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.
By Lawrence WrightDirected by Oskar EustisBerkeley Repertory Theatre (world premiere)March 13-April 21, 2013
Fair disclosure: Rather like the young reporter in Lawrence Wright’s “Fallaci,” I regard the late Oriana Fallaci as a journalistic heroine. Her courage, her ...
Art & ArchitectureSan Francisco,
Everybody knows that you can’t take it with you. But, if you are the powerful Qin Sihuang, First Emperor of China, you sure can try. Buried more than 2,000 years ago with some 4,000 replicas of his foot soldiers, archers ...
From left, Lisa Chavez, La Tania, and Marnie Breckenridge in 'Ainadamar'Photo by Steve Di Bartolome
By Osvaldo GolijovLibretto by Henry David HwangConducted by Nicole PaiementDirected by Brian StaufenbielOpera Parallèle, San FranciscoFeb. 15-17, 2013
Ainadamar means “fountain of tears” ...
Reggie Gowland and Susan Blommaert in4000 Miles" at A.C.T.Photo by Kevin Berne
By Amy HerzogDirected by Mark RuckerAmerican Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)Jan. 17-Feb. 10, 2013
Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” rode in from the East on a wave of ...
'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, ...