Jersey Boys (2014)

As an old rock and roller who first listened to music on a small AM radio many years ago, it’s a pleasure for me to see rock and roll groups like the Four Seasons now in the Hollywood and Broadway  ...

Endeavour (Season 2), PBS

A welcome new season of “Endeavour,” the prequel to the legendary “Inspector Morse” series, revisits young Detective Constable Endeavour Morse of the Oxford City Police CID as he hones his deductive powers in four complex new episodes set in the  ...

Third Person (2013)

I kept watching “Third Person” with curiosity, despite the inner voice in my head chiding me. The plot is disjointed, the dialogue is clumsy, and some of the acting is sub-par, yet I found myself involved with some of the  ...

American Buffalo, Berkeley

David Mamet’s searing 1975 masterpiece about a botched robbery by three Chicago low-lifes fizzled rather than sizzled through its opening night at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre. Not that the play isn’t worth seeing, it is. But this production of "American Buffalo"  ...

The Double (2013)

“The Double,” an ambitious, artistic, and psychologically unsettling film based on a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, explores the life of a timid introverted government clerk, Simon James (excellent Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”), whose lonely existence renders voyeurism his only  ...

Intimate Impressionism, U.S. Tour

“Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art” is an engaging exhibition of 68 pieces of excellent, small-scale Impressionist and post-Impressionist portraits, landscapes and still lifes created between 1860-1910 by unparalleled artists, including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh  ...

Mr. Selfridge, Season 2, PBS

In the well-written, well-acted second season of “Mr. Selfridge,” five years have passed since season 1 began with brash and impetuous American Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”) revolutionizing the London shopping experience. The eight episodes of season 2 start  ...

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013)

      Like the Broadway doyen herself, the documentary, “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” is brilliant, funny caustic, critical and tender. What might have been merely a sycophantic airbrushed view of Ms. Stritch and her marvelous talents,  ...

Napoli! San Francisco

      “Napoli!,” a robust entertaining World War II comedy/drama by the great Italian playwright Eduardo De Filippo (1900-1984), revolves around the boisterous, amusing Neapolitan Jovine family, who turns to selling black-market goods to friends and  ...