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.
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 ...
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusProduced by Nicole Feld and Alana FeldOracle Arena, Oakland, Calif., Aug. 8-12, 2012HP Pavilion, San Jose, Aug. 15-19, 2012(and other cities on U.S. tour)
Lions and tigers and dragons, oh my! ...
Created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica SchmidtPerformed by Lorenzo PisoniDirected by Erica SchmidtAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San FranciscoAug. 3-19, 2012
Lorenzo Pisoni may not have been literally born in the proverbial trunk but he comes pretty ...
Sonia Gariaeff as Katisha in "The Mikado"Photo by David Allen
Book by William S. GilbertMusic by Sir Arthur SullivanPresented by The Lamplighters Music TheatreLesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif. (and other San Francisco Bay ...
Omozé Idehenre as Missie May and Aldo Billingslea as Joe in Cal Shakes’ "Spunk"
Stories by Zora Neale ThurstonAdapted by George C. WolfeMusic by Chic Street ManDirected by Patricia McGregorCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes), Orinda, Calif.July 4-29, 2012