The Joffrey Ballet

James: You spoke about Joffrey having been cutting edge. Is today’s Joffrey in step with the original company? Toba: It’s an entirely different kind of company, not as self-confident, not the same unsinkable esprit de corps, and the repertoire is more diffuse. I am tempted to  ...

THE DAY

“I remember the day…” On the surface, “THE DAY” is a multilayered performance with iconoclastic cellist Maya Beiser and retired ballerina turned dance experimentalist, Wendy Whelan. This collaborative project, done in two parts, is the inspiration of Beiser, whose riveting, jaw-dropping cello playing is truly masterful  ...

(Still) in America

Culture Clash’s “(Still) in America” is written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza. It features comedic sketches meant to satirize culture in the Americas.  The LA-based trio first appeared at Berkeley Rep in 2002 with “Culture Clash in Americca.”  The following is a post-performance, edited  ...

Sting’s “The Last Ship”

When an artist has reached superstardom, it is difficult to take a new direction without being compared to who they were and what they once achieved. But their fame and name recognition will draw fans to their most recent endeavor regardless if the new project is outside the field  ...

Gloria

“Gloria,” a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist, starts off on an average day in the culture department of a dysfunctional New York City magazine, where employees spend more time bitching, gossiping, trading quips, and net surfing than they do working. The fast-paced and funny first act  ...

Roberto Devereux

Don’t think that the movies have exclusive title to making bio-pics. Opera has been at it for years. Donizetti set a brilliant example in 1837 with “Roberto Devereux,” third in a trio of works about the Tudor monarchy. I am not a big fan of old fashioned operas, but  ...

Q & A with Lanna Joffrey

“A Thousand Splendid Suns”, a new play based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini (“Kite Runner”), focuses on the lives of two women in war-torn Afghanistan. Adapted for the stage by Ursula Rani Sarma and directed by Carey Perloff, the critically-acclaimed show made its way across  ...

Paul Taylor Dance Company

When the Paul Taylor Dance Company last appeared in San Francisco in 2017, it was just months before the dance world would lose one of its greatest choreographers—Paul Taylor. Soon, the dance maker whose innovative career set contemporary dance standards for over six decades--appearing regularly in San Francisco for  ...