Mephistopheles

Arrigo Boito’s “Mefistofele” one of the great operas? The Devil you say! The classic dichotomy of its subject, good and evil, angels and demons, is almost embodied in this opera, which has some lovely and lyrical music and much that  ...

Other Desert Cities

There is nothing dry about “Other Desert Cities,” the Pulitzer Prize nominated New York hit now playing at TheatreWorks in Mountain View. Written by Jon Robin Baitz (TV’s “Brothers and Sisters”) and deftly directed by Richard Seer, it is a  ...

No Man’s Land, Berkeley

Ian McKellen (left) and Patrick Stewart in "No Man's Land"Photo by Kevin Berne ‘No Man’s Land’ By Harold PinterDirected by Sean MathiasBerkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep)Aug. 11-31, 2013 Don’t ask me what it means. Just sit back  ...

Lady Windermere’s Fan, CalShakes

From left, Stacy Ross, Aldo Billingslea, and Emily Kitchens in "Lady Windermere's Fan"Photo by Kevin Berne ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan, a Play About a Good Woman’ By Oscar WildeDirected by Christopher Liam MooreCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes)Orinda, Calif.Aug. 14-Sept.  ...

Iolanthe, SF

Molly Mahoney (left) and Sonia Gariaeff in the Lamplighters' "Iolanthe"Photo by Lucas Buxman ‘Iolanthe’ Music by Arthur SullivanLyrics by William S. GilbertStage Director: Barbara HerouxMusic Director/Conductor: Baker PeeplesLamplighters Music TheatreLesher Center, Walnut Creek: Aug. 2-4, 2013Mountain View  ...

Romeo & Juliet, Cal Shakes

Rebekah Brockman and Dan Clegg as the titular lovers in Cal Shakes' "Romeo & Juliet"Photo by Kevin Berne ‘Romeo & Juliet’ By William ShakespeareDirected by Shana CooperCalifornia Shakespeare Theater, Orinda, Calif.July 3-28, 2013 Cal Shakes’ new  ...

This Is How It Goes, Berkeley

From left, Carrie Paff, Gabriel Marin and Aldo Billingslea in "This Is How It Goes"Photo by David Allen ‘This Is How It Goes’ By Neil LaButeDirected by Tom RossAurora Theatre Company, BerkeleyJune 20-July 21, 2013 “This Is  ...

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, SF Opera

‘The Gospel of Mary Magdalene’ Music and libretto by Mark AdamoDirected by Kevin NewburyConducted by Michael ChristieSan Francisco Opera (world premiere)June 19-July 7, 2013 The good news is: Mark Adamo’s music is, if not notable,  ...

The Tales of Hoffmann, SF Opera

‘The Tales of Hoffmann’ By Jacques OffenbachLibretto by Jules Barbier and Michel CarréDirected by Laurent PellyConducted by Patrick FournillierSan Francisco OperaJune 5-July 6, 2013 The course of true love never did run smooth and, in the case of  ...