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Culture, Stage Smells Like Queen Spirit

Smells Like Queen Spirit

A few weeks ago, the Allianz insurance firm began legal proceedings against the German pop star Nena for turning up intoxicated for a corporate gig. The "99 Red Balloons" singer shocked the assembled crowd of insurance employees when she stumbled…
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Culture, Encore

Our critics weigh in on local theater

11th Annual Comedy Night at the Geary Geary Theater, 415 Geary (at Mason), 749-2228. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Post Street Theatre, 450 Post (at Mason), 321-2900. Andronicus The Next Stage, 1620 Gough (at Bush), Trinity Episcopal Church,…
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Culture, Stage

So Cheap It's Free

On and around Oct. 20, 85 theaters across the Bay Area will open their doors to the public at no cost as part of the "Free Night of Theater" campaign aimed at expanding stage audiences. I'm not talking about a…
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Culture, Stage

Picks and Pits

Go ahead, stroll casually into the Geary Theater, where American Conservatory Theater's rewarding production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (directed by Barbara Damashek) has just opened, and try remaining indifferent to set designer Kate Edmunds' bold and provocative vision of…
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Culture, Stage

Adrift

"We are such stuff as dreams are made on," a torn and emotional Prospero says near the end of The Tempest, Shakespeare's brilliant homage to the magic of theater. For director Carey Perloff and American Conservatory Theater, these dreams take…
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Culture, Stage

Love's Labors

"What do you want?" is the recurring question in Stephen Wadsworth's elegant translation/adaptation of Changes of Heart, Marivaux's 1723 French comedy now playing at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. As each of the characters begins to grapple with the answer, each must…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Night+Day

wednesday january 10 Skin Flick Film targets the eyes. Horror targets the body. Georges Franju's 1959 horror film The Eyes Without a Face combines these attacks with its tale of a surgeon who literally lifts the skin off the face…
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Culture, Stage

Aisle Seat

ACTing Out The rumor buzzing in the ranks at ACT is that associate artistic director Benny Sato Ambush went straight to the dailies with his resignation a couple of weeks ago because that's where he read he wasn't slated to…
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