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  ...

Angels in America

It’s difficult to see Berkeley Rep’s impressive and astute new production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part epic, “Angels in America: a Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” without revisiting the early days of AIDS in the San Francisco Area, when people were dying terrible deaths and few in the  ...

1945 (2017)

When my son was six and a student at Mountaineer Montessori School, he learned the Shaker hymn, “’Simple Gifts.” “I hate that song,” he said to me one afternoon, as we drove away from his school. His vehemence took me by surprise. I thought about a line in  ...

Eureka Day

Talented playwright Jonathan Spector has achieved the almost impossible. He’s created an exceptional play that is laugh-out-loud funny, yet with an intelligent and introspective perspective. On an external level, “Eureka Day” is a hilarious send-up of Berkeley’s quintessential form of political correctness, which has slowly  ...

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Aside from the time Warner Bros. poured a fortune into the first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies, superhero films languished for a generation. Comic book artists can draw on paper for comparatively nothing what no movie budget can match. It took decades for cinema technology to catch up. When it  ...