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  ...

Dear Elizabeth, Berkeley

Mary Beth Fisher and Tom Nelis in "Dear Elizabeth"Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com ‘Dear Elizabeth’ By Sarah RuhlDirected by Les WatersBerkeley Repertory TheatreMay 24–July 7, 2013 Unlike dogs, all writers surely do not go to heaven. However,  ...

Arcadia, SF

‘Arcadia’ By Tom StoppardDirected by Carey PerloffAmerican Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San FranciscoMay 16-June 16, 2013 Arcadia, a name taken from a town of reportedly happy people in ancient Greece, has come to mean a place of  ...

Black Watch, SF

A cast member in a scene from the National Theatre of Scotland's "Black Watch."Photo by Scott Suchman ‘Black Watch’ By Gregory BurkeDirected by John TiffanyThe National Theatre of Scotland (U.S. tour)Presented by American Conservatory Theater (ACT) at  ...

Rodin, Berkeley

‘Rodin’ Eifman Ballet of St. PetersburgChoreography by Boris EifmanMusic by various composersCal Performances, BerkeleyMay 10-12, 2013 Nobody ever could accuse Russian choreographer Boris Eifman of subtlety. Nobody seeing his latest full-length saga, “Rodin,” could accuse him  ...

Cinderella

Spoiler alert: she gets the prince. But you probably know that already. Nevertheless, there is so much that you didn’t know about the new Craig Lucas/Christopher Wheeldon take on everybody’s favorite fairy tale— the one about the unloved child who  ...

Trouble in Tahiti, Hand of Bridge, SF

‘Trouble in Tahiti’ Music and text by Leonard Bernstein ‘Hand of Bridge’ Music by Samuel Barber, text by Gian Carlo MenottiOpera ParallèleConducted by Nicole PaiementConceived and directed by Brian StaufenbielApril 26-28, 2013 Don Draper would have  ...

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Berkeley

David Barlow and Annapurna Sriram in "Pericles, Prince of Tyre"Photo courtesy of mellopix.com ‘Pericles, Prince of Tyre’ By William ShakespeareConceived by Mark Wing-Davey with Jim CalderDirected by Mark Wing-DaveyBerkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep)April 12-May 26, 2013 Incest, attempted murder,  ...