Office Hour

I didn’t sleep well the night I saw “Office Hour,” and to my mind that’s a good thing, because my restlessness meant that I was deeply affected by playwright Julia Cho’s tension-ridden, creative exploration of the complex natures of mass shooters — their outer personae and inner angst, and society’s  ...

Vietgone

”Vietgone,” an unusual blend of broad comedy with ending touches of sentiment and insight, focuses on the travails of a South Vietnamese man and woman who separately immigrate to the U.S. during the 1975 fall of Saigon, and meet at a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. The playwright,  ...

Swan Lake

Send in the Swans Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella has been programming classical story ballet repertoire in the three years he has been running Pennsylvania Ballet. In addition to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, he mounted company premieres with Don Q and La Corsaire. Corella  ...

Orpheus and Eurydice

How do they do it? The Joffrey Ballet has two simultaneous gigs in LA: the Gluck opera, "Orpheus and Eurydice," and the ballet, "Romeo and Juliet." The consensus is that the troop is spectacular in "Orpheus," but their production of "Romeo" disappoints. But oh, do they delight in "Orpheus."  ...

Company Wayne McGregor

On an empty smoked-filled stage, Jacob O’Connell’s solo began the fifteen-part “Autobiography.” His movements were reptilian and articulate, his développé effortless, quickly dissolving into something gritty, as Lucy Carter’s stark white lighting washed down like a heavy mist. He danced shirtless to Jlin’s music design of echoing sounds of dripping  ...

Company Wang Ramirez

Company Wang Ramirez leaped across Berkeley Saturday evening with their in-the-buzz style of dance and livewire troupe. Its choreographers, Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez have risen to prominence for their unique approach to dance theater and because of their personal and creative relationship that embraces and transcends  ...

Something Rotten! On tour

Yes, what better time to brush up on your Shakespeare than these perilous days, as well as all things musical theater with "Something Rotten," now on tour and a strong cast bringing down the house at the Academy of Music in Philly last week. The book by Karey  ...

Paramodernities (West Coast Iteration)

Netta Yerushalmy made a stunning San Francisco debut with an abridged version of her "Paramodernities." This sophisticated six-part series will have its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this August. Three of these parts were presented for the ODC performance, each deconstructing landmark modern dance choreographies: Vaslav  ...

Ballets Jazz de Montréal

Ballets Jazz de Montréal was a huge hit at NextMove at the Prince two years ago, and they were back in February run with an even more impressive concert program. The Feb. 15 opening night was a near full house, on a somber day. Artistic director Louis Robitaille  ...

Loveless (2017)

As the title would suggest, this is a cold, somewhat hard-to-watch film in which the two main characters are bitter and selfish people. Zhenya and Boris are at the tail end of a vicious divorce, with both determined to hurt each other as much as possible, and leaving their  ...