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  ...

The Scottsboro Boys, SF

‘The Scottsboro Boys’ Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred EbbBook by David ThompsonChoreography and direction by Susan StromanAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San FranciscoJune 27-July 22, 2012 Sometimes the hype is so high you slip into your  ...

Salomania (world premiere), Berkeley, Calif.

Madeline H. D. Brown and Alex Moggridge in "Salomania"Photo by David Allen ‘Salomania’ Written and directed by Mark JacksonAurora Theatre (world premiere), Berkeley, Calif.June 15-July 22, 2012 History is messy. Things happen that give rise to other things that  ...

Emotional Creature, Berkeley, Calif.

Olivia Oguma in a scene from Eve Ensler's "Emotional Creature" at Berkeley RepPhoto courtesy of kevinberne.com ‘Emotional Creature’ By Eve EnslerDirected by Jo BonneyMusic by Charl-Johan LingenfelderBerkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif.June 14-July 15, 2012 It takes one to know  ...

Attila, SF Opera

‘Attila’ Music by Giuseppe VerdiLibretto by Temistocle Solera and Francesco Maria PiaveDirected by Gabriele LaviaConducted by Nicola LuisottiSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseJune 12-July 1, 2012 In many ways Verdi’s “Attila” is your stereotypical opera: complicated plot,  ...

Wheelhouse (world premiere), Silicon Valley

From left, Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda in "Wheelhouse"Photo by Tracy Martin ‘Wheelhouse’ Written and performed by GroovelilyBook, music and lyrics by Gene Lewin, Brendan Milburn and Valerie VigodaDirected by Lisa PetersonTheatreWorks, Mountain View, Calif. (world premiere)June  ...

Bruja (world premiere), SF

‘Bruja’ By Luis AlfaroDirected by Loretta GrecoMagic Theatre (word premiere)June 6-July 1, 2012 San Francisco’s Magic Theatre is living up to its name in more ways than one. Its current production, a world premiere of USC professor and  ...

The Tempest, Cal Shakes

Catherine Castellanos and Michael Winters (foreground) and Emily Kitchens in "The Tempest"Photo by Kevin Berne ‘The Tempest’ By William ShakespeareDirected by Jonathan MosconeChoreography by Erika Chong ShuchCalifornia Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes)June 2-June 24, 2012 It may not be a  ...

Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, Berkeley

Dael Orlandersmith, creator and performer in "Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men"Photo courtesy pf kevinberne.com ‘Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men’ Written and performed by Dael OrlandersmithDirected by Chay YewBerkeley Rep (world premiere)May 30-June 24, 2012 It’s all in the title  ...