Irrational Man (2015)

    Not all Woody Allen movies are brilliant, but all have merit in some shape or form. The dark comedy, “Irrational Man,” a superficial version of much finer Allen films (e.g., “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point”), had enough of a pull to hold my interest despite  ...

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” now extended through August at the Mercury Theatre on Southport, deserves to be called a jukebox musical. It’s a rousing evening of Johnny Cash’s music—some 30 songs by Cash and other songwriters—performed by a talented group of musicians.   The  ...

E. Faye Butler, actor, Chicago

Faye Butler describes herself as an actor who sings, not a singer who acts. She’s a theater and musical star in Chicago and nationally and has won many awards and honors for her work. She currently plays the cleaning lady, Cassandra, who knows the source of her name only too  ...

Adam and Eve and Steve, LA

The elements of farce, according to theatrical canon, are absurd characters and situations, slapstick physical humor and shovelfuls of risqué banter and behavior. “Adam and Eve and Steve, A Musical Comedy” satisfy those criteria and then some. The five characters — Adam (Michael Spaziani), Eve (Kelly Dorney), Steve (Jotape  ...

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, SF

Amy Seiwert brought three amazing pieces to the ODC Theater for this engagement: “Traveling Alone” (2012); “Starting Over at the End” (2015 — a collaboration with ODC’s KT Nelson); and “Back To" (2015). All three works displayed the virtuosity of her company’s nine dancers and an expansive direction for classical  ...

Choreographer Allejandro Cerrudo

Making a ballet to a single piece of music is so last century. Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo makes playlist dances—he creates sound collages, sometimes disparate mixes of music which inform the movement for him. “Then I go into the studio and play with the dancers. I ask, ‘where does the piece  ...

Daughter of the Regiment

Opening the 2015 Summer Season in its stunning setting at the open-air Crosby Theater in Santa Fe, Ned Canty’s production of “Daughter of the Regiment” features Anna Christy as a Marie with a smile that could light up Broadway; Alek Shrader as her goofy Tyrolean heartthrob, Tonio, and Kevin Burdette  ...

Rigoletto

Any opera with a rape as its central dramatic event is bound to be a little twisted. That’s Rigoletto in a nutshell. It’s a non-romantic, romantic opera. The plot not only revolves around the violent deflowering of Gilda, the court jester Rigoletto’s beloved daughter by his employer, the Duke of  ...

Kiss Me, Kate, San Diego

The Globe’s lighthearted summer continues with the Cole Porter classic “Kiss Me, Kate,” a blissfully anachronistic, Broadway extravaganza. It’s a big, bawdy trip down memory lane and a fun send-up of egotistical actors and the theater in general. Set in Baltimore (always good for a slant rhyme), the show  ...