Tales of Hoffman, Berkeley- Opera culturevulture.net – review

Tales of Hoffman By Jacques Offenbach Libretto by Jules Barbier Adapted and translated by David Scott Marley Berkeley Opera February 28-March 7, 2009 Julia Morgan Center for the Arts http://www.berkeleyopera.org/ For anyone who’s ever wondered if Jacques Offenbach can  ...

Elixir of Love, SFO- culturevulture.net – review

By Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Felice Romani San Francisco Opera October 29-November 26, 2008 Conducted by Bruno Campanella Directed by James Robinson http://sfopera.com/ Ramon Vargas (Nemorino) and Inva Mula (Adina). Photo: Terrence McCarthy. San Francisco Opera’s new  ...

culturevulture.net – review

San Francisco Opera November 21-Dec 9, 2006 War Memorial Opera House San Francisco PRODUCTION Conductor: Sebastian Lang-Lessing / George Cleve* (11/25, 12/2, 12/8) Production: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Stage Director: Laurie Feldman Santoliquido Set Designer: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle Original  ...

Dinner With Friends – Donald Margulies

It might have been called “A Tale of Two Marriages.” Whatever the title, Donald Margulies’ Dinner With Friends merits its Pulitzer Prize. An apparently simple story of one couple’s breakup and its effect on their closest friends, it evolves  ...

A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

A century and a quarter have passed since Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House scandalized respectable audiences and delighted independent thinkers. A lot of progress has been made since then, especially in the area of women’s rights. But, as the  ...

Ennio, Berkeley Rep: Theatre Review: culturevulture.net

Created and performed by Ennio Marchetto Directed by Sosthen Hennekam Berkeley Rep December 20-December 31, 2008 http://www.berkeleyrep.org/ A giant snowman waddles out onto the stage and presently morphs into Marilyn Monroe. Frankenstein stomps in and in a moment you’re looking  ...