on the side of the angels, and practice right action, as our Buddhist friends would say. And I suppose we like to think that  ...

Good Books for Hard Times

Good Books for Hard TimesReprinted with permission from  the author, San Francisco Chronicle. Sunday, March 8, 2009    "In a democratic society, where every individual opinion counts, [literature's] incomparable ability to instruct, to make alternatives intellectually and emotionally clear, to  ...