For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Berkeley

J.M. Barrie’s famed character Peter Pan probably is the ultimate statement on the wish for eternal youth. More than Ponce de Leon’s fruitless search for the fountain, Dorian Gray’s nefarious portrait, or the frozen faces of Botox devotees today, Peter embodies every kid’s wish to never grow up, never turn  ...

Camp David

An Orthodox Jew, a Muslim, and a born-again Christian meet in the woods. This isn’t the setup to a joke, but the true story of 13 days that led to a peace agreement between historic enemies Israel and Egypt. The year is 1978. Israeli Prime Minister  ...

Our Lady of Kibeho

In the 1980s, in an all-girls Catholic school in rural Rwanda, young Alphonsine (Cashae Monya, utterly believable as one in a state of grace) claims visions of the Virgin Mary. The story opens with the shoeless teen awaiting an interview with sympathetic Father Tuyishime  ...

SFDanceworks

James Sofranko, San Francisco Ballet soloist, will introduce his new company, SFDanceworks, to Bay Area audiences, June 23—25, at ODC Theater. The company will present Lar Lubovitch’s “Concerto Six Twenty-Two,” Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Lickety Split,” as well as three world premieres, “Z” made on Anne Zivolich by Sofranko, “Portrait,” with  ...

The Last Five Years, SF

At the moment Jamie meets Cathy, she already has lost him. That’s the time-bending conceit of Jason Robert Brown’s terrific little musical, “The Last Five Years,” newly opened at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Brown tells the tale, mostly in song, of a relationship — backward from her point of  ...

The Dark Mirror, by Hans Zender

First, I must admit that I am more familiar with Schubert's "Wintereisse" through the voice of Ian Bostridge, but sung 'straight' with nothing else but a piano to accompany the tenor. Last year, I was completely absorbed by Bostridge and international pianist, Thomas Adès’s intimate concert at the  ...