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  ...

3/Dance Innovations

We are inclined to follow Johnny Eliasen anywhere. In his staging of this special delivery rendering of “Études,” our devotee sentiments are richly rewarded. Yes, there are moments that could have done with a preemptive spring cleaning, but overall, Harald Lander’s academic standard bearer, reminds us that Jennifer Homans  ...

Gatz

“Gatz,” the extraordinarily creative and intelligent combination of an oration and recreation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, “The Great Gatsby,” opened on February 13, 2020, at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theater to well-deserved bravos and huzzahs. The enactment was skillfully performed by members of New York  ...

A Thousand Thoughts

“A Thousand Thoughts, a thousand questions, mine, yours, ours, theirs, questions that perhaps open up things that definitive answers would only nail shut. Kronos Quartet’s long trajectory offers a series of questions that are solid and answers are elusive. How do you find the path between predictability and instability?  ...

Hurricane Diane

Hurricane Diane is about two-thirds satirical comedy and one-third social activism. The comedy part is fantastic. Set in a (mostly) pristine New Jersey cul-de-sac, the show pits the Greek god Dionysus against four Jersey housewives. Bored with Mt. Olympus, and concerned with mankind’s environmental mayhem, Dionysus  ...

The Children

It was a pleasure to watch some of my favorite Bay Area artists and director doing their best work at the Aurora Theatre’s West Coast premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children.” This three-person drama is about the reunion of nuclear scientists in the aftermath of a nuclear power station  ...