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.
'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 ...
Music by Galt MacDermotBook by Gerome Ragni and James RadoDirected by Diane PaulusPresented by SHNGolden Gate Theatre, San FranciscoOct. 25-Nov. 20, 2011
Out in the lobby they were painting faces and handing out flowers. Inside ...
The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer
By Michael SturmingerDirected by Michael SturmingerStarring John MalkovichCal PerformancesZellerbach Hall, Berkeley, Calif. (and other venues worldwide)October 21, 2011
More and more people are getting into hybrids these days. Why ...
Tyler Pierce (left) and Linda Gehringer star in the world premiere of Bill Cain’s"How to Write a New Book for the Bible."Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com
'How to Write a New Book for the Bible'
By Bill CainDirected by Kent ...
'Once in a Lifetime'
By George S. Kaufman and Moss HartDirected by Mark RuckerAmerican Conservatory Theater, San FranciscoSept. 22-Oct. 16, 2011
Hooray for Hollywood! “Once in a Lifetime,” the 1930 George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart send-up of everything cinematic ...