Endgame

        The term “black humor” could have been invented to describe Samuel Beckett’s mid-century play, “Endgame”. Its humor is grotesque, absurd, sometimes cruel. But humor nevertheless. And the new Hypocrites production takes full advantage of all those aspects of the human comedy. It’s  ...

Inventing Impressionism, London

It's a curious fact that the decisive moment in the history of Impressionism took place not in Paris but in London. In September 1870, just after the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) moved a large part of his stock to safety in London, opening  ...

This Is Modern Art

“This Is Modern Art (based on true events)” is a provocative play intended for a “young adult” audience that raises philosophical and political questions that are generating heated discussions among critics and theatergoers of all ages. Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production, written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, tells the story  ...

Program 4, SF Ballet

San Francisco Ballet’s Program 4 achieved a triumphant success with its production of Jerome Robbins’ “Dances at a Gathering” (1969). To the admirable playing of 18 pieces of Chopin’s music (mazurkas, waltzes, etudes, a scherzo and a nocturne, performed by pianist Roy Bogas, alternating through the run with Natal'ya Feygina),  ...

The Barber of Seville, LA Opera

"The Barber of Seville" has been seen somewhere every year since its initial production almost 200 years ago. A light spirit and beautiful music that wafts through your mind long after you have left the theater make it easy to see why. You have heard of painless dentistry? "Barber," reportedly  ...

Program 3, SF Ballet

There’s something of a puppeteer at play in “Manifesto,” Myles Thatcher’s impressive new work for San Francisco Ballet. Dancers emerge airily from the wings, as if suspended from invisible strings, gliding in and out in patterns symmetrical or not, their arms at odd angles. Further along, a pas de deux  ...

Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo

(pri·ma don·naˌprēmə ˈdänə/ “a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance.”) For forty years "Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo" (Trocks) hasn’t been taking classical ballet very seriously… and that’s the good news. The all male company “en pointe” does, however, continue to take  ...

The Price, LA

How often have you thought a second act was the meat of a play? Not very, I would guess. Arthur Miller's 1968 family saga, "The Price," is one of those rare instances where this is the case. The wealthy Franz family lost its fortune in the crash of 1929.  ...

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

From the minute Kyle Abraham hit the stage in “Pavement,” dribbling an imaginary basketball then taking that movement into fluid modern dance and back, his signature hip hop, streetwise trademark was in motion. It is that simple urban beat--something as pedestrian, rhythmic, and socially iconic as a bouncing basketball  ...

Oscars 2015: The Live Blog

5:44 PM - Amy's currently predicting that Marion Cotillard will win the Red Carpet...and she also thinks Anna Kendrick's already out of the competition with her pretty dress...pretty boring. 6:15 PM - While we're waiting for the Red Carpet to really start jumping...congratulations to David Zellner for his Best Director nomination at the Independent  ...