Steered by the crisp direction of Francesca Zambello and the sure baton of John DeMain, this “Show Boat” fills the opera house stage in a tribute to an American musical classic.
Y’all come on down to the levee folks. The “Show Boat” is in town and it’s a singin’, dancin’ romp. But is it an opera? Well, maybe more of an operetta, but who cares? In a spiffy production at San ...
It's disorienting: San Francisco's Silent Film Festival has moved from its iconic mid-July position to the last weekend in May! What's going to enliven the doldrums of summer?
On the other hand, what better way ...
Like it or lump it, there's no denying that Tony Kushner's operatic family drama serves up Wagnerian themes.
Playwright Tony Kushner may go down in theatrical history as the Richard Wagner of the stage. The two, although separated by a century, have a lot in common. They both wrote very long works, sometimes too long to squeeze into ...
The tragedy of the Youngers is at home on this stage normally reserved for the Bard.
It has been more than half a century since Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic “A Raisin in the Sun” first took the stage, for those who saw it changing the way white America viewed the upward struggle of their African American neighbors. ...
Though this production's point is unclear, it certainly makes a statement in rhinestone and brocade.
“Thaïs.” Does the name ring a bell? If you are not an opera aficionado, the likely answer is no, unless you happen to recall the haunting "Méditation from Thaïs." If so, you are on the right track. This late 19th-century ...
Despite flashes of good dancing, these works lacked the technical achievement needed to make them come truly to life.
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“Carmen” was first produced in London in 1949 and then premiered in San Jose on May 3, 2002. It is Luigi Bonino's revival of Roland Petit's one-act retelling of the opera as ballet. The "end of season" show May 11 ...
The playwright's "Fat Pig" runs at Hollywood's Hudson Theater through June 1, 2014
Tom loves Helen. And why shouldn’t he? She’s smart, pretty and has a great sense of humor. But she’s also fat, and for Tom that just may be a deal breaker. This is the conundrum at the heart of Neil ...
This "new old-fashioned musical" strives to be both things simultaneously and ends up neither.
As someone who loves George Gershwin’s music, could listen to it 24/7 and never tire of it, I’d looked forward to reviewing "The Ghost of Gershwin" at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.
But I quickly tired of ...
Edward Albee's drama explores a family living atop a psychological Superfund Site and suffering the dire consequences.
It’s Saturday and you’ve just been given tickets to an Edward Albee play.
What to wear, what to wear? You look through your closet for something appropriate:
(a) Tux. Un-huh.
(b) Business casual. Ahh, no.
(c) Hazmat suit. Hmmm….
This spare, pared-down tale is at its best when it depicts the trials of black South Africans under apartheid.
“The Suit” doesn’t fit as well as expected. With the renowned director Peter Brook’s name attached, one goes in expecting something magical like that long-ago “Midsummer Night’s Dream” or the “Marat/Sade” that set a standard for much that followed ...