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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SF Opera Lab launches in intimate Taube Atrium Theater by Leslie Katz

San Francisco Opera’s new venture, called SF Opera Lab, is admittedly small. “One of the keys is the intimacy. Historically, San Francisco Opera produced grand-scale opera, and we have a…

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Friday, March 4, 2016

‘The Call’ deftly takes on politics, race, friendship, adoption by Leslie Katz

Personal and political issues come to the fore in funny, fascinating and provocative ways in “The Call,” a thoroughly engaging play by Tanya Barfield exploring the intricate relationship…

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

A late-night modern quartet – in the dark by Leslie Katz

San Francisco Performances’ administrator Christine Lim admits that the first of the group’s new, four-concert PIVOT series will be weird. “It’s going to be crazy … and crazy fun,…

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Baby, Johnny come alive in ‘Dirty Dancing’ by Leslie Katz

Does the world really need “Dirty Dancing–The Classic Story on Stage”? No. Is it a guilty pleasure for fans of a certain little 1987 flick? A qualified yes. Faithful to » The post…

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

‘Bridges’ tunefully spans decades with civil rights tales by Leslie Katz

“Bridges: A New Musical,” a world premiere at Berkeley Playhouse, covers a lot of ground. It’s also a keeper. With a book and lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis and catchy » The post ‘Br…

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Monday, February 22, 2016

White swan, black swan, love and death at S.F. Ballet by Leslie Katz

Good versus evil rarely has center stage in popular entertainment, unless it’s a movie based on Marvel Comics. We shy away from the big dichotomies because we feel we are » The post W…

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Aubergine’ tasty and satisfying by Leslie Katz

“Aubergine,” Julia Cho’s lovely theatrical meditation on food and family, goes down easy. Directed by Tony Taccone, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre world premiere is sweet, savory and a…

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Yaelisa reminisces in ‘Yo. Soy. Flamenca.’ by Leslie Katz

Bay Area flamenco great Yaelisa is doing something for the first time in performances this weekend: looking back. The San Francisco-born and bred dancer, who appears in the retrospective tit…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Paula West sings up a storm at Feinstein’s by Leslie Katz

“Do we need another version of ‘Someone To Watch Over Me”? I don’t think so,” said Paula West near the beginning of the opening night of her annual four-week residency » The p…

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

‘Fearless Symmetries’ highlights SF Ballet Program 2 by Leslie Katz

As composer John Adams calls his 1988 work “Fearful Symmetries” a “seriously aerobic piece,” it’s easy to understand why it’s been used for many ballets, and why Royal Ballet cho…

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Fou Fou Ha! clowns around conventions in ‘Whoa-Man!’ by Leslie Katz

“Whoa-Man!” is an avant-garde clown show that highlights the fool character to show audiences what’s true. That’s the aim of Maya Lane, founder of the performance troupe Fou Fou Ha!,…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fans keep working their way back to ‘Jersey Boys’ by Leslie Katz

“Jersey Boys” is here to stay. A decade after Broadway smash about the rise of the 1960s pop group The Four Seasons began its national tour at the Curran Theatre, » The post Fans ke…

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Monday, January 25, 2016

SF Ballet Program 1: Let’s hear it for the boys by Leslie Katz

What do you get when you mix choreographers Helgi Tomasson, Yuri Possokhov and William Forsythe in a program? One of the most diverse and satisfying concerts given by San Francisco » Th…

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Friday, January 22, 2016

S.F. Ballet 2016 gala offers classics, couples by Leslie Katz

San Francisco Ballet opened its 83rd season Thursday with lovely classics and lots of couples in a show not quite as “Provocative” as its one-word title promised. Playing to the » T…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Choreographer Hervé Koubi explores Algerian roots with ‘found’ brothers by Leslie Katz

Choreographer Hervé Koubi’s dance “What the Day Owes to the Night” is an intensely personal journey. “I had to give life to my orientalist dreams. … I had to do » The post Ch…

