“Tribute” Menlowe Ballet

Menlowe Ballet, Michael Lowe, Artistic Director (formerly of the Oakland Ballet), celebrated five years of its founding with a lively repertory of works this past weekend. Lowe choreographed one worked, restaged another (a tribute to Marc Wilde and Bronislava Nijinska). “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux “was reworked by Dennis  ...

Luna Mexicana

It has been a good fifteen years since I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the inside of Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, a veritable monument to the Art Deco era. For me on this Day of the Dead evening, it rattles with ghosts of the Buena Vista Social Club, one of the  ...

The Last Tiger in Haiti

“The Last Tiger in Haiti,” a world premiere co-production between Berkeley Rep and the La Jolla Playhouse, was written by a talented newcomer, Jeff Augustin, who was born in Miami of Haitian parentage. He received his MFA in theater from UC San Diego just two years ago and has  ...

The Pearl Fishers, English National Opera

This is the third time I've seen Penny Woolcock's visually stunning production of The Pearl Fishers at the London Coliseum, and I still haven't got tired of it. English National Opera has brought its original showing of Bizet's less successful opera (first premiered in Théâtre Lyrique, 1863), compared to his  ...

Not So Silent Cinema

Even though it’s hard to imagine that F.W. Murnau’s 1922 film, "Nosferatu" actually scared audiences, it still remains a classic of the horror genre. Most of the thrills now are in its German expressionist cinema language which influenced generations of filmmakers. Fans filled the FringeArts Theater  ...