Scenes From My Radio Play

Laurie Anderson--composer, musician, multimedia artist, filmmaker, poster child for hipster Baby Boomers--just presented five one-of-a-kind performances, four at Miner Auditorium and one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Included in this series were “Listening Party,” “Songs for Women with Tammy  ...

Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce

“Holiday Sauce” is an amazing musical show by the super-talented Taylor Mac, who dazzles the audience with Mac’s unique personality, wit and stage presence, songs and terrific band (Matt Ray, music direction and arrangements), over-the-top drag-queen-like costumes, and ultra-glitzy sets  ...

Everything is Illuminated

Often novels don’t translate well to the stage or screen, but Jonathan Safran Foer’s acclaimed 2002 debut novel “Everything is Illuminated” is a notable exception. It first became a well-reviewed, small-scale movie by Liev Schreiber starring Elijah Wood in 2005,  ...

Volta

In the world of cuisine, street food is the latest and hippest, a ready-to-eat style sold on the fly by a hawker, cheaper than that found in restaurants and something you can usually consumed with just your fingers.  ...

An interview with Nilaja Sun

News of Hurricane Sandy’s projected landfall gives New Yorkers little time to prepare, but whatever the mysteries of nature, certain New Yorkers, the poor, and working class, mostly members of oppressed nationalities, mostly the women among them, know one  ...

Men on Boats

In 1869, one-armed Civil War veteran Major John Wesley Powell, with nine other men and four wooden boats, explored the Green and Colorado rivers, in the first official U.S. government-sponsored expedition of the area. He kept a diary of the  ...

Julius Caesar

For a history geek like me, there are few greater joys than a Julius Caesar production. The play is a picture postcard from that stunning moment when reasonable men thought drastic acts could save the Roman Republic. This year’s  ...

Fairview

“Fairview,” Jackie Sibblies Drury’s brilliant new play, excellently directed by Sarah Benson, illustrates the power of theater to make an audience think, even squirm, during the performance, while its deep impression lingers on afterward. Developed at the Rep’s  ...

Dear Evan Hansen

I have seen studies claiming that the majority of adolescents go through their teenage years with little distress. I have never taken those studies seriously. The job of the adolescent is to separate and individuate him or herself and that  ...