The Constant Wife – W. Somerset Maugham

Our review of the Amercian Conservatory Theater production of the play Well yes, it's dated, the battles of the sexes, but not because there has been a clear winner. Especially in the corner of  ...

Shameless

"Now, no one is sayin’ that Chatsworth Estate is the Garden of Eden," says Frank Gallagher at the beginning of the British comedy/drama series Shameless. What follows is a succinct, funny montage of characters and setting, culminating in a  ...

Canterbury Tales

It’s fascinating to watch a classic updated. Shakespeare is the author most often recast into the modern era, with Richard II transplanted into 1930s Britain, Macbeth into the world of small time gangsters, Hamlet into the intrigues of 21st  ...

The Dazzle – Richard Greenberg

In Richard Greenberg's fascinating and flawed new play, The Dazzle, the central character, Langley Collyer, seems to be a direct descendant of some weird Swiftian creation. Collyer has a whole mansion that he fills with the things (here, imagine  ...

The Astronaut Farmer

The Astronaut Farmer has an improbable back-story that emerges as the plot trudges forward. It stars Billy Bob Thornton as Charles Farmer, the father, husband, and washed-up astronaut-in-training of the film’s title. Farmer’s own  ...

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia is a delightful surprise among the rash of banal and tasteless family movies. It explores the small and large issues that children wrestle with as they grow… schoolyard bullies, loneliness, friendship,  ...

Casino Royale

It’s a pleasure to write a review of a good film, especially for one that I was prepared to find derivative and tired. But Casino Royale has all the best attributes of a James Bond film without any of the  ...