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!  ...

Humor Abuse, SF

‘Humor Abuse’ Created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica SchmidtPerformed by Lorenzo PisoniDirected by Erica SchmidtAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San FranciscoAug. 3-19, 2012 Lorenzo Pisoni may not have been literally born in the proverbial trunk but he comes pretty  ...

The Mikado, Lamplighters, SF Bay Area

Sonia Gariaeff as Katisha in "The Mikado"Photo by David Allen ‘The Mikado’ Book by William S. GilbertMusic by Sir Arthur SullivanPresented by The Lamplighters Music TheatreLesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif. (and other San Francisco Bay  ...

Spunk, Cal Shakes, Orinda, Calif.

Omozé Idehenre as Missie May and Aldo Billingslea as Joe in Cal Shakes’ "Spunk" ‘Spunk’ Stories by Zora Neale ThurstonAdapted by George C. WolfeMusic by Chic Street ManDirected by Patricia McGregorCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (CalShakes), Orinda, Calif.July 4-29, 2012  ...