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Theater Review: RICHARD III at African-American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco

Murder should be more fun: ‘Richard III’ at the African-American Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare’s Richard III is sometimes classified as a history, sometimes as a tragedy. The political subject matter is historical. The plot is tragedy-like in its high drama and high body count. The play lacks a tragic hero, though. Instead, we get a tragic villain: the manipulative Duke of Gloucester...
Twin Peaks The Return - Cooper and Palmer in the Red Room

Twin Peaks gets 9 Emmy noms, including David Lynch for outstanding directing

As was widely predicted, Twin Peaks has received several Emmy nominations. The reboot, featuring 18 one-hour episodes aired on Showtime last year, was the successor to the original hit series which ran for two seasons in 1990 (back when Madonna's "Vogue" was topping the charts). Mark Frost and David Lynch,...
Saul Bass Anatomy of a Murder Title Sequence Analysisvideo

On Saul Bass and the art of movie title sequences

If you enjoy the art that is movie title sequences then you likely already know Saul Bass. Before Bass, title sequences -- credits that typically appear before a movie begins -- were generally rote and simply relayed information about names of various people involved in the projects. Things like the...
San Francisco Opera - The Ring Video Interview

What’s Happening: The Ring at San Francisco Opera is bold, modern, and a must-see (VIDEO)

In case you missed it, Wagner's Ring is in town. San Francisco Opera is staging the German composer's epic work, The Ring of the Nibelung, once again. Given the buzz, it seems the show is one of the year's biggest and not-to be-missed. Director Francesca Zambello recently sat down with Loni...

Backstage Video: Touring LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil (Now in Boston)

A Waking Dream of Mexico. It's called Luzia -- in Spanish, "light" and "rain". Cirque du Soleil's spectacular show is now touring the country, and in this video Stark Insider goes backstage under the Big Top to learn about the magic behind-the-scenes. Once again, there's plenty of acrobatics, incredible soaring stunts,...
Soft Power Theater Review - The Curran, San Francisco

The progressive dream of ‘Soft Power’

On November 29, 2015, the “most famous American Chinese playwright” was stabbed in the neck. That’s David Henry Hwang the real, award-winning playwright, and also David Henry Hwang the character in his own play Soft Power (currently at the SF Curran), and also David Henry Hwang the character in the...
Wild at Heart (David Lynch) screening

Francis Ford Coppola, Amber Tamblyn to headline David Lynch’s 2018 Festival of Disruption in Los Angeles

It's happening again. David Lynch has revealed the lineup for the next Festival of Disruption. Read on for the details here on Stark Insider. And don't forget: keep your eye on the donut not on the hole. Famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Amber Tamblyn are among those appearing on...
Quixote Nuevo - Cal Shakes Review by Ilana Walder Biesanz

Don Quixote rides (a tricycle) again at Cal Shakes

His quest is pointless, and often destructive. But he is fiercely loved by his family, neighbors, former students, and squire. May we all be so blessed.
Tuck & Patti - San Francisco Jazz Festival Review

36th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival in Full Swing: Tuck & Patti (Review)

The repertoire of Tuck and Patti deftly illustrates the purpose of this venue — bring people together across the Americas to celebrate music, love and life.