Little Erik

"Little Eyolf," one of Henrik Ibsen’s lesser plays, has been updated and up-ended by writer and director Mark Jackson in the Aurora Theatre’s world premiere production of "Little Erik." In re-writing Ibsen’s 1894 plot into a superficially contemporary story about a hard driving executive wife, a mercurial wannabe novelist husband  ...

Aubergine, Berkeley

Can a bowl of soup really save a life? Probably not, but it makes for some interesting speculation in Julia Cho’s “Aubergine,” a play about love and death, estrangement and reconciliation, immigration and assimilation and, most of all, food, developed through and having its world premiere at Berkeley Rep.  ...

The Metromaniacs

      “The Metromaniacs” could have gone either way. Consider the ingredients: a convoluted story, characters with multiple identities, dialogue written in verse – rhyming couplets for the most part and not a slant rhyme in the batch. There’s so much that could go wrong, I  ...

The Magic Flute, London

Simon McBurney has returned to the English National Opera to direct the first revival of his production of Mozart's last great opera, which McBurney originally staged at the Coliseum in 2013. When his name was announced, there was a tendency among more conservative critics to throw up their hands in  ...

Dream Catcher

      “Dream Catcher,” the current offering at the Fountain Theatre, is a two-hander that sounds as though it will be a polemic. Roy (Brian Tichnell) is a solar power engineer with the opportunity of a lifetime. For the past three months he has been working  ...

Outside Mullingar

      Two Irish farming families, whose generations have lived predictably side by side for more than a century, are in for a rude awakening in the San Diego REP’s satisfying production of “Outside Mullingar.”   The tale begins with a storm and a  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 2

The Tyger (an excerpt) by William Blake “Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand,  ...

Architecture of Life

Berkeley, California, a small city with a big reputation, is famous for its branch of the University of California, with its high academic achievement, as well as its liberal politics, free speech movement and its sophisticated performing and visual arts.   The new 82,000 square foot home of  ...