Die Fledermaus and The Golden Cockerel

“Die Fledermaus” is a waltzy, party of an oper(etta). “The Golden Cockerel,” less familiar, is based on a Russian fable, and features a Tsar in a fat suit and a vision of Donald Trump. Both productions, at Santa Fe Opera’s 2017 summer season, have offered opportunities for the costume shop  ...

Káťa Kabanová

Káťa Kabanová is a romantic tribute to Leoš Janáček’s young lover Kamila Stösslová. The Czech composer never failed to portray high emotions in his score writings, and his opera, Káťa Kabanová, is arguably the composer at the height of his music career. Stösslová was only 25-years-old when Janáček (then 73-years-old)  ...

Landline (2017)

“It’s like a play within a play,” Nate (Finn Wittrock) observes halfway through “Landline.” He’s the clever, charming, and handsome interloper from Dana’s (Jennie Slate) past. He insinuates himself into the traditions of what she describes when she proclaims “We are a family of cheaters,” because she suspects her  ...

Restless Creature (2016)

Wendy Whelan was one of the celebrated ballet dancers in the New York City Ballet. until her retirement in 2014. She danced leading roles in many of the classic Balanchine and Robbins works that form the basis for the company’s distinctive style and reputation, but she also created  ...

Lucia di Lammermoor

Brenda Rae, Lucia Zachary Nelson, Enrico Ashton Mario Chang, Edgardo, Lord of Ravenswood, Christian Van Horn, Raimondo Bidebent, a chaplain Music by Gaetano Donizetti Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano Conductor Corrado Rovaris Director Ron Daniels Scenic Design Riccardo Hernandez Costume Design Emily Rebholz There were no kilts, the sunset was  ...

At This Evening’s Performance

Ringing down the curtain could very well spell curtains for an unsuspecting character in “At This Evening’s Performance” at the North Coast Rep. A struggling company of classically trained actors is reduced to playing in the sticks of a fictional Eastern European police state in  ...

At The Old Place

A forlorn woman and the pull of an equally forlorn house present more mysteries than are solved in the world premiere of “At The Old Place,” at the La Jolla Playhouse. We first meet middle-age, college poetry instructor Angie (Heidi Armbruster) as she wearily drags a  ...

Guys and Dolls

Psst! Looking for a sure bet? Put your money on the Old Globe’s rollicking, toe-tapping revival of “Guys and Dolls.” In this musical fable of depression-era Broadway, con man Nathan Detroit (J. Bernard Calloway) has two loves: The oldest established floating crap game and his fiancé of  ...

The Glass Menagerie

Written in 1944, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams (1911–1983), still wields the power to convey truth about the way in which love and need can help and hurt the American family. Standout performances by Karen Aldridge and Sean San José give fresh life to this biographical memory play about  ...

How to Be a Rock Critic

Two writers for the website Third Coast Review—Nancy Bishop and Karin McKie—went to see Erik Jensen’s one-man performance of the life and times of rock critic Lester Bangs. Nancy wrote the review and Karin added {comments}. This is what they thought. Amidst a sea of beer cans, pill  ...