This fascinating, funny, and often poignant production owes much to the women on which it is based, as well as the actors who play them.
Slavery, freedom, power, the position of women, racial inequality, degrees of color — so many serious subjects come up in Marcus Gardley’s uneven “The House That Will Not Stand.” But, for some reason, the Bay Area native, now a New ...
Desperation mixes unsteadily with blind ambition in this uneven, arms-length drama.
There is an emerging genre describing the economic downturn that began in late 2008 and continues today. Mass layoffs, foreclosures, the dystopian trajectory of the banking crisis — we are reliving these nightmares in fiction. Add "Bethany" to the list.
A charming village with Big Sur and local wineries nearby.
A relatively quick and easy drive from the San Francisco Bay Area is Carmel, a quintessential charming California town, with definite hints of affluence. Although Carmel is sleepy in comparison to nearby Monterey and the Bay Area, it still has ...
The revolutionary choreographer's legacy shines in these three iconic works.
The late Martha Graham was nothing less than an icon in the dance world, permanently revolutionizing the art form with her innovative choreography and methodology. The eponymous company that carries on her rich legacy brought a couple of her most ...
Four sisters bring down a Caribbean dictator in this abbreviated retelling of a true story.
Political revolutions are perceived as a male-dominated undertaking. In the 1950s, however, it was four sisters who inspired a Caribbean nation to topple one of Latin America’s most brutal dictators. How these women born to privilege went from ...
Mikhail Baryshnikov reinvents himself (again) in two one-acts adapted from Chekhov.
In real life Mikhail Baryshnikov is definitely not a Chekhov character. Instead of settling into a boring, if comfortable, retirement, the famed dancer (now in his mid-60s) is constantly reinventing himself. A brief early stint in the movies (“The Turning ...
The Lamplighters emphasize the effervescent in a sparkling new translation of this Viennese operetta.
I’ll take mine mit schlag. The Bay Area’s venerable Lamplighters have departed from the usual Gilbert and Sullivan fare to serve up Johann Strauss II’s delectable Viennese concoction, “Die Fledermaus,” in a production that often is as fizzy as ...
The English choreographer attempts to depict "bodies misbehaving"--with mixed results.
Joanna G. HarrisDanceCA,
Wayne McGregor, the celebrated English choreographer “renowned for his groundbreaking collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science,” presented a new work entitled “FAR” at YBCA.
According to McGregor’s notes, the work is inspired by Roy Porter’s ...
David E. MorenoDanceCA,
Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco,
Touring calendar: http://www.billtjones.org/events/touring_calendar.php
Photo: Russell Jenkins
When choreographer Bill T. Jones speaks, his voice resonates soulfully, with ...
The California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco http://www.calacademy.org/
The newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park across from the almost-new (2006) de Young Museum, is not your grandmother’s natural history ...