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, Mike Ryan, Delia MacDougall, and Tim Kniffin in "Anatol"Photo by David Allen
By Arthur SchnitzlerTranslated by Margret SchaeferDirected by Barbara OliverAurora Theatre CompanyApril 6-May 13, 2012
Arthur Schnitzler’s first play, “Anatol,” should sparkle like the glass ...
John Brummer (left) and David Chandler in "Red"Photos courtesy of kevinberne.com
By John LoganDirected by Les WatersBerkeley Repertory TheatreMarch 16 – April 29, 2012
There are as many layers of meaning in John Logan’s 90-minute drama about artist ...
Yuan Yuan Tan in "RAkU"Photo by Erik Tomasson
‘Raymonda’ (Act III), ‘RAkU,’ and ‘Guide to Strange Places’ (world premiere)
Program 6: mixed bill, including works choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev ("Raymonda"), Yuri Possokhov ("RAkU") and Ashley Page ("Strange Places")San Francisco ...
Garrison Keillor during an interview in 2011Photo courtesy Triangle Arts & Entertainment
An Evening with Garrison Keillor
With Rich Dworsky and Heather MasseCal PerformancesZellerbach Hall, BerkeleyMarch 7, 2012
Garrison Keillor has become his own cottage industry. Since the first ...
By Wajdi MouawadTranslated by Linda GaboriauDirected by Carey PerloffAmerican Conservatory Theater, San FranciscoFeb. 16–March 12, 2012
“Scorched” is as much a puzzle as a play. When Canadian twins, a brother and sister of vague Middle Eastern descent, ...
‘A Doctor in Spite of Himself’
By MolièreAdapted by Steven Epp and Christopher BayesDirected by Christopher BayesBerkeley Repertory TheaterFeb. 10-March 25, 2012
Have you heard the one about the critic who was born without a funny bone? Well, ...
Susannah Biller and Marco Panuccio in "The Great Gatsby"Photo by Rapt Productions
'The Great Gatsby'
Opera by John HarbisonAfter the novel by F. Scott FitzgeraldRe-orchestrated by Jacques DesjardinsConducted by Nicole PaiementDesigned and directed by Brian StaufenbielPresented by Ensemble ParallèleYerba ...
Jeri Lynn Cohen and Patrick Russell in "Body Awareness" at the Aurora Theatre CompanyPhoto by David Allen
By Annie BakerDirected by Joy CarlinAurora Theatre CompanyJan. 27 – March 4, 2012
Picture this: a macho photographer who specializes ...
Chris Uzelac as Giuseppe and Cary Ann Rosko as Tessa in "The Gondoliers"Photo by Beau Saunders
Music by Arthur SullivanLyrics by William S. GilbertThe Lamplighters Music TheatreDirected by Barbara HerouxMusic Director, Baker PeeplesJan. 20-29, 2012
Christopher Liam Moore (on knees) and Bill Geisslinger in "Ghost Light"Photo by Jenny Graham
Conceived and developed by Tony Taccone and Jonathan MosconeWritten by Tony TacconeDirected by Jonathan MosconeBerkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif.Jan. 6-Feb. 19, 2012