Joe Goode Performance Group

“Resilience gives the illusion of coping…” “The Resilience Project” was created from a series of interviews with combat veterans and their families. Excerpts from those interviews--a short story, a single phrase, or a word broken down into sounds--are both the text and texture of this heartfelt  ...

Culture/SHIFT 2016

St. Louis, M.O. - At a gathering of artists, activists and policymakers this week, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) released a 10-point policy and action agenda, Standing for Cultural Democracy: The USDAC’s Policy and Action Platform, to ensure the protection of Americans’ right to culture locally, regionally  ...

Elle (2016)

I once had a (Caucasian) roommate, who while offering up the details of her deflowering, reported that afterwards she dreamed that six Latino men dressed in sarapes and sombreros, ritualistically tethered her to a wooden cross to punish her for her sin. The dream and the event that inspired it,  ...

Touchy Subjects (premiere)

“Yeah! Come on, come on, come on, come on Now touch me, babe, Can't you see that I am not afraid?” The Doors A gauntlet was thrown by politically correct, and radically charged sparkplug, Keith Hennessey. The recipient of that challenge was the fluid and  ...

Safe House

Keith Josef Adkins has written an admirable play that tells the tale of two free brothers of color in 1843’s Northern Kentucky. I use the word ”admirable” because the plight of the very different brothers — one with small goals for the future and one with brave  ...

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Each year, The Old Globe/University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program brings us a little Shakespeare. It’s a great opportunity to check out some up-and-coming actors – see what the next generation is up to. This year’s production is “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Set  ...

Letter to a Man

“Letter to a Man” or, the mad man’s diaries, comes out of the scribbled ramblings of Vaslav Nijinsky as he was unraveled by schizophrenia. In varying states of lunacy he exposes his confusion with God and sex, incestuously projecting this mash-up onto Serge Diaghilev—his former benefactor and lover. The torment  ...

Touchy Subjects

“Touchy Subjects” …”Keith Hennessy told Scott Wells that he didn't like the gay joke in Wells dance. Scott said, okay. Let’s make a show.” The show they made includes themselves and seven of the best ‘new/now' dancers in the Bay Area who are listed as collaborators/performers. They are (in  ...

Lulu at the English National Opera

This week is another tasteful and satisfying evening out at the ENO. It is also the second time the ENO has presented a revival work, following The Pearl Fishers that went down a treat in New York's Met opera house last year, and was also shown in Amsterdam as a  ...