28 Chinese, San Francisco

Mera and Don Rubell, prominent art patrons of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, visited China six times in the last ten years, looking for the best in Chinese contemporary art. Works by 28 of the talented artists they discovered are currently on exhibit at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum  ...

Murder for Two, LA

Yesterday I wasted quite a bit of time trying to write a theater review of "Murder for Two." Silly me. "Murder for Two" is not a play. It is a piece of vaudeville nonsense. Viewed as such there is lots to smile at, a little to laugh at, and not  ...

Rich Girl, San Diego

Money is a never-ending issue: we crave it; hoard it; earmark it; contractually stipulate it. And when love is involved, it gets really weird — we may have to share. “Rich Girl” navigates these potent interrelationships. And though the play visits well-traveled ground, it somehow manages to stay on the  ...

Inana

Timeline Theatre Chicago's premiere of “Inana” by Michele Lowe is a ripped-from-the-headlines love story. And it also reminds us that Americans are sometimes the barbarians at the gates. In this case, the gates of an Iraqi museum of cultural artifacts. Kimberly Senior’s direction succeeds in making this a lesson in  ...

Alex Katz

We think we know what things are about when we see them. Sure, they are what they are, but how could they not be, and if things were only that we wouldn't need art, and our latest phony "deep" buzz word " it is what it is " can't come  ...

One Man, Two Guvnors, Berkeley CA

In a world where we entertain ourselves by tuning in, nightly, to news reports of the most unpredictable and unimaginable horrors, it is comforting that when we absent ourselves from the tube to take in a show, the evening’s fare reveals that our sense of humor is perhaps the one  ...

Carmen

Georges Bizet received hostile reviews of "Carmen" in 1875. Critics saw it as a radical opera that opposed the traditions of Paris and Opéra-Comique, where it was first performed, whilst the general public grew to love Carmen for its evocative melodies and unforgettable arias. Admirers of the opera included Tchaikovsky,  ...

The Project(s)

American Theater Company’s brave new world premiere, “The Project(s),” is a lesson in Chicago history and an explanation of some of its present troubles. Writer/director P.J. Paparelli conceived the play to dramatize the experiences of residents of Chicago’s public housing projects, past and present. His docudrama isn’t a dreary  ...

Arms and the Man, San Diego

Love and war have so much in common: passion, struggle, the subtle distinctions between victor and vanquished, even how seriously we take both subjects. In the classic comedy “Arms and the Man,” George Bernard Shaw skewers it all and even throws in a little class struggle for giggles. The  ...

The Little Foxes

Most people look at Lillian Hellman’s 1939 play, “The Little Foxes,” as a play about a dysfunctional family battling over sex, money and property. You know, the kind that made Steppenwolf Theatre famous. But this one is being staged at Goodman Theatre and it’s a sumptuous setting in every way,  ...