CorbinDances“Expressions of Beauty”Dance Theater WorkshopSummerDANZNew York CityJuly 15-16, 2009http://www.corbindances.org 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 Opera 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  ...

A Doll’s House, London

A Doll’s HouseBy Henrik Ibsen
In a new version by Zinnie Harris
Director: Kfir Yefet
Donmar Warehouse, London
May 14, July 18, 2009 is a compelling new production of Ibsen’s seminal 1879 drama about the inequality of women in marriage. Gillian Anderson, leading  ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

Summer Shakespeare Festival
by Edmond Rostand
The Old Globe 
San Diego
June 13-September 27, 2009 (In Repertory) 
Brendan Griffin as “Christian” and Patrick Page as “Cyrano de Bergerac” . Photo by Craig Schwartz. The 2009 Old Globe Shakespeare Festival opens with Cyrano  ...

Present Laughter

Present Laughter 

by Noël Coward
Dublin: Gate Theatre July 14th to August 5th, 2009 as a patently self-serving vehicle for the aging Noël Coward, Present Laughter at the Gate looks tailor-fit to its star, Stephen Brennan. Brennan has played this  ...

Séraphine (2008)

Séraphine (2008)Directed by Martin ProvostWritten by Martin Provost and Marc AbdelnourStarring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Genevieve Mnich, Nico RognerRun Time: 121 minutesMPAA Rating: Unratedéraphine was France’s equivalent to Slumdog Millionaire at last year’s French Academy Awards. A  ...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth NightSummer Shakespeare Festivalby William ShakespeareThe Old GlobeSan DiegoJune 13-September 27, 2009 (In Repertory) Page as Malvolio. Photo: Craig Schwartz.Twelfth Night is one of the most celebrated of Shakespeare’s plays, possibly for its easy-to-follow plot, but also for its  ...