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.
Catherine Castellanos and Michael Winters (foreground) and Emily Kitchens in "The Tempest"Photo by Kevin Berne
By William ShakespeareDirected by Jonathan MosconeChoreography by Erika Chong ShuchCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes)June 2-June 24, 2012
It may not be a ...
Dael Orlandersmith, creator and performer in "Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men"Photo courtesy pf kevinberne.com
‘Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men’
Written and performed by Dael OrlandersmithDirected by Chay YewBerkeley Rep (world premiere)May 30-June 24, 2012
It’s all in the title ...
Bill Irwin (left) and Nick Gabriel in "Endgame" at ACTPhoto by Kevin Berne
‘Endgame’ and ‘Play’
By Samuel BeckettDirected by Carey PerloffAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San FranciscoMay 9-June 3, 2012
Beckett isn’t easy at any age. In my misspent ...
Taras Domitro and Maria Kochetkova in San Francisco Ballet's "Don Quixote"Photo by Erik Tomasson
Ballet in three acts (after Miguel de Cervantes)Choreography by Alexander Gorsky and Marius PetipaAdditional choreography/staging by Helgi Tomasson and Yuri PossokhovMusic by Leon ...
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, ...