Review: “La Traviata” at SF Opera (**1/2)

by  Charles Kruger Sometimes a soufflê just won’t rise. “La Traviata” boasts one of the loveliest scores in the entire Verdi repertoire with soaring melodies, thrilling orchestrations, charming choruses, and exquisite opportunities for bel canto singing. But, even the loveliest music and most enticing story requires some commitment on the part of the artists to […]

Review: ‘Hamlet’ at A.C.T. (***1/2)

by Charles Kruger It has been said of “Hamlet” that the poetic and philosophical content is so rich, the characters so perfectly realized, the plotting so masterfully intricate, the humor and tragedy so delicately balanced, that it is impossible for any production to completely fail. I get the point, but I’ve seen some Hamlets (emphatically […]

Review: ‘Hair’ at the Great Star Theatre (***)

by Sean Taylor I spent August 4th, 2017, listening, fifty years after its original production, to the first step that “Hair”  took at the Great Star Theater. Does it hold up? Is it a dance step or a forced march? Is it embarrassed after all these years? It certainly had a spring in its step. […]

Kat Robichaud’s ‘Misfit Cabaret’ — Looking back at “Cinephilia” and ahead to “Horror Show”

By Sean Taylor Kat Robichaud has carved out a unique place for herself and company with her serial perofmances at The Great Star Theater in North Beach, under the umbrella “Misfit Cabaret.” Previous editions included “Whimsea” (July, 2016) and “Wilde Women” (December, 2016). More recently, she was at it again with her second installment of the […]