All of This Belongs to You

In our beloved V&A museum, there’s a glowing neon sign overseeing the balcony of the entrance lobby that spells out the words "All of This Belongs to You." Its artist Ugo Rondinone uses bold, white lights to attract our attention and query whether all of this truly belong to us,  ...

Talley’s Folly

Celebrated author Lanford Wilson (1937–2011) won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Talley's Folly," a tender two-person, one-act romantic comedy. It’s one of the plays in Wilson’s  trilogy about the  Talley family of Lebanon, Missouri. Aurora will be presenting the two other plays in the trilogy, Wilson’s "Fifth of  ...

The Upstairs Concierge

Todd Rosenthal’s set design for The Hotelman Arms hotel in “The Upstairs Concierge” is quite handsome, done in Prairie Style with Frank Lloyd Wright-type stained glass window panels, faux oak staircases, moldings, cabinetry and doors. Even the typography of the “Your New Family Home” motto signage is an arts and  ...

Buyer and Cellar, San Diego

What is it about stuff? We buy it, we love it, the novelty wears off and we buy more. We get a distinct, if fleeting, dopamine rush, but it doesn’t cure what ails us. This quest for material possessions is at the heart of The Old Globe’s “Buyer and Cellar,”  ...

Shostakovich Trilogy, SF Ballet

When San Francisco Ballet undertook “Shostakovich Trilogy” in 2014, many observers held their breath. Could the company pull off this evening-length work by in-demand choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, the artist-in-residence at American Ballet Theater (which got to premiere the piece, even though it was a co-production with SF Ballet), with its  ...

Veep, Season Four

HBO’s award-winning “Veep” has reached new heights of political fun and games in the upcoming fourth season. The fabulous creative team and cast capitalizes on many clever new plot devices and developments when Veep Selina Mayer (brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus) finds herself president after her predecessor stepped down. Plus, she is  ...

The White Snake, San Diego

Combine an ancient Chinese fable with a MacArthur “genius” director and the result is an enchanting, eye-popping night of theater that seamlessly combines text with compelling performances, sumptuous costumes, live music, a touch of whimsy, and production values the likes of which you have never seen. “The White Snake”  ...

Travesties

The first time I saw a Tom Stoppard play was on my first trip to London in 1981. We saw a production of “On the Razzle,” adapted from an 1842 Austrian farce that also inspired Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” (Going “on the razzle” is an English term for drinking and  ...

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

  Alonzo King’s world premiere of “Biophony,” which is inspired by archival recordings of animals and sonic imprints of natural habitats, just happened to follow last week’s Meredith Monk performance of “On Behalf of Nature”. With both come an awe-inspiring appreciation and humility along with an underlying grief.   How  ...

SOUTH-BY WRAP-UP

  I've already discussed my Top 5 favorite films of SXSW 2015 (and five notable shorts), so before we look ahead to 2016, here are some final highlights from (and thoughts on) the festival just past. 1. SXSW 2015 Festival Winners This year's Grand Jury  ...