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Cal Performances - Ibsen's An Enemy of the People Schaubühne, Berlin

Ibsen, with a side of local groupthink

Is truth more important than democracy? In Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a doctor discovers that a spa town’s water source is polluted. He makes enemies as he tries to spread the news, which is sure to hurt the town economy. The attacks make him realize that the problem...
SWEAT Theater Review - ACT San Francisco

Blood, Sweat and Tears at the ACT

The world of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco) is unfamiliar to many coastal theater-goers (certainly to me). It’s a steel town where factory jobs are passed down through the generations. Most people go straight from the factory to the line, where hard work is rewarded with...
Review: Common with the San Francisco Symphony

In Review: Common with the San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony will launch its bold new 2018-2019 season with an opening night gala on September 5th, featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman. Proceeds from that gala will benefit the Symphony’s many artistic, education and community programs. The first week of September also will include the “All San Francisco...
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...
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...
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.