Available Light (1983)

Cal Performances, at UC Berkeley, just celebrated minimalist composer John Adams’ 70th birthday. It did so with a revival of “Available Light” –-a 1983 collaboration with Lucinda Childs and Frank Gehry. Adams was only 37 when Childs selected him to compose this score and was not as celebrated as she  ...

Collected Stories

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Toward the end of Palm Beach Dramaworks' powerfully-acted,riveting production of Donald Margulies' prized, multi-layered play "Collected Stories," aging writing professor and accomplished author Ruth Steiner acts like a dementia-stricken patient. Her wide eyes betray an expression of bewilderment, wariness and anger. Steiner in no way  ...

David Hockney: 60 years of work

In the year of the artist’s 80th birthday, Tate Britain presents a survey of almost 60 years of David Hockney’s work in the first major retrospective for nearly 30 years and already the gallery’s fastest-selling exhibition. David Hockney is a national treasure and Britain’s greatest living artist, a  ...

The Salesman (2016)

Using the device of a play within a movie, Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) this time brings us a whodunit set in Tehran. A young couple, Emad Etesami (Shahab Hosseini), and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), are actors who play Willy and Linda Loman in a local production of “Death of  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 2

At intermission after Alexei Ratmansky’s “Seven Sonatas,” I overheard a sleekly coiffed and outfitted Gen-Xer turn to her companion and say, “That reminded me of when I was a little girl and had a jewelry box with a ballerina on top.” I wondered what memories the next piece, Yuri Possokhov’s  ...

The Comedian (2016)

“I always thought of the joke as a superior way of telling the truth.”—Emily Nussbaum, “New Yorker,” January 23, 2017 Robert DeNiro plays Jackie Burke, the title role comedian who is the embodiment of all frustrations associated with his chosen profession: It’s a craft more than an art, it’s  ...

Gloria

Have you ever worked in an office—creative or otherwise—where a bunch of young associates groused over their bosses, gossiped about their colleagues, and desperately sought promotion to the next step on the corporate ladder? If you have, then act one of “Gloria", the smart and oh so relevant  ...

“Terror,” a new play by Ferdinand von Schirach

MIAMI BEACH -- As the riveting, disturbing and heartbreaking play “Terror” illustrates, in our post-Sept. 11 world, black and white morality can blow up in pieces, leaving lots of grey – just like the shattered, shot-down civilian commercial jet at the center of the new play, leaving shards and grey  ...

The Abduction from the Seraglio

Opera folks have their quibbles. There are those who want a classic staging, just as audiences would have seen at the times the operas were written. The fewer liberties, the better. And then there are those who believe resetting the production can add vitality. When logically executed, I am firmly  ...

Dawson DanceSF

Dawson Dance attracts an enthusiastic audience who whoop and cheer in appreciation of the eight attractive men and women who are his company. Dawson’s notes for the program “les verities” (the truths), announce that dawnsondancesf aims” to break down the barriers placed on classical ballet, bringing to light  ...