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.
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
'The Wild Bride'
Kneehigh Theatre productionAdapted and directed by Emma RiceMusic by Stu BarkerLyrics and text by Carl GroseBerkeley Repertory TheatreDec. 2, 2011–Jan. 22, 2012
“The Wild Bride” is a wild ride across farmland and forest, crossroads and ...
From left, Joan Mankin, L. Peter Callender and Muriel Maffre in "The Soldier's Tale"Photo by David Allen
'The Soldier’s Tale' (L’Histoire du Soldat)
Music by Igor Stravinsky (Arranged by Jonathan Khuner)Book by C.F. Ramuz (Translated by Donald Pippin)Aurora Theatre ...
Sahr Ngaujah as the title character in "Fela"Photo courtesy of SHN
Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. JonesMusic and lyrics by Fela Anikulopo-KutiDirected and choreographed by Bill T. JonesCurran Theatre, San FranciscoNovember 15-December 11 (national ...
The ensemble in Act II of San Francisco Opera's "Carmen"Photos by Cory Weaver
By Georges BizetText by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic HalevyBased on a novella by Prosper MériméeConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Jose Maria CondemiSan Francisco Opera, War ...
Cirque du SoleilWritten and directed by Robert LePageAT&T Park, San FranciscoOct. 28-Dec. 18, 2011
I won’t go so far as to say “Totem” is the best Cirque du Soleil spectacle of the bunch. There are ...
From left, Anthony Fusco, Susan Heyward, Chris Butler and Kevin O'Rourke in "Race" at ACTPhoto by Kevin Berne
By David MametDirected by Irene LewisAmerican Conservatory Theater, San FranciscoOct. 21–Nov. 13, 2011
In the justice system the race is ...