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  ...

Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight

Three couples, three bedrooms and a conference call. That’s the scenario. It’s two hours of pillow talk (and pillow shouting) among people who are trying to get their needs and desires met, but keep running into complications. “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight,” the new sexy comedy at the Windy  ...

The Dancer (1994)

        “Feet, feet, feet!” is the universal battle cry. Anyone who has taken ballet or modern dance class, and has heard it shouted from the front of the studio knows that first, last and always, it’s all about the feet, and their relationship  ...

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, San Diego

Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” pays homage to the fictional detective’s deductive reasoning skills to solve murder most foul by challenging the audience’s powers of observation as five actors portray more than three dozen characters in a dizzying display of costume-change prestidigitation worthy of The Magic Castle in  ...

Bent, LA

A play based on fact is a reflection of the time in which it is written as well as the time in which it is set. If revived, a further layer of dust accumulates. Martin Sherman’s “Bent” — a holocaust drama, written at the end of the sexually charged 1970s,  ...

Stupid Fucking Bird

Early in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Konstantin, the tortured artist playwright, laments the need for new expression in theater: “… to my mind, the modern theater is nothing but tradition and conventionality.” I mused about that speech during Sideshow Theatre’s “Stupid Fucking Bird” and decided Konstantin would have liked this  ...