Roman Vishniac Rediscovered

Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) was a photographer primarily known for his widely-circulated 1983 book, “A Vanished World,” which contains evocative black and white photographs of Eastern European Jews on the eve of World War II. Yet the breadth and  ...

Little Erik

"Little Eyolf," one of Henrik Ibsen’s lesser plays, has been updated and up-ended by writer and director Mark Jackson in the Aurora Theatre’s world premiere production of "Little Erik." In re-writing Ibsen’s 1894 plot into a superficially contemporary story about  ...

Architecture of Life

Berkeley, California, a small city with a big reputation, is famous for its branch of the University of California, with its high academic achievement, as well as its liberal politics, free speech movement and its sophisticated performing and visual arts.  ...

Downton Abbey, The Final Season

      “The world is a different place from the way it was, my Lord. And Downton Abbey must change with it,” Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) tells Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville).   It’s hard  ...

Forever Tango (2015-2016)

    Since 1990, Luis Bravo’s “Forever Tango,” an entertaining evening of South American music and dance, has been seen by over seven million people in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and now I know  ...

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

Writer and Director Amy Berg (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “West of Memphis”) has presented us with a wonderful holiday gift — an intimate documentary that chronicles of the life of one of rock’s most celebrated and talented stars of the  ...

Pirates of Penzance

        "The Hypocrites," an ebullient, talented young musical troupe from Chicago is storming the beaches of Berkeley Rep (and Penzance) in their loving send-up of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance." These performers  ...

Trumbo (2015)

    It was disheartening to read in the “Trumbo” publicity that the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, including the now-reviled House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), was a “forgotten piece of history.” On the other hand,  ...