What the Constitution Means to Me

Heidi Schreck, talented award-winning playwright (“Grand Concourse”) TV writer (“Billions”), and Obie award-winning actress (“Drum Of The Waves Of Horikawa”) returns to Berkeley with an appealing extemporization that wafts between a recitation of her scholarship-winning high school speech about the Constitution and the personal history of four generations of women  ...

Soft Power

I must admit to having looked forward to seeing a new work by David Henry Hwang -- “M. Butterfly” and “Yellow Face” stand out in my mind – I have loved every one I have seen. But I also must own up to my concern at the mentions of last  ...

On Chesil Beach (2017)

Entering the Independent Film Festival Boston screening of "On Chesil Beach" with spotty recollections of the source material (a 2007 novella by Ian McEwan), it was easy to misremember the setting of the period drama -- not the physical location, which is right there in the title, but rather the  ...

The Seagull (2018)

It’s a dominoes game of unrequited love that begins with a deathbed alarm sounded by the household staff at the sumptuous manor in the Russian countryside belonging to sister and brother Irina (Annette Bening) and Sorin (Brian Dennehy). Though it’s Sorin who’s dying, Irina, a self-centered actress teetering on the  ...

887

“One donut short of a dozen.” Robert Lepage enters the stage with the houselights up and casually begins talking to the audience as if to remind us where the exits are. But instead starts dispassionately talking about memory, its peculiarities of long and short-term recollections, thoughts that  ...

Jacob Jonas The Company

Walking, stillness, head spins and one-armed balances. Emotion, b-boying, Philip Glass. When Cirque du Soleil and the Cirque Noveau movement first emerged in the performing arts world during the 1970’s, they created a new genre by taking acrobatics and clowning into a theatrical realm—adding lights and music  ...

Unbound Festival, Programs C and D

At the San Francisco Ballet Gala earlier this year, Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson predicted that the Unbound Festival would locate the company at the “epicenter of world ballet.” The ballet world is bigger than North America and Western Europe, and in SFB’s hosting of United We Dance more than two  ...