Pirates of Penzance

        "The Hypocrites," an ebullient, talented young musical troupe from Chicago is storming the beaches of Berkeley Rep (and Penzance) in their loving send-up of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance." These performers are so gifted in both voice and acting that they  ...

The Propelled Heart, Lines Ballet

          According to Lines Ballet’s current program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the propelled heart locates a voice for the body in motion. Artistic Director Alonzo King is famous for the broad-spectrum musical talent he invites in, notably Zakir  ...

A Day of Silents

      San Francisco Bay Area silent film fans won't have to wait until summer to get their fix: "A Day of Silents," a one-day, five-film orgy of non-talkies, will be held at San Francisco's Castro Theater on December 5th. Pack a cushion, pack a lunch  ...

Trumbo (2015)

    It was disheartening to read in the “Trumbo” publicity that the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, including the now-reviled House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), was a “forgotten piece of history.” On the other hand, the engaging and accessible biopic “Trumbo” is illuminating this shameful  ...

Proof

    "Proof," which ran for 917 performances in an extended run on Broadway, is a double-entendre-titled work about a mad prime number academician, and the daughter who dutifully attends to him. As his mania increases, she quietly and cautiously finds her depth, but not before one situation  ...

China Doll

Some think that it is not kosher to review a play while it is still in previews, but, I don't live in New York any longer and my recent visit there was timed to coincide with other events. But how could I miss seeing and reporting on Al Pacino in  ...

Hamilton

When a Broadway show gets uniformly rave reviews, I worry that the performance can't possibly live up to the hype. Not so with “Hamilton.” What makes “Hamilton” unforgettable, in addition to its creative concept by the mega-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”), brilliant hip-hop music, inventive lyrics, energetic acting, rhythmic  ...

Bullets Over Broadway National Tour

  “Don’t Speak," commands theater diva Helen Sinclair in "Bullets Over Broadway," Woody Allen’s 1994 movie set in the roaring twenties with flappers, gangsters, molls and bohemians on the make. It was full of Allen's comedic shtick, placed in the 1920s, and is a funny, character driven comedy ---all  ...

La bohème

Australian director Benedict Andrews has a new production of La bohème  currently showing at the ENO which adds a controversial twist to the original Puccini opera. Oftentimes when the word "contemporary" is slammed together with words like "new production" audiences tremble at the potential for disaster. It may be a  ...