Salome

Whether your orientation is religious or secular, if your culture is western the name Salome probably conjures up images of seduction and grisly obsession. She is depicted in the bible. She is seen frequently in European painting. The gruesome image of John the Baptist’s head upon a silver platter originates  ...

Monet: The Early Years

“Monet: The Early Years” is visually gorgeous and academically significant. Presenting Monet’s work from the early phase of his career (1858-1872) starting when Monet was 18 years old and ending when he turned 32, the show traces the development of Monet’s eye-catching artistic language and his renowned painterly techniques  ...

KEDi (2016)

Big cities in the warmer latitudes--Rome and Athens come to mind--all seem to have their cadres of "street cats": not-quite-feral felines who get by with occasional help from their human friends. But no city I'm aware of has the kind of street cats, and their relationship with people, that Istanbul  ...

Frankenstein

Sparks flew at Friday evening’s San Francisco Ballet performance of Liam Scarlett’s “Frankentstein.” Unfortunately, they produced more light than heat. By the end of the co-commission with London’s Royal Ballet, quantity turned to quality, and Vitor Luiz’s jolie-laid rendering of the damaged-but-needy Creature, brought the audience to its feet in  ...

Last Work (2015) West Coast Premiere

Last Work (2015) Batsheva Dance Company By Ohad Naharin Yerba Buena Center for the Arts February 15-17 Produced by S.F. Performances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dTiq6uwYUo A girl in a blue silk dress is running. Her long red hair rolls down her shoulders. She runs alone. The only  ...

Hand to God

“Hand to God,” a Tony-nominated, riotously funny romp, shaded with black undertones, uses a foul-mouthed sock puppet to demonstrate the shocking results when one is freed from society’s moral restraints. Playwright Robert Askins accomplishes this lesson using ribald humor overlaying searing insights. With a very talented cast and tight direction  ...

“Jitney” producer Ron Simons

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Chalk up another success for award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons --putting on Broadway the only August Wilson "Pittsburgh Cycle" play that has yet to appear on the Great White Way. Simons doesn't have a definitive answer as to why Wilson’s play “Jitney” had never played  ...

Dance Lovers 6

Whiz-bang choreographer and dancer James Graham just curated his 6th season of “Dance Lovers… duets by couples, crushes, and comrades.” It is his annual Valentine offering that allows husbands and wives, husbands and husbands, wives and wives, and just plane old fashion “crushes” and friends to have a chance to  ...

I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

Raoul Peck takes a unique approach to documenting the meditations of the late Harlem-born author James Baldwin, who lived as an expatriate in Paris for most of his adult life. Peck gives thirty pages of the writer’s observations over to the voice of actor Samuel L. Jackson. He then inter-splices  ...

Blue Door

A man with a serious case of insomnia is forced to take a serious look at his life choices in “Blue Door” at the Moxie Theatre. Lewis (Vimel Sephus) is a professor of mathematics at a prestigious university. While the majority of  ...