Maestro, Berkeley

One of my favorite Stephen Sondheim lyrics is sung by a stripper with the improbable name of Mazeppa (he rhymes it with “shleppah”) in, of course, “Gypsy.” The song is titled “You Gotta Get a Gimmick” and it reminds me of pianist/playwright/performer Hershey Felder. He’s got a gimmick for sure  ...

Interview: Seth Bockley, playwright

    Seth Bockley is a Chicago-based playwright, playwright-in-residence at the Goodman Theatre and author of "Ask Aunt Susan," which opened at the Goodman’s Owen Theatre this week. He has been involved with the Goodman for several years as part of their playwrights unit, where "Ask Aunt Susan"  ...

“Ask Aunt Susan”

        Photo by Liz Lauren.     Seth Bockley’s new play, "Ask Aunt Susan," is a smart, funny 90-minute tear through today’s era of digital connections and a"cri de coeur" for a slower pace and a little more humanity in  ...

Death of the Author, LA

Spoiler Alert: Animals are, indeed, hurt in this play. They’re the oxen gored by playwright Steven Drukman and they can be found at almost any university today — from the president to a major department chair to a lowly instructor and all the way down to two soon-to-graduate  ...

Show Boat, SF Opera

Y’all come on down to the levee folks. The “Show Boat” is in town and it’s a singin’, dancin’ romp. But is it an opera? Well, maybe more of an operetta, but who cares? In a spiffy production at San Francisco Opera (a co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington  ...

Silent Movie Festival, San Francisco

    It's disorienting: San Francisco's Silent Film Festival has moved from its iconic mid-July position to the last weekend in May!  What's going to enliven the doldrums of summer? On the other hand, what better way to start the season than with hearty doses of Charlie  ...

Chicago Architecture:

  Chicago is known for its iconic classic and contemporary architecture, as well as for its famous and eccentric architects, such as Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Perhaps because of that environment, many Chicagoans are architecture fans, experts or even obsessives. The Chicago Architecture  ...

M. Butterfly

Court Theatre is staging its new production of David Henry Hwang's 1988 hit play, M. Butterfly, in Hyde Park. The powerful and tragic story is always fascinating but Court's production on opening night did not flow as smoothly as most shows by artistic director Charles Newell. Everything about this play should work  ...