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Different Strokes for Different Folks

George Heymont | Posted 02.13.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Every now and then when I'm searching for a theme to write about, I find inspiration in a most unusual source: serendipitous calendaring.

Shaping a Show One Pixel at a Time

George Heymont | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

As a musical sampling of the sounds that emerged from Motown, one can't do better than starting with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Bye Bye Baby," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," and moving on through the catalog to "I'll Be There," "What's Going On," and "You Are The Sunshine of My Life."

Norma at San Francisco Opera

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Call me Norma. I am a Druidic priestess and I have a tool shed. My toolshed is in the Druidic barn (did we have barns back in ancient Gaul? never mind) and that's where I keep the kids I bore Pollione, our Roman enemy.

Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton Shine in New Production of Norma at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.10.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The production elements are not heaven sent. The set designs of David Korins are clever, but confusing and cluttered. The Kong-size doors, the ready abundance of knives, spears and scythes, keep the eyes very busy and the questions coming.

Different Strokes for Different Folks

George Heymont | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new works for voice written by two contemporary American composers to be performed in two theatres located two blocks away from each other. No matter what lens one uses to compare these works it's crystal clear that one has a bright future ahead of it while the other does not.

First Nighter: Motown: The Musical Gives the Customers What They Came For

David Finkle | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Maybe Motown: The Musical would have been best off not as part reality-show Dreamgirls but as a straight-out Motortown Revue 2013, which it almost is anyway.

Donyale Werle and David Korins: Creating a Show's Physical World

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

Bad set design can make an otherwise good production appear false and a pitiful play can be made all the more horrible by confusing environs.

First Nighter: In the Wake, Lisa Kron's New Play, Has What It Takes

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

This comedy-laced drama sends audiences staggering into the streets from its power to shake up previous assumptions about the requirements needed for leading a fulfilling political and personal life.