Arts & Events

Theater Review: 'Emilie,' by Symmetry Theatre at the Berkeley City Club

By Ken Bullock
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 04:43:00 PM

"Sometimes Truth is snuffed out by bombast." In the old salon of the Berkeley City Club, now of course a theater, a lady from the salons of the early 18th century introduces herself as Emilie, La Marquise Du Chatelet--and gasps for breath. She's dead, and throughout the play will narrate her remarkable life, with many asides. -more-


Duelling Theater Reviews: The Member of the Wedding at Hayward’s DMT Theater

By Ken Bullock and John A. McMullen II
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 05:48:00 PM
Katy Hidalgo, Alexaendrai Bond, Ruby Buckwalter.

Editor's Note: We are always pleased when two or more of our several excellent critics—who make their own assignments—chose the same production to review . These two couldn't be more different. Oh well, à chacun son goût. -more-


DON'T MISS THIS: Nixon in China and More

By Dorothy Snodgrass
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 04:13:00 PM

Get out your engagement calendar, friends. You can't imagine all the great things happening in the bay area this summer -- art, drama, opera and movies, all richly deserving of your time and attention. -more-


Gems from the Global Film Initiative-- The Light Thief: A Small Gem from Kyrgyzstan

Reviewed by Gar Smith
Saturday June 16, 2012 - 03:31:00 PM

In 2010, Kyrgyzstan saw one of its films nominated for an Academy Award—a first for the small, landlocked Asian country. The Light Thief (now available on DVD from the Global Film Institute—see contact info below) is a soulful little film that captures critical moments in the lives of villagers in a small, wind-raked community at the feet of the Alai Mountains. -more-


Turn Me On, Dammit! Opens Today at the Shattuck Landmark Theaters

By Gar Smith
Thursday June 14, 2012 - 03:39:00 PM

Writer-filmmaker Jannicke Systad Jacobsen sets the scene of her new film with an opening collection of desolate landscape shots from the outback of rural Norway accompanied by a voice-over from 15-year-old Alma: "Empty road." "Another empty road." "Empty road with tractor." "Stupid sheep." "Stupid hay." It's clear that Alma feels trapped in a small village that she would rather escape. It's also clear that Alma feels trapped in a body that's caught between youthful innocence and the emerging fever of primal lust. -more-


New: AROUND & ABOUT THEATER: Inferno Theatre Community-Building Benefit June 23 at South Berkeley Community Church

By Ken Bullock
Saturday June 16, 2012 - 11:19:00 AM

Inferno Theatre, the small but impressive company founded just a couple of years ago by Giulio Cesare Perrone--perhaps best-known locally as a set designer and past administrator of the remarkable Dell'Arte School of Theater in Humboldt County--has staged his original plays about Galileo's theories and personal life ('Galileo's Daughters') and divine intervention in the all-too-human Trojan War ('The Iliad') at the City Club, in San Jose and elsewhere--and now in partnership with the historic South Berkeley Community Church--showing unusual care with the sets and props and the physical dimension of the acting. -more-