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David Hockney

What distinguishes a fine contemporary artist from a master? One may find the answer at the extraordinary “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition.” Belying his age of 76, Hockney’s fabulous 398-piece show explores his brilliant talent, youthful enthusiasm, bountiful productivity  ...

The Steward of Christendom

Heads up, serious theatergoers who are not looking for something frothy and easy for the holiday season. "The Steward of Christendom" at the Taper has plenty to sink your teeth into. There is nothing easy about it: Start with its being about  ...

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Traditionalists, you probably will not be overjoyed at Matthew Bourne’s reworking of the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The rest of us, however, are in for a real treat. From interpretation to technique, Act I and Act II are about as good  ...

Parfumerie

'Tis the season so let us start with good tidings. For anyone who has not heard, the Wallis is the jewel of the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and a welcome addition to the  ...

Peter and the Starcatcher

What can I say? New York loved you, "Peter and the Starcatcher." Ben Brantley could not find enough superlatives to gush over you; and you had five Tony Awards thrown your way for best performance by a feature actor in  ...

The Magic Flute

Whoa, a credit for animation on an opera review? It must be a misprint. It is not? Really? Yup. The stage set is 99% a flat white wall with a few flush doors you might not notice at first.  Against this  ...

Tristan & Yseult, Berkeley

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice Performed by the Kneehigh Theater of Cornwall Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, Calif. Nov. 22, 2013 – Jan. 6, 2014 The ancient legend of Tristan and Yseult (or Isolde as she is more commonly spelled) is one  ...

The Barber of Seville

Well honey, he can cut my hair anytime. Rossini’s Figaro, probably the most famous coiffeur in the world, is delightfully showcased in San Francisco Opera’s new production (with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet) of “The Barber of Seville,” sparkling with  ...

Falstaff

"Falstaff" is an operatic bauble, easily dismissed as a bit of comedic fun, yet considered by some, such as conductor James Conlon, to be one of the two crowning achievements of Verdi's long career. But isn't comedy often undervalued? Rarely  ...

Give a Woman a Lift

Jo Kreiter has created Flyaway Productions “to engage political and social issues with the artistry of spinning, flying and exquisite suspension.” For “Give a Woman a Lift,” she has engaged six women to dance, climb the walls, swing and, throughout  ...