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  ...

Endgame and Play, ACT, SF

Bill Irwin (left) and Nick Gabriel in "Endgame" at ACTPhoto by Kevin Berne ‘Endgame’ and ‘Play’ By Samuel BeckettDirected by Carey PerloffAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San FranciscoMay 9-June 3, 2012 Beckett isn’t easy at any age. In my misspent  ...

Don Quixote, SF Ballet

Taras Domitro and Maria Kochetkova in San Francisco Ballet's "Don Quixote"Photo by Erik Tomasson ‘Don Quixote’ Ballet in three acts (after Miguel de Cervantes)Choreography by Alexander Gorsky and Marius PetipaAdditional choreography/staging by Helgi Tomasson and Yuri PossokhovMusic by Leon  ...

Anatol, Berkeley

From left, Mike Ryan, Delia MacDougall, and Tim Kniffin in "Anatol"Photo by David Allen ‘Anatol’ By Arthur SchnitzlerTranslated by Margret SchaeferDirected by Barbara OliverAurora Theatre CompanyApril 6-May 13, 2012 Arthur Schnitzler’s first play, “Anatol,” should sparkle like the glass  ...

Red, Berkeley Rep

John Brummer (left) and David Chandler in "Red"Photos courtesy of kevinberne.com ‘Red’ By John LoganDirected by Les WatersBerkeley Repertory TheatreMarch 16 – April 29, 2012 There are as many layers of meaning in John Logan’s 90-minute drama about artist  ...

Program 6, SF Ballet

Yuan Yuan Tan in "RAkU"Photo by Erik Tomasson ‘Raymonda’ (Act III), ‘RAkU,’ and ‘Guide to Strange Places’ (world premiere) Program 6: mixed bill, including works choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev ("Raymonda"), Yuri Possokhov ("RAkU") and Ashley Page ("Strange Places")San Francisco  ...

An Evening with Garrison Keillor, Berkeley

Garrison Keillor during an interview in 2011Photo courtesy Triangle Arts & Entertainment An Evening with Garrison Keillor With Rich Dworsky and Heather MasseCal PerformancesZellerbach Hall, BerkeleyMarch 7, 2012 Garrison Keillor has become his own cottage industry. Since the first  ...

Scorched, SF

‘Scorched’ By Wajdi MouawadTranslated by Linda GaboriauDirected by Carey PerloffAmerican Conservatory Theater, San FranciscoFeb. 16–March 12, 2012 “Scorched” is as much a puzzle as a play. When Canadian twins, a brother and sister of vague Middle Eastern descent,  ...

A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Berkeley

‘A Doctor in Spite of Himself’ By MolièreAdapted by Steven Epp and Christopher BayesDirected by Christopher BayesBerkeley Repertory TheaterFeb. 10-March 25, 2012 Have you heard the one about the critic who was born without a funny bone? Well,  ...