Yankee Doodle Dandy–on DVD

No film in the James Cagney filmography best illustrates what can only be called "The Cagney Conundrum" than does the 1942 Michael Curtiz film, "Yankee Doodle Dandy". What is "The Cagney Conundrum," you ask? It is the fact that James Cagney, as a pure actor had such limited dramatic range  ...

The Old Woman, Berkeley

Don’t ask me what it means. The inspired nonsense that comes out of the fertile brain of Robert Wilson is meaningless, yet fraught with meaning — barely comprehensible but hugely entertaining — absurdism at its finest. There’s a story there but, as in “Einstein on the Beach,” you have to  ...

Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Alonzo King’s "Lines Ballet" could easily be called the "Limbs Ballet" as many of the gangly dancers sport excessively sinewy arms and legs, including hands that seem to extend beyond their fingertips. To this natural fluidity, grace, strength, and at times effeminate gesturing (said with the best of intention) is  ...

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, San Diego

The Globe’s annual MFA production, done in collaboration with the University of San Diego program, is always a fun time, and this year’s production is no exception. “Pericles” is a surreal tale of lost love, rediscovered love, bad luck and meteorology. It’s the classic boy meets girl; boy loses girl;  ...

Retrospective, by Xavier LeRoy

          French choreographer/artist Xavier LeRoy has staged his “Retrospective” in Singapore, Paris, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and Hamburg before arriving at PS1 MoMA in Long Island City for a two-month run starting October 2, 2014. In NYC, as in all the  ...

Dohee Lee World Premiere

    Mago In Three Parts   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb6K9ZUMQAA   Mago: as work in progress https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl7X932-o2k       “I had a dream. There was a woman who had long hair like a thread from the deep  ...

La Bohème, SF Opera

Some things never go out of style: basic black, young love, “La Bohème.” Reputed to be the most often performed opera in the canon, Puccini’s tale of the consumptive seamstress, the impoverished poet and their high-spirited, if equally penniless, friends certainly will be the most often performed opera in San  ...