Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Berkeley

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Cinderella, Mariinsky Ballet, Berkeley

You know the drill. Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl loses slipper, boy finds girl and she gets, not only a husband, but a complete pair of shoes. Everybody’s favorite fairy tale came to graceful and exuberant life ...

West Wave Dance Festival 2015

        Ernest Delight   Under the direction of Laura Elaine Ellis and Kendra Kimbrough Barnes, the Black Choreographers Festival has been mentoring, training and presenting black choreographers since 2005. This most ...

King Lear, Cal Shakes

Someone with nothing better to do once counted how many times the word “nothing” appears in Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” Having better things to do I have forgotten the total but it was a lot. All stemming from the protagonist’s early ...

Luisa Miller, SF Opera

In an irony that surely makes the god Momus snicker, San Francisco Opera bestowed its Opera Medal for Artistic Excellence upon director/designer Francesca Zambello in the same week that her production of "Luisa Miller" limped in as the opener of ...

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. ...

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 ...

Arthur & George: A Masterpiece Mystery

  Although we tend to think of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 –1930) only in terms of his fabulous creation, Sherlock Holmes, the man actually led a fascinating and full life in addition to writing brilliant detective stories and ...

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. ...