The Abduction from the Seraglio

Opera folks have their quibbles. There are those who want a classic staging, just as audiences would have seen at the times the operas were written. The fewer liberties, the better. And then there are those who believe resetting the production can add vitality. When logically executed, I am firmly  ...

Dawson DanceSF

Dawson Dance attracts an enthusiastic audience who whoop and cheer in appreciation of the eight attractive men and women who are his company. Dawson’s notes for the program “les verities” (the truths), announce that dawnsondancesf aims” to break down the barriers placed on classical ballet, bringing to light  ...

The Best Films of 2016

2016 was an exceptional year for movies, as well as refreshingly diverse. The upcoming Oscar Awards show will thankfully be showcasing an array of stories and the talents of more than just whites- behind and in front of the camera. The movies that were good couldn’t be more  ...

Sunday in the Park with George

With a practically bare, white playing space as a blank canvas, Zoetic Stage’s Stuart Meltzer, his cast and crew have fashioned a gorgeous work of art in the award-winning Miami company’s current production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece “Sunday in the Park with George.” The Pulitzer-Prize-winning  ...

Dance Brigade

Celebration and Witness Krissy Keefer’s Dance Brigade began forty years ago as the Wallflower Order Dance Collective in 1975. The current program reflects Keefer’s continuing efforts to bring awareness, to examine, to protest and evoke audience response to women’s issues and the current political, social and environmental threats. To  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 1

Jiri Bubencíek is one of those rare choreographers confident enough to set work on his dancers while in process. He draws inspiration from the particularity of each one’s body and how he or she moves. In making “Fragile Vessels,” he brought the memory of a folie à trois, imagined as  ...

The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict

Sometimes, before you’re able to confront a problem, you must admit the problem exists. It can be easier said than done. That is what writer/director Michael Leeds conveys in his honest, funny, vivid and unapologetically shameless and bold play “The First Step: Diary of a Sex Addict.”  ...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. The two terrific full-length plays (one matinee and one evening performance, separated by about two hours) that comprise “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are best enjoyed by devotees like me whose imagination has been  ...

The Most Happy Fella

Stage Door Theatre’s breathtaking production of “The Most Happy Fella” offers some of the strongest singing you’ll hear on a stage. And you’ve got a little less than a month to hear the gorgeous voices belonging to members of a superb cast. “The Most Happy Fella,” a touching,  ...