Seascape

Edward Albee’s (1928-2016) trenchant view of life, combined with his inventive, creative mind, resulted in plays that are disruptive, adult, intellectual experiences. And his 1975 play “Seascape,” which was awarded one of his three Pulitzer Prizes, is not an exception,  ...

Dancing Through Paradise Square

 A century after the first American Revolution gained independence from the English monarchy, a second revolution erupted: this one to end slavery. The Civil War coincided with the emergence of wage labor as a social class, and brought with it  ...

Q & A w/ Masako Miki

Much-admired Berkeley-based artist and designer Masako Miki is the 273rd artist in the MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. (BAMPFA). MATRIX is an ongoing series dedicated to presenting cutting-edge art and ideas from around the world. And Masako Miki is a  ...

Don Quixote

Conductor Martin West worried the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra through a break-neck Don Quixote. This suited Mathilde Froustey’s frisky Kitri just fine. Luckily her Basilio was Angelo Greco, for whom no challenge is too daunting, though the race to stay on the music discouraged definitively  ...

San Francisco Ballet Gala, 2019

“This is Passion” was the theme of San Francisco Ballet’s 2019 gala. Apart from excesses on display at the several-tiered after party across from the War Memorial Opera House at City Hall, the passion invested in audience attire was less visible than usual. Stage passion,  ...

Betrayal

The Lantern Theater Company’s production of Harold Pinter’s ‘Betrayal’ is more than a reminder of what great material Pinter gave actors to work with and how compelling his theatrical voice was. Under Kathryn MacMillan ’s direction, this is provocative, erudite Pinter performed by a fine  ...

PHILLY POPS Jazz Orchestra

When trumpeter Terell Stafford conducts the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia the stellar big jazz band he founded, he picks up his horn for some brief solos, but sounding as warm as if he had been playing all night. As a guest soloist for the PhillyPOPS  ...

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Program B offered three Bay Area Premieres by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, including; “Perfectly Voiceless”, “For All Its Fury”, “Everything Must Go” featuring original compositions by London-born producer Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and were performed live by Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based Third Coast Percussions. Hynes  ...