The Imaginary Invalid

Arrogant doctors, mysterious maladies, incomprehensible jargon, “The Imaginary Invalid” might be the latest medical drama, rather than a 17th century comedy by the French playwright Molière. No doubt, that is why the play holds up so well. Despite all the discussions of bile and other humors, the fundamental relationships haven’t  ...

Walking Distance Dance Festival

ODC has sponsored the “Walking Distance Dance Festival” June 2-10 to “offer us the opportunity to experience the juxtaposition of different choreographic voices.” (Quote from program notes by Marie Tollon, ODC Writer-In-Residence.) The pieces are short (usually one-hour works) that have been developed in the last two years and address  ...

Monsoon Wedding

From Mira Nair’s Golden Globe-nominated 2001 movie comes her world premiere musical version of “Monsoon Wedding,’ a big-hearted earnest extravaganza of a four-day Punjabi Indian wedding, with all the emotion, color and drama that goes with it. Just as “Fiddler on the Roof” has universal appeal, so too does “Monsoon  ...

Les Enfants Terribles

Opera Paralèlle’s “Les Enfants Terribles” is a Jean Cocteau novel-inspired multimedia cocktail of nearly equal parts opera, filmed images, ballet, spoken word, and live piano accompaniment. Plot lines derivative of the 1972 Franco Zeffirelli film, “Sister Sun, Brother Moon,” and Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Hedda Gabbler,” find their way into the  ...

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Father's Day, wedding day, graduation--all important June occasions. And, of course, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, June 1st to 4th. This year, as in the 21 preceding years, the festival will feature a wide selection of films from the teens through the twenties  ...

Son

Like a speeding bulldozer crushing everything in its path, a nightmarish past comes barreling back into the lives of two lesbians about to get married in “Son,” a new work by playwright James L. Beller Jr. The promising new play, which needs work, is receiving its world premiere  ...

Liss Fain Dance

. Liss Fain and her dancers, Sonia Dale, Katherine Hawthone, Megan Kurashige, Shannon Kurashige and Sarah Dionne Woods-Ladue have created an evening of story telling and dance within a unique setting at Z Space. The stories are told with and without musical accompaniment. The set, a tall  ...

The Old Man and the Old Moon

Have you ever had a tune in your head you just can’t identify? That’s the starting point for the Pigpen Theater Company’s raucous and endearing production of “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” a study in controlled, purposeful mayhem. Set on some nominally British landmass, and the  ...

Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

You will have to make a choice. There should be no dilly-dallying, told the audience Kyle Abraham at the beginning of his premiere, “Dearest Home.” You should either watch his new work with the headsets and soundtrack that he provides, or watch it as it was  ...