Celebrated Masters

Joanna Berman’s staging of Val Caniparoli’s “Hamlet and Ophelia” was just right. Caniparoli has a gift for perspective. He tends not to over-reach. Instead he instinctively gets when his argument has been made without talking past the deal. Moreover, he knows what works to make this happen for which  ...

Painting with Light:

Pride of place in the first room of this exhibition goes to a vast and very odd painting, "The Disruption Portrait", by the 19th-century artist David Octavius Hill. Twenty-three years in the making, it depicts the 457 men and women who formed the breakaway Free Church  ...

The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Goodman Theatre opened its Lorraine Hansberry Celebration Monday night with a new production of Hansberry’s last play, "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window." The play, first produced in 1964 with a three-month Broadway run, is a time-warp visit to 1960s Greenwich Village. Hansberry was concerned with the  ...

Robert Schwartz, Solo Piano

Solo piano recitals aren't that frequent even in a fairly sophisticated town like San Francisco. Sure, we have them at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and high profile international pianists presented by SF Performances. But the only real venue for pianists both well-known and up-and -coming is at Old  ...

My Mañana Comes

Yes, you can count on the Fountain Theatre to offer well produced and directed plays with top notch actors. Of all the many equity waiver theaters in and around Los Angeles, The Fountain is perhaps the most consistent. If there is a message –more often than not, there  ...

Elixir of Love

Opera Philadelphia closed their 2015-16 season with a new production of Donizetti’s "The Elixir of Love," an unwavering favorite with audiences, despite its more vaporous musical merits. Conductor Corrado Rovaris commented in the program notes that musically, the opera is just as much about melancholy as it is  ...

Malpaso Dance Company

Seeing Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company is like watching a newborn foal rise on spindly legs to find its footing. Young in both longevity and the age of its dancers, Malpaso is making a revolution within a revolution in Cuba, and winning hemispheric support in the process. Its founding members  ...

Onegin

John Cranko’s “Onegin,” closed a banner San Francisco Ballet season, with feature roles danced by a cast both new and old— or as a Girl Scout might put it, “One is silver and the other’s gold.” Cranko’s corps de ballet choreography is resplendent, not for its wow factor,  ...

Treasure Island

Someone is singing a sea chantey as the deck slowly rocks beneath the sailors’ feet. A properly-brought-up young English lad lad gazes in wonderment at the strange sights — a parrot perched on a pirate’s shoulder, palm trees swaying in the wind, a skeleton swinging suddenly down from a  ...