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Sweeney Todd, SF Opera

I must confess I have always preferred my horror on an intimate scale. That means a television set rather than a multiplex and, most particularly, Stephen Sondheim’s macabre masterwork, “Sweeney Todd,” as a chamber opera, rather than a Broadway musical.  ...

Gianni Schicchi & Pagliacci

For the opening of its 30th anniversary season, the LA Opera has turned to Hollywood for a 2 hour and 40 minute double bill: Woody Allen's production of "Gianni Schicchi" and Franco Zeffirelli's "Pagliacci." The Chandler was packed for opening  ...

Art at Stanford University:

  The day was warm and the campus was quiet when my aunt and I toured two neighboring, but vastly dissimilar, art museums at Stanford University. We were there primarily to see the two new exciting acquisitions at the  ...

Amélie, Berkeley Rep

Once upon a time there was a little girl with a great big imagination. Her parents were unloving and aloof and her only friend, Fluffy the Goldfish, was dumped unceremoniously into the Seine. Very much alone, Amélie turned inward to  ...

Heart of Darkness

A "dark" subject drawn from a famous book. A US premiere from an opera from the other side of the pond. Prestige. Glamour. Well, many operas and films aren't that different from people.They look or sound profound, but aren't.  ...

The Comedy of Errors, San Diego

Here’s a fun idea: Set "The Comedy of Errors" in 1920s New Orleans — Shakespeare in the Jazz Age. You get music, dancing and a general licentiousness to supplement an endless series of mistaken identities. The opportunities for mischief are  ...

Up Here, San Diego

“Up Here” is billed as a musical comedy with a lot on its mind. Perhaps it has a bit too much on its mind. The plot is a quirky love triangle composed of aspiring T-shirt artist Lindsay (Betsy Wolfe),  ...