Soft Power

I must admit to having looked forward to seeing a new work by David Henry Hwang -- “M. Butterfly” and “Yellow Face” stand out in my mind – I have loved every one I have seen. But I also must  ...

887

“One donut short of a dozen.” Robert Lepage enters the stage with the houselights up and casually begins talking to the audience as if to remind us where the exits are. But instead starts dispassionately talking about  ...

Angels in America

It’s difficult to see Berkeley Rep’s impressive and astute new production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part epic, “Angels in America: a Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” without revisiting the early days of AIDS in the San Francisco Area,  ...

Eureka Day

Talented playwright Jonathan Spector has achieved the almost impossible. He’s created an exceptional play that is laugh-out-loud funny, yet with an intelligent and introspective perspective. On an external level, “Eureka Day” is a hilarious send-up  ...

Head Over Heels

In San Francisco for only a few weeks before it premieres on Broadway this summer, “Head Over Heels” is an infectiously funny, lively and smart upbeat musical with lots of glitz and pizzazz. Originally conceived by Tony winner  ...

Birdland

Paul (Joel Reitsma) is a rock star, with rock star habits and ego. He’s now in Moscow, nearing the end of a long tour and faced with going home to London. He and Johnny, his bandmate, (played by Dushane Casteallo)  ...

American Mariachi

What do you know about mariachi music? If you’re like me, not a lot. Up to now, it’s been the background music while consuming margaritas, chips and queso. Not anymore. Set in a U.S. Latino community in the  ...

A Number

“We’ve got thirty per cent the same [genes] as a lettuce…” The successful birth of Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was a startling event in 1996. Now the news of Barbra Streisand’s cloned puppies has shown  ...

Office Hour

I didn’t sleep well the night I saw “Office Hour,” and to my mind that’s a good thing, because my restlessness meant that I was deeply affected by playwright Julia Cho’s tension-ridden, creative exploration of the complex natures of mass  ...