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.
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 ...
Opera in two actsBy Jake HeggieLibretto by Gene Scheer, after the Herman Melville novelSan Francisco OperaConducted by Patrick SummersDirected by Leonard FogliaOct. 10-Nov. 2, 2012
It always was a whale of a tale, whether on the page, ...
Željko Lučić in the title role of San Francisco Opera's "Rigoletto"Photo by Cory Weaver
Opera in three acts by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveAfter a play by Victor HugoConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Harry SilversteinSan Francisco Opera, ...
James Callon (left) as Nadir and Zachary Altman as Zurga in Opera San José’s "The Pearl Fishers"Photo by Pat Kirk
‘The Pearl Fishers’
Opera in three actsBy Georges BizetLibretto by Michel Carré and Eugène CormonConducted by Anthony QuartuccioDirected by ...
Beethovan Oden (foreground) and Tony Sancho in "Chad Deity"Photo by David Allen
‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity’
By Kristoffer DiazDirected by Jon TracyAurora Theatre Company, Berkeley, Calif.Aug. 24-Sept. 30, 2012
The smell of the greasepaint; the roar of ...
Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge in Berkeley Rep’s "Chinglish"Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com
By David Henry HwangDirected by Leigh SilvermanBerkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif.Aug. 29-Oct. 21, 2012
Ka-ching! David Henry Hwang’s “Chinglish” is right on the money. The laugh-filled ...
Domenique Lozano (standing) as Mme. Arkati in "Blithe Spirit"Photo by Kevin Berne
By Noël CowardDirected by Mark RuckerCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes), Orinda, Calif.Aug. 8-Sept. 2, 2012
It’s not your ordinary ghost story. Which means it’s quite funny ...