After the Storm (2017)

Hirokazu Kore-eda has seemingly inherited the role of chronicling Japanese middle class domestic life from Yasujiro Ozu. That isn't to say their sensibilities are similar. Kore-eda is less formalist and more conventional than Ozu, but both have a keen eye for vivid details and characterization. That is on full display  ...

To Kill a Mockingbird

The program for Florida Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” lists Maycomb, Ala., 1935 as the time and setting. That is partially correct: Director Robert Cacioppo’s smart staging of the classic, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, takes place as much in 2017 in Anytown,  ...

Harlem Quartet +Arturo Stable

LiveConnections is a magnet music/arts collective that crosses musical boundaries and brings together artists from different genres for their concert series and continued community engagement. On February 25 at World Café Live in Philadelphia, they presented the stellar Harlem Quartet and Cuban composer and percussionist extraordinaire Arturo Stable, for  ...

Salome

Whether your orientation is religious or secular, if your culture is western the name Salome probably conjures up images of seduction and grisly obsession. She is depicted in the bible. She is seen frequently in European painting. The gruesome image of John the Baptist’s head upon a silver platter originates  ...

Monet: The Early Years

“Monet: The Early Years” is visually gorgeous and academically significant. Presenting Monet’s work from the early phase of his career (1858-1872) starting when Monet was 18 years old and ending when he turned 32, the show traces the development of Monet’s eye-catching artistic language and his renowned painterly techniques  ...

KEDi (2016)

Big cities in the warmer latitudes--Rome and Athens come to mind--all seem to have their cadres of "street cats": not-quite-feral felines who get by with occasional help from their human friends. But no city I'm aware of has the kind of street cats, and their relationship with people, that Istanbul  ...

Frankenstein

Sparks flew at Friday evening’s San Francisco Ballet performance of Liam Scarlett’s “Frankentstein.” Unfortunately, they produced more light than heat. By the end of the co-commission with London’s Royal Ballet, quantity turned to quality, and Vitor Luiz’s jolie-laid rendering of the damaged-but-needy Creature, brought the audience to its feet in  ...

Last Work (2015) West Coast Premiere

Last Work (2015) Batsheva Dance Company By Ohad Naharin Yerba Buena Center for the Arts February 15-17 Produced by S.F. Performances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dTiq6uwYUo A girl in a blue silk dress is running. Her long red hair rolls down her shoulders. She runs alone. The only  ...

Hand to God

“Hand to God,” a Tony-nominated, riotously funny romp, shaded with black undertones, uses a foul-mouthed sock puppet to demonstrate the shocking results when one is freed from society’s moral restraints. Playwright Robert Askins accomplishes this lesson using ribald humor overlaying searing insights. With a very talented cast and tight direction  ...

“Jitney” producer Ron Simons

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Chalk up another success for award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons --putting on Broadway the only August Wilson "Pittsburgh Cycle" play that has yet to appear on the Great White Way. Simons doesn't have a definitive answer as to why Wilson’s play “Jitney” had never played  ...