Vigil, SF

VigilOlympia Dukakis as Grace. Photo by Kevin Berne.By Morris PanychDirected by Morris PanychAmerican Conservatory TheaterMarch 25-April 18, 2010www.act-sf.orgSilence is golden but on the stage it can be pretty tricky. Unless you are Harold Pinter or an actor in a  ...

American Idiot, NYC

American Idiot(Original Review on culturevulture.net:)World premiereMusic by Green DayLyrics by Billie Joe ArmstrongBook by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael MayerDirected by Michael MayerBerkeley Repertory TheaterSeptember 4-November 4, 2009www.berkeleyrep.orgNow on Broadway:St. James Theater246 W. 44th St. NYC http://www.americanidiotonbroadway.com/?gclid=CPu98Mqq-6ACFQNDgwodSA2UuAhttp://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/stjamestheater/theater.phphttp://www.greenday.net/Photo by meliopix.comIt  ...

The Wake, LA

The Wake  By:  Lisa KronDirected by:  Leigh SilvermanKirk Douglas TheatreCulver CityThrough April 18, 2010http://www.centertheatregroup.orgEllen (Heidi Schreck) is a freelance journalist of some unspecified sort.  It is Thanksgiving, 2000.  She and her long time significant other, Danny (Carson Elrod), are  ...

The Blue Room, LA

The Blue Room By:  David HareDirection by:  Elina de SantosWith:  Christian AndersonChristina DowOdyssey Theatre, Los AngelesThrough  May 2, 2009http://www.plays411.net/blueroomWho knew that a play totally about sex could be such an effective soporific?  At the end of watching the two  ...

Our Late Night, Houston

Our Late Night photo by Anthony RathbunGreg Dean, Mikelle Johnson in Wallace Shawn's Our Late NightBy Wallace ShawnThe Catastrophic Theatre at DiverseWorks, HoustonDirected by Jason NodlerFeaturing Catastrophic company members Greg Dean, Mikelle Johnson, Jeff Miller, Karina Pal Montano-Bowers,  ...

Through the Night, LA

Through the NightWritten and Performed by:  Daniel Beatty Directed by:  Charles Randolph-WrightGeffen Playhouse, Los AngelesThrough April 4, 2010http://www.geffenplayhouse.comFor me, "Through the Night" at the Geffen Playhouse, had two strikes against it before the lights dimmed:  I understood it would  ...

Dreamgirls, LA

Dreamgirls Photo: Joan MarcusBook & Lyrics:  Tom EyenMusic:  Henry KriegerDirected & Choreographed by: Robert LongbottomStarring:  Moya Angela, Chester Gregory, Syesha Mercado, Chaz Lamar Shepperd, Adrienne Warren, and Trevon DavisAhmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Through April 4, 2010http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org“Dreamgirls” has opened on  ...

Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, SF

Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant WestBy Naomi IizukaWorld premiereDirected by Les WatersBerkeley Repertory TheatreFebruary 26-April 12, 2010www.berkeleyrep.org(l to r) Kate Eastwood Norris, Bruce McKenzie and Johnny Wu.  Photo: kevinberne.comSo, what is it with the Japanese and cameras? They  ...

Caucasian Chalk Circle, SF

The Caucasian Chalk Circle Photo: Kevin BerneBy Bertolt BrechtTranslated by Domenique LozanoDirected and designed by John DoyleComposition and musical direction by Nathaniel StookeyAmerican Conservatory Theater (ACT), San FranciscoFebruary 18-March 14, 2010www.act-sf.orgIt’s a director’s game nowadays and few directors generate as  ...

The Subject Was Roses (LA)

The Subject Was RosesPhoto: Craig SchwartzBy:  Frank D. GilroyWith:  Martin Sheen, Frances Conroy, Brian GeraghtyDirected By: Neil PepeMark Taper ForumThrough March 21, 2010http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.orgIt is strange.  "The Subject Was Roses" strikes me as being dated.  But why?  The themes are  ...