“That Obscure Subject of Desire”

"That Obscure Subject of Desire"New Dances by Randee PaufveJuly 24-26, 2009 Dance Mission TheaterSan Franciscohttp://www.paufvedance.org/http://www.dancemission.com/Almost all the ten dancers in the recent Paufve concert are involved with the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley, including its founder, Frank Shawl. The event  ...

The Ballad of Polly Ann

Flyaway Productions"The Ballad of Polly Ann"Choreographed by Jo Kreiter, in collaboration Sound score by Pamela Z.SOMArts Cultural Center, San FranciscoJuly 21-27, 2009flyawayproductions.comBritt Karhoff and Melissa CaywoodJo Kreiter, ever the socially responsible artistic director of Flyaway Productions, has reached new  ...


CorbinDances“Expressions of Beauty”Dance Theater WorkshopSummerDANZNew York CityJuly 15-16, 2009http://www.corbindances.orghttp://www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/CorbinDances in Adele’s Skirt (Tsaritsas) by Nelly van Bommel. Photo: Yi-Chun WuIn its two-night run at Dance Theater Workshop last week, CorbinDances found beauty in the tragic and the absurd, in  ...

The Letter

The Letter, a world premiereMusic: Paul MoravecLibretto Terry Teachout (after the play by W. Somerset Maugham)Conductor: Patrick SummersDirector: Jonathan KentJuly 24, 2009Santa Fe Operahttp://www.santafeopera.org/Patricia Racette as Leslie Crosbie. Photo by Ken HowardThere’s nothing new about operas based on works  ...

Rachel (2009)

Rachel (2009)Directed by Simone BittonFrance/Israel/Belgium Hebrew/Arabic/ EnglishRun Time : 101 minuteswww.sfjff.orgWe like to think we're on the side of the angels, and practice right action, as our Buddhist friends would say. And I suppose we like to think that  ...

Good Books for Hard Times

Good Books for Hard TimesReprinted with permission from  the author, San Francisco Chronicle. Sunday, March 8, 2009    "In a democratic society, where every individual opinion counts, [literature's] incomparable ability to instruct, to make alternatives intellectually and emotionally clear, to  ...

A Doll’s House, London

A Doll’s HouseBy Henrik Ibsen
In a new version by Zinnie Harris
Director: Kfir Yefet
Donmar Warehouse, London
May 14, July 18, 2009
http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/This is a compelling new production of Ibsen’s seminal 1879 drama about the inequality of women in marriage. Gillian Anderson, leading  ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

Summer Shakespeare Festival
by Edmond Rostand
The Old Globe 
San Diego
June 13-September 27, 2009 (In Repertory)
Brendan Griffin as “Christian” and Patrick Page as “Cyrano de Bergerac” . Photo by Craig Schwartz. The 2009 Old Globe Shakespeare Festival opens with Cyrano  ...

Present Laughter

Present Laughter 

by Noël Coward
Dublin: Gate Theatre July 14th to August 5th, 2009
http://www.gate-theatre.ie/Written as a patently self-serving vehicle for the aging Noël Coward, Present Laughter at the Gate looks tailor-fit to its star, Stephen Brennan. Brennan has played this  ...