Review: SF Opera presents “Madame Butterfly” (****)

by Charles Kruger Liana Haroutounian is unquestionably a great diva gifted with a magnificent instrument, insightful musicianship, and exceptional acting talent. But fans who recall her remarkable SF Opera debut as Tosca in 2014 could hardly be blamed for wondering whether she could be equally successful as the demur  and sorrowful Cio-Cio-San. Well, put all doubts to rest. Harotounian is […]

Review: ‘Edwardian Ball’ by Sean Taylor

Editor’s note:  Co-produced by the musical group Rosin Coven and the circus performance ensemble the Vau de Vire Society, the Edwardian Ball is an extravaganza like no other. (That’s “Edwardian” as in Edward Gorey, as well as the turn of the 20th century. Don’t worry if you are confused. In this instance, categories get well mixed.) The premise? […]

Review: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ at the Golden Gate Theatre (****)

by Charles Kruger Rating: **** (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is nothing more or less than a near perfect entertainment. It is not touching, or inspiring, or thought provoking, or challenging, or profound. It does nothing but amuse and enchant. As presented by a […]

Review: ‘Harvey’ at Town Hall Theatre Company (***1/2)

by Mark Johnson Rating: ***1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) The first thing that one notices when visiting the Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette is just how cozy it is. I can’t think of a more perfect environment in which to see their uneven, but overall very agreeable production of Mary Chase’s sentimental […]