Suzanne Weiss has been writing about the arts for the past 35 years. Formerly Arts Editor for the papers of Pioneer Press in the northern Chicago suburban area, her work also has appeared in Stagebill and Crain’s Chicago Business, among other publications. Since moving to the Bay Area she has reviewed theater, opera, dance and the occasional film for the San Mateo Times, “J” and is a regular contributor to culturevulture. She is the author of “Glencoe, Queen of Suburbs.”
Writes in: Art & Architecture, Dance, Etc, Music, Television, and Theater.
'Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatwright'
Written by Dan LeFrancDirected by Lila NeugebauerBerkeley Repertory Theatre (world premiere)Jan. 9-Feb. 3, 2013
Remember when you were a kid and wanted to be anybody except who you were? ...
Amy Kim Washke (left) plays the title role in "The White Snake"Photo by Jenny Graham
‘The White Snake’
World premiere productionWritten and directed by Mary Zimmerman, based on a classic Chinese fableBerkeley Repertory TheatreNov. 9-Dec. 30, 2012
Nobody does ...
Melody Moore (above) stepped into the title role of San Francisco Opera's "Tosca" on opening night when Angela Gheorghiu became indisposed after Act I.Photo by Kristen Loken/San Francisco Opera
‘Tosca’ (with Moore to the Rescue)
By Giacomo PucciniLibretto by ...
Daniel Petzold (foreground) and Jeremy Kahn in "Another Way Home" at Magic TheatrePhoto by Jennifer Reiley
‘Another Way Home’
By Anna ZieglerDirected by Meredith McDonoughMagic Theatre, San FranciscoNov. 7 – Dec. 2, 2012
Ah, there’s no place ...
Rebecca Krouner (left) as Prince Orlofsky and Elisabeth Russ as Adele in "Die Fledermaus"Photo by Pat Kirk
By Johann StraussLibretto by Carl Haffner and Richard GeneConducted by David RohrbaughDirected by Marc JacobsOpera San Jose, California Theatre, ...
From left, Brian Trybom, Marcia Pizzo, Heather Gordon, Patrick Russell and Stacy Ross in "Childhood," part of "Wilder Times" at Aurora Theatre CompanyPhoto by Jessica Palopoli
Four short plays by Thornton WilderDirected by Barbara OliverAurora Theatre Company, ...
By Richard WagnerConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Daniel SlaterSan Francisco OperaOct. 20-Nov. 9, 2012
What’s in a name? Plenty, especially if your name happens to be Rumpelstiltskin or Calaf, the Unknown Prince of Puccini’s “Turandot” or the ...
‘Einstein on the Beach’
Music and lyrics by Philip GlassDirection, set and light design by Robert WilsonChoreography by Lucinda ChildsCal Performances, Berkeley (world tour)Oct. 26-28, 2012
To attempt to describe “Einstein on the Beach,” the groundbreaking 1976 stage ...
By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’HareAdapted from HomerTranslated by Robert FaglesDirected by Lisa PetersonBerkeley Repertory TheatreOct. 12-Nov. 18, 2012
An old man shuffles out on the stage in a battered overcoat and worn boots, looking for ...