Cy Ashley Webb
Instead of a futuristic netherland, this Jennifer Haley play feels like a virtual Second Life crossed with regions of the dark web, with forays down the Silk Road. If that makes you squeamish, the San Francisco Playhouse production of 'The Nether' hits the mark.
Not only does the script retain dialogue essential to the spirit of the thing, it's iconic moments give you the same hit as the original, with Arron Fried’s delectable Cowardly Lion infused with concentrated essence of Bert Lahr.
Looking at the cultural cradle that these greats rock out of, we reconstitute ourselves again, not as polarized ions, clinging to one positive or negative charge, but as whole people.
Every move of Felder’s seems carefully calibrated to a degree that would be stagey on a lesser actor. Here, however, it gives rise to a delightful particularity that reveals his respect for his subject and his audience
Those who follow dance have known all along, but Smuin Ballet offers up an alternative to seasonal entertainment. This might be especially appealing if you’ve OD-ed on Nutcrackers, Messiahs, and Scrooges. Smuin’s two act “Christmas Ballet” celebrates its 21st anniversary on Bay Area stages. Act I, dubbed “Classical Christmas,” presents 14 short...
The phenomenal power generated by these dancers executing precisely articulated steps so rapidly that their lower limbs and feet blur is intensified all the more because, as with most Irish dances of this style, the upper torso remains absolutely still.
You don’t have to be familiar with yelling, “Where’s the duck tape? Where’s the Stage Manager?” or even have pondered how good actors can have sex with bad actors to delight in this well-paced wonder.