Review: “Vanity Fair” at A.C.T. (****1/2)

by Charles Kruger Admirers of William Thackeray’s comic Victorian masterpiece, “Vanity Fair” can rejoice! Kate Hamill’s fabulous adaptation has captured all the humor, lightheartedness and satirical wit of the original and shaken off every bit of Victorian dust. The result is pure delight.  This presentation of the adventures of the poor but exceedingly clever social […]

Review: ‘Jenůfa’ at San Francisco Opera (*****)

by Charles Kruger There is no doubt that Leoš Jánaĉek’s “Jenůfa” is a great and accessible 20th century masterpiece. This accessibility is surprising, given that “Jenůfa” has few of the trappings of the most popular grand operas: there are no tuneful arias, no rousing marches, no easy to remember melodies. The score is irresistibly musical, yet gives […]

Review: ‘Champion: an Opera in Jazz’ at SFJAZZ

by Victor Cordell Rating: ****1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.)   Tragedy from the Jaws of Victory Prize fights end with a glorious winner, arms raised in triumph — each combatant hoping to return to the ring another day. But this time was different. At the flashing hands of Emile Griffith, who […]