Culberg Ballet

Past/Present Deborah Hay “belongs to a group of choreographers who were behind the Judson Church Movement in New York in the 1960s, where daily life movements became part of the choreography and untrained people became dancers.” Her background and a history of awards and commissions from many dance companies,  ...

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Fifty-four years after its Broadway debut, the award-winning “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee (1928-2016) hasn’t lost any of its strength and force. The alcohol-fueled psychological mêlée among George, Martha, Nick and Honey retains its full intensity and potency. Without the tight direction  ...

Trump, Clinton and Sinclair Lewis

There’s something for everyone in this locally-sourced adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here,” and therein lies its fatal flaw. Berkeley Rep’s artistic director Tony Taccone’s enthusiasm for the Federal Theatre Project, an outgrowth of the Depression-era Works Project Administration, prompted an eleventh-hour decision to produce a new  ...

Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus

“The Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus” is an elaborate and somewhat heady vehicle for a multidisciplinary exchange of San Francisco Bay Area performing artists. It features ten world premieres that all utilize dance legend Trisha Brown’s iconic, “Locus” (1975) as their departure point, homage, inspiration, and overriding structure—a  ...

The Complete Piano Etudes of Philip Glass

Composer-performers were all the rage in nineteenth century Europe. Liszt wowed big crowds with his miraculous technique, and so did Chopin, but the less flashy piano concert tours of Brahms and Clara Schumann were big draws plus their bread and butter jobs. Still our obsession with "holy German art" has  ...

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia Orchestra London

An out of town visitor always excites interest, even envy, and Philharmonia's music director and Finnish-born conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen's return visit to his former California turf certainly did, and with three programs, including two by former Angeleno Igor Stravinsky this could not be anything but musical heaven, which it  ...

It Can’t Happen Here

With startlingly prescient timing, Berkeley Rep’s current production is a new adaptation of Pulitzer Prize winner Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 satirical political novel, “It Can’t Happen Here.” Originally written as a warning about the dangers of Hitler’s and Mussolini’s fascism as well as Louisiana Senator Huey “Kingfish” Long’s demagoguery, “It Can’t  ...

Seared

October 11, 2016 Here's a play that could have turned into a yawner, but ended up as the opposite - engaging, vibrant, fascinating. The world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's "Seared" at the San Francisco Playhouse (http://sfplayhouse.org/sfph/2016-2017-season/seared/), which commissioned the play, is yet another triumph for a small company.  ...

Q&A w Glynn Turman

The actor Glynn Turman, now appearing in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the Mark Taper Forum, began his acting career at 13, as a member of the original Broadway cast of “A Raisin in the Sun,” received an Emmy award for his portrayal of Alex Prince, Sr., in the  ...