Man in a Case, Berkeley

In real life Mikhail Baryshnikov is definitely not a Chekhov character. Instead of settling into a boring, if comfortable, retirement, the famed dancer (now in his mid-60s) is constantly reinventing himself. A brief early stint in the movies (“The Turning  ...

Die Fledermaus, SF

I’ll take mine mit schlag. The Bay Area’s venerable Lamplighters have departed from the usual Gilbert and Sullivan fare to serve up Johann Strauss II’s delectable Viennese concoction, “Die Fledermaus,” in a production that often is as fizzy as  ...

Tristan & Yseult, Berkeley

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice Performed by the Kneehigh Theater of Cornwall Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif. Nov. 22, 2013 – Jan. 6, 2014 The ancient legend of Tristan and Yseult (or Isolde as she is more commonly spelled) is one  ...

The Barber of Seville

Well honey, he can cut my hair anytime. Rossini’s Figaro, probably the most famous coiffeur in the world, is delightfully showcased in San Francisco Opera’s new production (with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet) of “The Barber of Seville,” sparkling with  ...

The Flying Dutchman

Just in time for Halloween comes a spooky ghost story from the legendary past. The best thing about this one is the beautiful music it’s set to. Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” (“Der fliegende Holländer” if you prefer it in  ...

Underneath the Lintel, SF

By Glen Berger Starring David Strathairn Directed by Carey Perloff American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco Oct. 23-Nov. 17, 2013 There is something mesmerizing about the rhythm of Glen Berger’s “Under the Lintel.” Just as you  ...

A Winter’s Tale, Cal Shakes

From left, Tristan Cunningham, L. Peter Callender, Aldo Billingslea and Margo Hall in "A Winter's Tale"Photo by Alessandra Mello   From "The Winter's Tale" by William ShakespeareDirected by Patricia McGregorCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes), Orinda, Calif.Sept. 25-Oct.  ...

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

In Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” Anton Chekhov meets Absurdism and it’s love at first sight. From the fertile funny bone of the playwright who gave us “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for  ...

Dolores Claiborne, SF Opera

Watching the new opera “Dolores Claiborne” is a little bit like going to a good movie. Like one of those Hitchcock films with a really fine score by Bernard Herrmann that underlines the action without being particularly notable  ...