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,  ...

China Doll

Some think that it is not kosher to review a play while it is still in previews, but, I don't live in New York any longer and my recent visit there was timed to coincide with other events. But how  ...

Hamilton

When a Broadway show gets uniformly rave reviews, I worry that the performance can't possibly live up to the hype. Not so with “Hamilton.” What makes “Hamilton” unforgettable, in addition to its creative concept by the mega-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In  ...

Home Fires

    Stories of English heroism during World War II never fail to inspire me. They also make me wonder how I would have managed had I lived in a rural English village, like the Cheshire village of  ...

Indian Summers – Season 1 on PBS Masterpiece

    This dramatic nine-part historical series recounts the 1930s summers spent at the station of Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, by a group of upper-crust British socialites as the ruling British Raj is beginning to  ...