The Metromaniacs

      “The Metromaniacs” could have gone either way. Consider the ingredients: a convoluted story, characters with multiple identities, dialogue written in verse – rhyming couplets for the most part and not a slant rhyme in the batch. There’s so much that could go wrong, I  ...

The Magic Flute, London

Simon McBurney has returned to the English National Opera to direct the first revival of his production of Mozart's last great opera, which McBurney originally staged at the Coliseum in 2013. When his name was announced, there was a tendency among more conservative critics to throw up their hands in  ...

Dream Catcher

      “Dream Catcher,” the current offering at the Fountain Theatre, is a two-hander that sounds as though it will be a polemic. Roy (Brian Tichnell) is a solar power engineer with the opportunity of a lifetime. For the past three months he has been working  ...

Outside Mullingar

      Two Irish farming families, whose generations have lived predictably side by side for more than a century, are in for a rude awakening in the San Diego REP’s satisfying production of “Outside Mullingar.”   The tale begins with a storm and a  ...

San Francisco Ballet Program 2

The Tyger (an excerpt) by William Blake “Tyger Tyger. burning bright, In the forests of the night; What immortal hand or eye. Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies. Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand,  ...

Architecture of Life

Berkeley, California, a small city with a big reputation, is famous for its branch of the University of California, with its high academic achievement, as well as its liberal politics, free speech movement and its sophisticated performing and visual arts.   The new 82,000 square foot home of  ...

BEST OF 2015: MOVIES

Top Ten lists are obviously subjective...so what makes a movie Best of 2015 material? For me, it's usually about some combination of the following: originality, degree of difficulty, consistency of execution, and indelibility. Is it a film I keep thinking about? Did it earn its emotional moments fair and square?  ...

When the Rain Stops Falling

    The story begins in the year 2039 in the normally bone-dry Australian Outback town of Alice Springs; now a land where it is raining to beat the band. We soon learn, through Gabriel York (Adrian Alita), of familial forces at work more unsettling than the weather.  ...

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot’s Maria “Masha” Alyokhina and Ksenia Zhivago, in conversation with Zarina Zabrisky, will recount the story of their humanitarian and civil rights campaign, zeroing in on the current state of human rights in Russia. They will touch on LGBT rights, prisoner rights, Black Lives Matter, events in the Ukraine,  ...