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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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