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Monday, January 11, 2016

S.F. Opera’s 94th season reaches out to new opera-goers by Leslie Katz

San Francisco Opera will offer new productions — including a world premiere tailor-made to draw attendance from the Bay Area’s large Chinese-American community, as well as restaged p…

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Beam up ‘Star Trek Live!’ for laughs by Leslie Katz

After a sold-out run in the fall, “Star Trek Live! Mudd’s Women” is back at Oasis, and what could be a better intergalactic kickoff to 2016? The spoof in the » The post Beam up …

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

‘Date Night’ a funny, thoughtful look at marriage and parenting by Leslie Katz

With a title like “Date Night at Pet Emergency,” Lisa Rothman’s one-woman show at the Marsh in Berkeley sounds like a wild affair filled with goofy gags and nonstop laughs. » The …

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Funny guy Seth MacFarlane takes his pop music seriously by Leslie Katz

For Seth MacFarlane, singing traditional pop songs with the San Francisco Symphony is an ideal way to spend New Year’s Eve. Last year, he was asked to appear with the » The post Funny…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Three-timer Wendy Liebman savors her S.F. kosher comedy by Leslie Katz

Headlining the 23rd annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy this week at San Francisco’s New Asia Restaurant, Wendy Liebman is holding a record – topping the holiday bill (of Jewish comics » …

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday fun for all in ‘Mittens and Mistletoe’ by Leslie Katz

Jasper Patterson’s got an excellent seasonal vocation. He gets to be the villain clown in “Mittens and Mistletoe.” “It’s been fun the past two years,” says Patterson, of his role…

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gospel greats Blind Boys of Alabama talk Christmas by Leslie Katz

For more than 70 years, the Blind Boys of Alabama have remained at the forefront of gospel. Led by founding member Jimmy Carter, the vocalists who met as children at » The post Gospel g…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

S.F. Opera rises to occasion in ‘Fall of the House of Usher’ by Leslie Katz

Though it may seem counterintuitive that a hoary American short story should provide the basis for an innovative new opera production, that is the case with San Francisco Opera’s U.S. …

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

‘Christmas Story’ musical brings movie’s charms to ‘next level’ by Leslie Katz

Christopher Swan has inviting words for theater patrons attending the musical “A Christmas Story,” particularly for the many who love the charming 1983 film on which it’s based: “It…

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Friday, November 20, 2015

‘Odysseo’ showcases human and horse symbiosis by Leslie Katz

Pioneering American psychologist Helen Thompson wrote, “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” And in watching “Odysseo,” we experience the incredible freedom of spirit between horse…

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

S.F. Opera captures majesty of ‘Meistersinger’ by Leslie Katz

Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” is perhaps the most quintessentially nationalistic of German operas, and at about five and a half hours, is one of the longest in the reperto…

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Bay Area Musicals! kicks off with ‘How to Succeed’ by Leslie Katz

Bay Area Musicals! founder and artistic director Matthew McCoy admits that he hasn’t undertaken the sanest endeavor, but he’s quite positive about the future of his new local theater tro…

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Fate vs. will pondered in pleasant ‘If/Then’ by Leslie Katz

It’s the 21st century, and Elizabeth seems to have it all. She’s actually Liz and Beth, and she’s the protagonist of “If/Then,” the pleasant if somewhat perplexing new musical …

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

San Francisco Performances’ Ruth Felt announces retirement by Leslie Katz

Ruth Felt, founder of San Francisco Performances, is about to step down after 36 years. The esteemed arts presenter, responsible for local recital debuts of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinists Anne…

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Busboys’ work-a-day world comes to light in ‘My Mañana Comes’ by Leslie Katz

Elizabeth Irwin’s “My Mañana Comes” brings to light what goes on behind the scenes at a high-class Manhattan eatery. And it ends with a big, effective jolt that clearly illustrates &#…

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Top-notch pro vocalists light up Cappella SF by Leslie Katz

There are hundreds of choruses in the Bay Area, but only one professional group singing a cappella music from all periods of the choral repertoire. That’s the niche Cappella SF » The …

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