Closer – Patrick Marber

If sex sells, Patrick Marber’s "Closer" should make a bundle. But this British comedy-drama of coupling and uncoupling, instant attraction and inveterate infidelity, offers more than just a voyeur’s peek inside somebody else’s bedroom. It exposes the raw  ...

Betrayal – Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter can be as inscrutable as anybody this side of Samuel Beckett. That’s one of the reasons that his 1978 Betrayal came as such a relief. Totally accessible, the story of a woman, her husband and her lover  ...

Big Love – Charles L. Mee

Big Love is big fun at Berkeley Rep. O.K., so it’s Aeschylus again but Charles L. Mee’s zany rehash of the ancient story of 50 brides who flee 50 grooms rather than be forced into marriage bears little  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

An Evening With The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Divining/Revelations (1986) DVD Music: Grace is danced in part to Duke Ellington's Come Sunday which is included in The Best Of The Duke Ellington Centennial  ...

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  ...

Paris Opera Ballet – La Bayadere

Most things in life suffer from an excess of anticipation. But the long-awaited, much ballyhooed visit of the Paris Opera Ballet to San Francisco exceeded anything you might have expected. Sponsored by the home team, which travels to France  ...

San Francisco Ballet – Nutcracker

"Nutcracker" Nation: How an Old World Ballet Became a Christmas Tradition in the New World (2003), Jennifer Fisher Tis the season -- the season for Santa and Scrooge and those ubiquitous dancing nutcrackers. And, of all  ...

San Francisco Ballet

Sometimes a ballet program is like a sandwich, with the filling stuck between two slices of white fluffy stuff. So it is with San Francisco Ballet’s Program 2. It’s not that Antony Tudor’s Gala Performance and Stanton Welch’s Taiko  ...