Paul Taylor Dance Company

With 142 dances under his dance belt, produced within a 61-year career, seeing any of Paul Taylor’s dances is always a combination of a modern dance history lesson and retrospective. Programs C was no exception with works created from 1961 to 2006 that in some cases parody themselves and in  ...

The Power of Duff, LA

I keep hoping for transformative theatrical moments at Westwood's inviting Geffen Playhouse. Sadly they are few and far between. There is no doubt that playwright Stephen Belber thinks he has penned such a piece with "The Power of Duff." Billed as thought-provoking and witty, it is the story of a  ...

Q & A w/ choreographer Liam Scarlett

San Francisco Ballet danced Liam Scarlett’s “Hummingbird,” this season for the second year running, the piece having been set on the company last season. The following is an interview with Scarlett, conducted via email in April, 2015.   Toba Singer: In working on “Hummingbird” with the San Francisco  ...

All of This Belongs to You

In our beloved V&A museum, there’s a glowing neon sign overseeing the balcony of the entrance lobby that spells out the words "All of This Belongs to You." Its artist Ugo Rondinone uses bold, white lights to attract our attention and query whether all of this truly belong to us,  ...

Talley’s Folly

Celebrated author Lanford Wilson (1937–2011) won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Talley's Folly," a tender two-person, one-act romantic comedy. It’s one of the plays in Wilson’s  trilogy about the  Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Aurora will be presenting the two other plays in the trilogy, Wilson’s "Fifth of  ...

The Upstairs Concierge

Todd Rosenthal’s set design for The Hotelman Arms hotel in “The Upstairs Concierge” is quite handsome, done in Prairie Style with Frank Lloyd Wright-type stained glass window panels, faux oak staircases, moldings, cabinetry and doors. Even the typography of the “Your New Family Home” motto signage is an arts and  ...

Buyer and Cellar, San Diego

What is it about stuff? We buy it, we love it, the novelty wears off and we buy more. We get a distinct, if fleeting, dopamine rush, but it doesn’t cure what ails us. This quest for material possessions is at the heart of The Old Globe’s “Buyer and Cellar,”  ...

Shostakovich Trilogy, SF Ballet

When San Francisco Ballet undertook “Shostakovich Trilogy” in 2014, many observers held their breath. Could the company pull off this evening-length work by in-demand choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, the artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theater (which got to premiere the piece, even though it was a co-production with SF Ballet), with its  ...

Veep, Season Four

HBO’s award-winning “Veep” has reached new heights of political fun and games in the upcoming fourth season. The fabulous creative team and cast capitalizes on many clever new plot devices and developments when Veep Selina Mayer (brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus) finds herself president after her predecessor stepped down. Plus, she is  ...

The White Snake, San Diego

Combine an ancient Chinese fable with a MacArthur “genius” director and the result is an enchanting, eye-popping night of theater that seamlessly combines text with compelling performances, sumptuous costumes, live music, a touch of whimsy, and production values the likes of which you have never seen. “The White Snake”  ...