Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997-2014

Nineteen sculptures by Chicago-born sculptor Charles Ray fill three large galleries on the second floor of the Art Institute’s Modern Wing through October 4. Most of the pieces are figurative and tell their own stories, like “Sleeping Woman,” a life-size stainless steel carving of a homeless woman sleeping on a  ...

Heart of Darkness

A "dark" subject drawn from a famous book. A US premiere from an opera from the other side of the pond. Prestige. Glamour. Well, many operas and films aren't that different from people.They look or sound profound, but aren't. "Acclaimed " Brit composer Tarik O'Regan's opera from Joseph Conrad's  ...

The Comedy of Errors, San Diego

Here’s a fun idea: Set "The Comedy of Errors" in 1920s New Orleans — Shakespeare in the Jazz Age. You get music, dancing and a general licentiousness to supplement an endless series of mistaken identities. The opportunities for mischief are virtually endless. And this is a play that thrives  ...

Up Here, San Diego

“Up Here” is billed as a musical comedy with a lot on its mind. Perhaps it has a bit too much on its mind. The plot is a quirky love triangle composed of aspiring T-shirt artist Lindsay (Betsy Wolfe), computer problem solver Dan (Matt Bittner) and Dan’s chattering consciousness,  ...

Cold Mountain, World Premiere

First there was Charles Frazier’s 1997 National Book Award-winning novel, “Cold Mountain.” a Civil War romance that sold over three million copies. Then there was the 2003 Academy Award-winning movie, which starred Nicole Kidmann, Jude Law and Renée Zellweger. “Cold Mountain” the opera, which premiered this summer at Santa Fe  ...

Salome

        “The secret of love is greater than the secret of death,” sings Salome, late in Strauss’ opera, preparing to kiss a bloody mess, the severed head of John the Baptist. Perhaps the real secret is how deeply all of us look forward  ...