Suzanne Weiss has been writing about the arts for the past 35 years. Formerly Arts Editor for the papers of Pioneer Press in the northern Chicago suburban area, her work also has appeared in Stagebill and Crain’s Chicago Business, among other publications. Since moving to the Bay Area she has reviewed theater, opera, dance and the occasional film for the San Mateo Times, “J” and is a regular contributor to culturevulture. She is the author of “Glencoe, Queen of Suburbs.”
Writes in: Art & Architecture, Dance, Etc, Music, Television, and Theater.
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 ...
Written by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
Performed by Mona Golabek
Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley Rep), Berkeley, Calif.
Oct. 25, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014
It’s a sad story with a happy ending ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
Andrew Boyer (left) and Ryan Drummond in "1776"Photo by Kevin Berne
Music and lyrics by Sherman EdwardsBook by Peter StoneDirected by Frank GalatiAmerican Conservatory Theater, San FranciscoSept. 11-Oct. 6, 2013
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...