Risa Jaroslow & Dancers with Lisa Mezzacappa

Dancers often collaborate with musicians as composers, accompanists and performers. We have seen many dances accompanied by pianists onstage, and sometimes small chamber groups. But Jaroslow/Mezzacappa’s “Touch Bass” brings three bass instruments together with three dancers. All six, musicians as well as dancers participate in  ...

Not About Nightingales

"Not About Nightingales,” an early Tennessee Williams script, is a Depression-era tragedy with many elements that foretell Williams’ genius as a playwright. Its setting—a large prison where the prisoners revolt against their horrific treatment—is unusual for Williams, but the dialogue occasionally reflects his poetic and symbolic language. Raven Theatre’s  ...

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs

Don't feel embarrassed if you suddenly burst out laughing while viewing the Contemporary Jewish Museum's exhaustive--but not exhausting--show of Roz Chast's work. There will be plenty of other viewers doing the same thing. Chast, for the unitiated, is one of the New Yorker's star cartoonist, with  ...

Matilda: The Musical (on tour)

You can associate any one of many ferocious animals with the formidable, fiendish, she-devil of a school headmistress, Agatha Trunchbull, in renown author Roald Dahl’s beloved tale “Matilda.” But it’s safe to say we all become mother bears whenever we watch adults – particularly of the immature, bratty,  ...

SXSW 2017: The Rest of the Fest

Previously on Culture Vulture, I shared the Top Five Films I saw at Austin's 2017South-by-Southwest Festival. And now, my picks for additional SXSW hits and misses, coming soon to a theater, festival, streaming service, or VR headset near you! THE GOOD:  ...

Temple

“Temple,” a U.S. premiere production at the Aurora Theatre, is a powerful exposition on how the religious officials of London’s St. Paul Cathedral reacted to the Occupy movement’s 2011 encampment outside Sir Christopher Wren’s renowned church. Artfully directed by Aurora Theatre’s Artistic Director Tom Ross, playwright Steve Waters’ fact-based one-act  ...

Pick Up Performances Co(s): Live Archiveography

“Everything is new and used..” The above is a phrase Gordon uses to describe his fifty year adventure to remember, refresh, recall and present his efforts, ‘to mystify the relationship between an artist’s life and work.” “Live Archiveography” accomplishes that, evoking memories familiar to audiences here and those  ...

Skeleton Crew

A break room in a Detroit auto plant functions as more than a place to store lunch, drink coffee, and engage in company gossip in the thought-provoking “Skeleton Crew,” on stage at The Old Globe. Gruff, chain smoking, card playing Faye (Tonye Patano) has been a line  ...

Linda Vista

"Linda Vista," in its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is a smart and thoroughly entertaining production—a very adult comedy—funny, sexy and poignant. Dexter Bullard, who directed "The Flick" and has directed Letts’ plays before, has created a fast-moving story of lust, comedy and betrayal. The title refers to the  ...

Made for SF Ballet, Program 7

Helgi Tomasson created “Trio” in 2011. It proceeds from a sixth sense of what Tchaikovsky’s piece “Souvenir” proposed about the shape of a dance work. Tomasson abandoned the notion of a continuous motif in favor of three different ones. “Trio” captures an aesthetic that gained popularity over the course  ...