Bullets Over Broadway on tour

“Bullets Over Broadway,” is a stage adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1994 movie. It hit the stage in 2014. Set in the 1920’s, the touring company’s stop at the splendidly over-the-top, art deco, Hollywood Pantages Theatre (opened in 1930) is a particularly apt mise en scene. It is an over scaled  ...

Solomon’s Knot: Christmas Festival in London

In mid-December,  St John's Smith Square was alight with their 30th annual Christmas Festival. The final performances of the festival included masterpieces that one would expect to see during the festive season including Bach's Mass in B minor and Handel's Messiah. This also included a unique concert entirely devoted to  ...

Christmas Festival

Last week St John's Smith Square was alight by their 30th annual Christmas Festival. The final performances of the festival included masterpieces that one would expect to see during the festive season including Bach's Mass in B minor and Handel's Messiah. This also included a unique concert entirely devoted to  ...

Dynamite Divas: A Tribute to Women of Soul

    Dynamite Divas, Black Ensemble Theater’s contribution to holiday celebrations, is subtitled “A Tribute to Women of Soul.” And it’s a worthy tribute to those talented and charismatic singers, with performances of songs of the ‘60s and ‘70s by Roberta Flack (Melanie McCullough), Nancy Wilson (Rhonda Preston),  ...

Downton Abbey, The Final Season

      “The world is a different place from the way it was, my Lord. And Downton Abbey must change with it,” Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) tells Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville).   It’s hard to believe that the last season of “Downton Abbey” is  ...

Son of Saul (2015)

It turns out that murdering six million Jews takes a lot of work. Herding them off the trains; persuading them that the gas chambers are really shower rooms; removing the bodies after the killing; burning them; getting rid of the ashes; cleaning everything up for the next load. All  ...

Forever Tango (2015-2016)

    Since 1990, Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango,” an entertaining evening of South American music and dance, has been seen by over seven million people in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and now I know why. Yes, I am new to “Forever Tango,” despite a  ...

The Christians

      Let me lay it on the table: the top critics have praised “The Christians.” Christopher Isherwood of the New York Times called it “a mesmerizing drama … a terrific play.” The LA Times’ critic, Charles McNulty said, “This is a rare play about religion  ...

Nutcracker, SF Ballet

It’s the holidays. It’s “The Nutcracker.” So what else is new? Actually, quite a lot, depending on whose eyes you are looking through. In a long career of reviewing, this critic has seen more “Nutcrackers” than you can shake a candy cane at, but this year’s foray was in  ...

The Fall of the House of Usher, SF Opera

An opera based on a Poe short story had its American premiere at the War Memorial Opera House recently. With great expectations it was born and, four performances later, mercifully it died. Whatever prompted San Francisco Opera to present Gordon Getty’s “Usher House” (on a double bill with Claude Debussy’s  ...