Lohengrin, SF Opera

‘Lohengrin’ By Richard WagnerConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Daniel SlaterSan Francisco OperaOct. 20-Nov. 9, 2012 What’s in a name? Plenty, especially if your name happens to be Rumpelstiltskin or Calaf, the Unknown Prince of Puccini’s “Turandot” or the  ...

Einstein on the Beach, Berkeley

‘Einstein on the Beach’ Music and lyrics by Philip GlassDirection, set and light design by Robert WilsonChoreography by Lucinda ChildsCal Performances, Berkeley (world tour)Oct. 26-28, 2012 To attempt to describe “Einstein on the Beach,” the groundbreaking 1976 stage  ...

An Illiad, Berkeley

‘An Iliad’ By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’HareAdapted from HomerTranslated by Robert FaglesDirected by Lisa PetersonBerkeley Repertory TheatreOct. 12-Nov. 18, 2012 An old man shuffles out on the stage in a battered overcoat and worn boots, looking for  ...

Moby Dick, SF Opera

‘Moby-Dick’ Opera in two actsBy Jake HeggieLibretto by Gene Scheer, after the Herman Melville novelSan Francisco OperaConducted by Patrick SummersDirected by Leonard FogliaOct. 10-Nov. 2, 2012 It always was a whale of a tale, whether on the page,  ...

Rigoletto, SF Opera

Željko Lučić in the title role of San Francisco Opera's "Rigoletto"Photo by Cory Weaver ‘Rigoletto’ Opera in three acts by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Francesco Maria PiaveAfter a play by Victor HugoConducted by Nicola LuisottiDirected by Harry SilversteinSan Francisco Opera,  ...

The Pearl Fishers, San Jose

James Callon (left) as Nadir and Zachary Altman as Zurga in Opera San José’s "The Pearl Fishers"Photo by Pat Kirk ‘The Pearl Fishers’ Opera in three actsBy Georges BizetLibretto by Michel Carré and Eugène CormonConducted by Anthony QuartuccioDirected by  ...

The Elaborate Entrace of Chad Deity, Berkeley

Beethovan Oden (foreground) and Tony Sancho in "Chad Deity"Photo by David Allen ‘The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity’ By Kristoffer DiazDirected by Jon TracyAurora Theatre Company, Berkeley, Calif.Aug. 24-Sept. 30, 2012 The smell of the greasepaint; the roar of  ...

Chinglish, Berkeley

Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge in Berkeley Rep’s "Chinglish"Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com ‘Chinglish’ By David Henry HwangDirected by Leigh SilvermanBerkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif.Aug. 29-Oct. 21, 2012 Ka-ching! David Henry Hwang’s “Chinglish” is right on the money. The laugh-filled  ...

Blithe Spirit, CalShakes, Orinda, Calif.

Domenique Lozano (standing) as Mme. Arkati in "Blithe Spirit"Photo by Kevin Berne ‘Blithe Spirit’ By Noël CowardDirected by Mark RuckerCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes), Orinda, Calif.Aug. 8-Sept. 2, 2012 It’s not your ordinary ghost story. Which means it’s quite funny  ...

Dragons (Ringling Bros.), U.S. tour

'Dragons' Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey CircusProduced by Nicole Feld and Alana FeldOracle Arena, Oakland, Calif., Aug. 8-12, 2012HP Pavilion, San Jose, Aug. 15-19, 2012(and other cities on U.S. tour) Lions and tigers and dragons, oh my!  ...