The Music of Silence: Steven Osborne at Milton Court

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between” This quote from Mozart seems particularly apt for Steven Osborne’s recent concert at London’s Milton Court which featured music by Morton Feldman and George Crumb, two radical American composers with a special interest in exploring the piano’s  ...

Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

In Cal Shake’s creative new gender-bending version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” much text was deleted and some was added, to various levels of success. In a newly added prologue, we see a group of caterers cleaning up from a wedding party that is occurring off-stage. Flowers  ...

Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook

"Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook" takes us on a visit to a tragic but inspiring moment in Chicago history and does it with a bang-up band of actors and musicians. The new Underscore Theatre production premiering this week at the Edge Theatre in Edgewater tells the story of the early labor  ...

Spinning

The struggles of single parenthood and the dread of losing a child cause the worlds of Conor (Dan Waller) and Susan (Jodi Kingsley) to spin out of control in the tense 75-minute play, “Spinning", at the Irish Theatre of Chicago. The production, carefully directed by Joanie Schultz, is  ...

For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Berkeley

J.M. Barrie’s famed character Peter Pan probably is the ultimate statement on the wish for eternal youth. More than Ponce de Leon’s fruitless search for the fountain, Dorian Gray’s nefarious portrait, or the frozen faces of Botox devotees today, Peter embodies every kid’s wish to never grow up, never turn  ...

Camp David

An Orthodox Jew, a Muslim, and a born-again Christian meet in the woods. This isn’t the setup to a joke, but the true story of 13 days that led to a peace agreement between historic enemies Israel and Egypt. The year is 1978. Israeli Prime Minister  ...

Our Lady of Kibeho

In the 1980s, in an all-girls Catholic school in rural Rwanda, young Alphonsine (Cashae Monya, utterly believable as one in a state of grace) claims visions of the Virgin Mary. The story opens with the shoeless teen awaiting an interview with sympathetic Father Tuyishime  ...

SFDanceworks

James Sofranko, San Francisco Ballet soloist, will introduce his new company, SFDanceworks, to Bay Area audiences, June 23—25, at ODC Theater. The company will present Lar Lubovitch’s “Concerto Six Twenty-Two,” Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Lickety Split,” as well as three world premieres, “Z” made on Anne Zivolich by Sofranko, “Portrait,” with  ...