Golden Girls: The Christmas Episodes, SF

San Francisco has its icons, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Chinatown, including the gay Castro district. And, as the world has recently been brought to its knees to remember, it has its share of dynasties too; from the San Francisco Giants to the city’s drag queens and Golden Girls…  ...

Into the Woods, LA

Trip thee lightly into the woods my darlings but beware the eternal dangers lurking there. Thus it is and thus it shall always be. The woods are full of wolves, giants, controlling mothers, faithless spouses, impossible dreams ... all manner of threats, real and imagined, variously penned by the Brothers  ...

Breakfast With Mugabe, Berkeley

An intimate power struggle between Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, and Dr. Andrew Peric, a white Zimbabwean psychiatrist, is the compelling concept of this gripping, finely acted drama. British author Fraser Grace based his riveting play, first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2005 and then off-Broadway in  ...

What the Butler Saw, LA

What is naughty or nice is often a matter of when the question is asked. In 1967 when it debuted, "What the Butler Saw" was not only naughty, it was downright scandalous. In 2014? Not so much. Still witty, still fast-paced, Joe Orton's posthumously produced play has become a  ...

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  ...