Caught

Shotgun Player’s production of playwright Christopher Chen’s stimulating, creative and complex work, “Caught,” confounded and ultimately conquered the audience in its opening night performance in Berkeley, California. The mesmerizing “Caught” concerns truth and lies in their infinite varieties, and the place of truth in art, journalism and relationships. Since 2014,  ...

Shakespeare’s Othello

What is it about the human psyche that makes us willing to believe the most insidious and hateful lies about someone else, even one closest to us? Is it because accepting the worst in another makes us feel better about ourselves? Or do such lies satisfy a devious part of  ...

A View from the Bridge

What a treat. The Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” is a powerful offering even in the cavernous space of the Ahmanson Theatre. Oh, there have mutterings through the years. ‘View is not Miller’s best work.’ ‘It is too narrow.’ ‘Culturally stereotyping.’ To all of  ...

Dream of the Red Chamber: World Premiere

Ethnic support for opera in multi-ethnic San Francisco is a subject worth scholarly research, which is certainly not being offered here. These are only a few broad observations, leading to a point to be made soon. Italians created and supported for decades San Francisco Opera itself; the  ...

You Say You Want A Revolution?

What is the continuing fascination with the 1960s and what was the impact of that swinging decade on subsequent decades and generations? This major new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum explores the significance and impact of the late 1960s on life today, through global civil rights, neoliberal politics,  ...

Churchill’s Secret

This appealing drama about Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) centers on a little known chapter in his fascinating and well-documented life. In June 1953, the great man, then Prime Minister at age 78, suffered a stroke. In a feat impossible today, his family and inner circle, with the collusion of the  ...

When Breath Becomes Air (2016)

At the young age of 36, Dr. Paul Kalanithi did more in two years than some do in a lifetime. His motivation was life AND death. In 2013 when Dr. Paul Kalanithi was close to wrapping up a stellar academic career as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, and looking forward  ...