Traitor

As if to prove you can out-Ibsen Ibsen, playwright Brett Neveu has taken Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play, "An Enemy of the People, "and transmogrified it into a contemporary setting. Neveu transplants a scandal surrounding the water flowing through the Municipal Baths in a Norwegian town to the soil underlying a  ...

All My Sons

Charles Newell’s production of Arthur Miller’s "All My Sons" at Court Theatre is an emotionally wrenching tragedy. Secrets and lies that have been hidden for years are gradually teased out. Not until the last few minutes do you understand the enormity of the story and then it punches you  ...

Sleeping Beauty, San Francisco Ballet

The boisterous opening to the Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty overture can invite slices of a dancer's life to flash before one's eyes. For at least three generations, elements of this score have been the mainstay accompaniment to many a dance student's training. As a six-year-old in a tiny studio, I learned  ...

Interview with Danielle Rowe, Choreographer

Having followed Australian-born Danielle Rowe's ballet career since she was a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, and then having seen her perform with Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague, then again in British choreographer Christopher Bruce's "Intimate Pages," in a SF Danceworks program that included a piece of her own,  ...

San Francisco Ballet Celestial Gala Performance

“San Francisco Ballet will be the epicenter of world ballet!” Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson predicted in announcing “Unbound,” a festival of new works from Apr. 20-May 5, to celebrate the 85th anniversary of this, the oldest ballet company in the United States. So move over, Royal Ballet of London, St.  ...

L.A. Dance Project on tour

The L.A. Dance Project is on tour and swung into Philadelphia for two performances at the Annenberg Center January 12-13 and even though they didn’t fill the theater, it was obvious from the reception they got they have many new devotees in Philly. Founded in 2014 by choreographer Benjamin Millepied,  ...

Best of 2017: Movies

Honestly, nothing I saw at the movies this year came close to any two episodes of "Twin Peaks: The Return" (or even just Episode Eight all by itself) and I won’t have a chance to see "The Post" (which, unless I’m shockingly disappointed, seems like a Best Of lock) until  ...

Best TV of 2017

In general, television continued kicking cinema's butt in 2017 as the dominant art form in terms of quality, creativity, and diversity in the pop culture food chain with a show that transformed the medium 25-ish years ago somehow doing it yet again, and even network TV offering some programs as  ...