Candide

The Candide credits make it look like opera designed by a committee. But what a committee. It didn't start that way. Lillian Hellman, in high dudgeon over the early activities of the McCarthy Committee and its followers, approached Bernstein with a proposal to create a critical theater piece based on  ...

The Last Wife

Marriage is not to be entered into lightly when the groom is England's King Henry VIII. The West Coast Premiere of "The Last Wife" offers a contemporary retelling of Henry's sixth (and final) wife, Katherine Parr, and how she strategically and significantly altered history 500 years ago for  ...

Copenhagen

A new production of Michael Frayn's Tony Award winning play "Copenhagen" is on an extended run at the Lantern Theater. Clocking in at over two and a half hours, this play revels in its intellectual density. Past the heady subject matter, its theatrical poetry is vividly brought forth by director  ...

L.A. Dance Project San Francisco Debut

“Closer” (2009) “Hearts & Arrows” Film (2014) “Sarabande” (2009) Benjamin Milliepied's, L.A. Dance Project not only made its San Francisco debut this week, but also launched the Bay Area's new Pivot performance series that promises "innovative, creativity and artistic excellence." Produced by SF Performances, Pivot is geared for  ...

Traitor

As if to prove you can out-Ibsen Ibsen, playwright Brett Neveu has taken Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play, "An Enemy of the People, "and transmogrified it into a contemporary setting. Neveu transplants a scandal surrounding the water flowing through the Municipal Baths in a Norwegian town to the soil underlying a  ...

All My Sons

Charles Newell’s production of Arthur Miller’s "All My Sons" at Court Theatre is an emotionally wrenching tragedy. Secrets and lies that have been hidden for years are gradually teased out. Not until the last few minutes do you understand the enormity of the story and then it punches you  ...

Sleeping Beauty, San Francisco Ballet

The boisterous opening to the Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty overture can invite slices of a dancer's life to flash before one's eyes. For at least three generations, elements of this score have been the mainstay accompaniment to many a dance student's training. As a six-year-old in a tiny studio, I learned  ...

Interview with Danielle Rowe, Choreographer

Having followed Australian-born Danielle Rowe's ballet career since she was a principal dancer with Houston Ballet, and then having seen her perform with Nederlands Dans Theater in The Hague, then again in British choreographer Christopher Bruce's "Intimate Pages," in a SF Danceworks program that included a piece of her own,  ...