Lackawanna Blues

“Nanny was like the government if it really worked.” That pretty much sums up the story of Nanny, the heart of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s 2001 autobiographical spoken ballad currently playing at the Taper. The story is a loving and humorous homage to a woman with innate  ...

Kinan Azmeh

Pianists and violinists are the prime donne of classical music so where does that leave Damascus, Syria-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh who makes his instrument sing with his own breath? One doesn't think of clarinetists as having big careers but the New York-based Azmeh is much  ...

The Sleeping Beauty

Few can stride across a floor, arms raised to usher in festivity, as convincingly as Val Caniparoli, San Francisco Ballet’s reigning King Without a Crown. The story ballet fixture, be it Master of Ceremonies (as in this case), Duke, Lord, Priest,  ...

Captain Marvel (2019)

You may be lining up for, or are already in line for "Captain Marvel". The superhero who soars through the sky surrounded by flames like a newly lit match. But this time there's a twist. Captain Marvel (pronounced Mar-Vell, like the poet) is a woman.  ...

World’s on Fire

It’s informative to read in ODC Artistic Director Brenda Way’s program notes that motivation on her part for mounting Kate Weare’s full-length work “World’s on Fire” issues from a wish to look deeply into our heartland, to better understand what Way tags as a “divisive” culture. It’s certainly a  ...

The Clemency of Titus

If you are feeling jaded by seeing too many Bohemes, Butterflies, and Carmens, but are unable to cuddle up to late 20th and 21st century works, you should definitely give LA Opera’s production of “The Clemency of Titus” a go. Mozart dashed  ...

Kinky Boots: National Tour

Kinky Boots won the Best-Musical Tony (and a batch of others) in 2013. Six years later, the show is still chugging, winding-down its run on Broadway on April 7, but taking a new generation of performers on a tour around the smaller cities of America, where thigh-high platform boots  ...

Gloria Bell (2019)

For Chilean director Sebastian Lelio, life is like a waltz. We switch from dance partner to dance partner striving for connection. And hell, if we don't find one, we might as well go down dancing. This is the swaying notion behind  ...

Paris Opera Ballet Cherkaoui/Goecke/Lidberg

To usher in the new year, and not just any year–2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the institution’s inception under Louis XIV–the Paris Opera Ballet proposed a mixed bill of three short ballets that ran throughout the month of February at the historic Palais Garnier. The program opened with  ...