Suzanne Weiss has been writing about the arts for the past 35 years. Formerly Arts Editor for the papers of Pioneer Press in the northern Chicago suburban area, her work also has appeared in Stagebill and Crain’s Chicago Business, among other publications. Since moving to the Bay Area she has reviewed theater, opera, dance and the occasional film for the San Mateo Times, “J” and is a regular contributor to culturevulture. She is the author of “Glencoe, Queen of Suburbs.”
Writes in: Art & Architecture, Dance, Etc, Music, Television, and Theater.
Music by Galt MacDermotBook by Gerome Ragni and James RadoDirected by Diane PaulusPresented by SHNGolden Gate Theatre, San FranciscoOct. 25-Nov. 20, 2011
Out in the lobby they were painting faces and handing out flowers. Inside ...
The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer
By Michael SturmingerDirected by Michael SturmingerStarring John MalkovichCal PerformancesZellerbach Hall, Berkeley, Calif. (and other venues worldwide)October 21, 2011
More and more people are getting into hybrids these days. Why ...
Tyler Pierce (left) and Linda Gehringer star in the world premiere of Bill Cain’s"How to Write a New Book for the Bible."Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com
'How to Write a New Book for the Bible'
By Bill CainDirected by Kent ...
'Once in a Lifetime'
By George S. Kaufman and Moss HartDirected by Mark RuckerAmerican Conservatory Theater, San FranciscoSept. 22-Oct. 16, 2011
Hooray for Hollywood! “Once in a Lifetime,” the 1930 George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart send-up of everything cinematic ...
Erica Sullivan and Slate Holmgren in "The Taming of the Shrew"Photo by Kevin Berne
'The Taming of the Shrew'
By William ShakespeareDirected by Shana CooperCalifornia Shakespeare TheaterBruns Amphitheater, OrindaSept. 21-Oct. 16, 2011
“Come kiss me, Kate!” There’s a whole ...
By Gaetano DonizettiLibretto by Felice Romani (after a play by Victor Hugo)San Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseConducted by Riccardo FrizzaDesigned and directed by John PascoeSept. 23-Oct. 11, 2011
Donizetti’s portrait of one of history’s most ...
By Giacomo Puccini (with additional music by Franco Alfano)Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato SimoniDesigned by David HockneyDirected by Garnett BruceConducted by Nicola LuisottiSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseSept. 9-Oct. 4, 2011
Opera has its share ...
‘Heart of a Soldier’
Opera in two acts (world premiere)Music by Christopher TheofanidisLibretto by Donna Di Novelli (based on the book by James B. Stewart)Directed by Francesca ZambelloConducted by Patrick SummersSan Francisco Opera, War Memorial Opera HouseSept. 10-30, ...
Ken Grantham and Jamie Jones in Aurora Theatre's "A Delicate Balance"Photo by David Allen
'A Delicate Balance'
By Edward AlbeeDirected by Tom RossAurora TheatreSept. 2-Oct. 16, 2011
There are no mountains or chasms in Agnes’ staid suburban ...
Rita Moreno in a scene from her show at Berkeley RepPhoto courtesy of kevinberne.com
'Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup'
Written by Tony TacconeDeveloped by Rita Moreno and Tony TacconeStaged and directed by David GalliganBerkeley Repertory TheatreSept. 2-Oct. 30, 2011