La Cenerentola, SF Opera

Instead of a fairy godmother, we have a wise old tutor and the glass slippers are now a pair of diamond bracelets. Aside from that, everything is as usual — only funnier — in Rossini’s operatic version of the timeless tale of Cinderella. Oh, yes, the wicked stepmother has been  ...

Batsheva Dance Company

The pre-curtain audience at the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts was especially boisterous Thursday evening. This was in part because the legendary Israeli dance company, Batsheva, had returned to San Francisco for its fourth season, and because this performance was part of the company’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Tour. The  ...

Testament, SF

Jesus, Mary and Joseph! No, I’m not swearing, that’s who this play is about. Multi-award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín’s “Testament” turns the Gospels on their ear by recounting the events leading up to the Crucifixion through the eyes of the martyr’s mother (here known only as “The Woman”).  ...

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

“Four dead fellas, two dead cats … me hairstyle ruined! Did I miss anything?” That’s the culmination of Martin McDonagh’s grisly black comedy, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore", now being crisply staged by Aston Rep at the Raven Theatre. The trauma begins when pony-tailed Davey (Matthew Harris) finds a  ...

“The Apartment” (1960) DVD Review

It’s amazing, for a film that won the Oscar for Best Picture the year it was released, and was made by one of Hollywood’s Golden Age directors, how underrated Billy Wilder’s 1960 black and white drama-comedy "The Apartment" is. This is especially true in comparison to the wildly overrated comedy  ...