SAN FRANCISCO OPERA'S 'SHOWBOAT' SIZZLES
By Richard Scheinin
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"Show Boat" docked Sunday at the War Memorial Opera House to open San Francisco Opera's summer season. You may already know its story line, which ranges across 40 turbulent years of American history. You certainly know its tunes. You absolutely should experience this production.
There's actor and comic Bill Irwin, as Cap'n Andy Hawks, who is all fluid motion and spark-plug energy: clowning, moon-walking or floating like Fred Astaire. His face is plastic. He is pure expression and heart -- an unforgettable performance.