The Illusion

Misplaced pride leads a man to cast out his only son. Fifteen years later, aching regret leads to a desperate quest to discover what became of the boy. What the father finds – or thinks he finds – are at the heart of “The Illusion” at the North Coast Repertory  ...

Jerzy

Dissemble: (per the OED) Conceal or disguise one's true feelings or beliefs. Dissemble: A word I have never understood. Why not just say “lie”? In “Jerzy,” PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist Jerome Charyn bites off more than most of us can chew on the subject of dissembling. By exploring  ...

10 Alternative Facts about “Veep”

Joe Biden may have been the most accomplished former vice president to speak at this year's SXSW multi-media festival in Austin, Texas -- but Selina Meyer was easily the funniest (in clips from the upcoming sixth season of "Veep", premiering April 16th) as the cast and executive producers  ...

Roe

Since its Supreme Court ruling in 1973, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States, has been a lightning rod that continues to electrify public opinion. It serves as a seismograph that registers politicians’ and citizens’ viewpoints, very few of whom are undecided about how women  ...

Salome, a world premiere at San Francisco Ballet

An argument favoring bilingual education: When a child whose first language is not yet well-established is placed in a classroom where only English is spoken, the child develops “subtractive bilingualism,” making mastery of both languages difficult. Something along these lines may account for the weaknesses in Arthur Pita’s world  ...

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Ailey Company has visited UC Berkeley every year for over 20 years. This 2017 series has three programs with works by several choreographers relatively new to Ailey’s original group. Among these are Robert Battle (current artistic director of the company), Mauro Bigonzetti, John Inger, Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris and  ...

Matisse/Diebenkorn

“Matisse always surprises me…. It’s the restraint coupled with the sensuousness that’s so utterly exceptional.” Richard Diebenkorn The distinguished artistic career of the prominent postwar California painter Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) began with his unique style of abstract expressionism (ca.1946–1956), then moved to figurative works, including landscapes, still lifes, interiors  ...

Interview with playwright Lisa Loomer

In late February, I had a chance to sit down with playwright Lisa Loomer (“The Waiting Room,” “Girl Interrupted”) to discuss her play “Roe,” now at Berkeley Rep. My own experience with the political and practical history of winning and defending abortion rights and delivery of abortion services, over the  ...

Bruckner Orchester Linz

Virgil Thomson used to say that the French played Brahms better than the Germans, and maybe the Austrians play Americans better than Americans. This seemed to be the case when the brilliant American conductor Dennis Russell Davies, who has been Europe-based since 1980, led his band, the Bruckner Orchester Linz,  ...

Betroffenheit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJASICbz3Gg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfs-SEx1nCU There is a room in Jonathon Young's mind created from trauma. It has an electrical box, a harsh fluorescent overhead industrial light, a wall phone, and a corner in which to hide and whimper; at times, to painstakingly crawl out of. The two walls  ...