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  ...

“Tribute” Menlowe Ballet

Menlowe Ballet, Michael Lowe, Artistic Director (formerly of the Oakland Ballet), celebrated five years of its founding with a lively repertory of works this past weekend. Lowe choreographed one worked, restaged another (a tribute to Marc Wilde and Bronislava Nijinska). “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux “was reworked by Dennis  ...