The Tale of Despereaux: a New Musical

Some stories are so satisfying that they seem to live on and on, sometimes in different modes and renditions. Such a treasure is Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning 2003 book, “The Tale of Despereaux,” a charming chapter book geared for grades 3-5, but also relished by adults. It was made  ...

Q&A w/ Marc Bruni

Marc Bruni is the co-Director with PigPen Theatre Co. of The Tale of Despereaux. He has directed the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, in the West End, US and UK Tours, and in Australia where he won the 2018 Helpmann Award and Green  ...

The Irishman (2019)

Amidst the prosperity of post-war America, two of the institutions that reaped great rewards were labor unions and organized crime. Jimmy Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters Union, needed the muscle of the mob, and the mob needed the easy cash the union could supply for its growth. It  ...

Soul of a Nation

“Art in the Age of Black Power 1963 –1983” celebrates and dignifies the significant body of artwork by African American artists that was crucial to the black experience and American history. This remarkable and vital exhibition captures a volatile period in the U.S. when racial identity and racial politics  ...

Buried Child

EgoPo Classic Theater explores the fertile theatrical ground of Sam Shepard this season in revivals of ‘Curse of the Starving Class’ ‘Fool for Love’ and his Pulitzer Prize winning stunner ‘Buried Child’ currently on stage at the Latvian Society Theater in Philadelphia. The play is one  ...

Four Arab / International New Music CDs

Much has been made of the stylistic freedom composers now enjoy. The Gordian knot of the 12-note system has been cut and few composers save those in the academy seem even tempted to write in the 12-note system. So where does that leave these  ...

La Bayadère

Whether it’s the Teutonic Giselle peasant girl or the Indian sub-continent’s Nikia temple dancer, the plight of the village virgin has held audiences in its thrall for nearly three centuries. That’s impressive when one takes into account the number of disputed borders that sparked two world wars, multiple revolutions  ...

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

"When I grew up in Brooklyn no one committed suicide. Everyone was too unhappy" Woody Allen would famously joke. It's a joke that applies to the dreary "Motherless Brooklyn," though Woody forgot about one thing: murder. That's the way most people go out in Edward Nortons' latest.  ...

Soft Power

In a departure from its typical retrospective or mid-career show of a sole contemporary or renowned artist, (typically in the past, a white male), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is presenting new and recent works by 20 international artists who are still in their 30s and  ...