Rachel (2009)

Rachel (2009)Directed by Simone BittonFrance/Israel/Belgium Hebrew/Arabic/ EnglishRun Time : 101 minuteswww.sfjff.orgWe like to think we're on the side of the angels, and practice right action, as our Buddhist friends would say. And I suppose we like to think that  ...

Good Books for Hard Times

Good Books for Hard TimesReprinted with permission from  the author, San Francisco Chronicle. Sunday, March 8, 2009    "In a democratic society, where every individual opinion counts, [literature's] incomparable ability to instruct, to make alternatives intellectually and emotionally clear, to  ...

A Doll’s House, London

A Doll’s HouseBy Henrik Ibsen
In a new version by Zinnie Harris
Director: Kfir Yefet
Donmar Warehouse, London
May 14, July 18, 2009
http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/This is a compelling new production of Ibsen’s seminal 1879 drama about the inequality of women in marriage. Gillian Anderson, leading  ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

Summer Shakespeare Festival
by Edmond Rostand
The Old Globe 
San Diego
June 13-September 27, 2009 (In Repertory)
www.TheOldGlobe.org 
Brendan Griffin as “Christian” and Patrick Page as “Cyrano de Bergerac” . Photo by Craig Schwartz. The 2009 Old Globe Shakespeare Festival opens with Cyrano  ...

Present Laughter

Present Laughter 

by Noël Coward
Dublin: Gate Theatre July 14th to August 5th, 2009
http://www.gate-theatre.ie/Written as a patently self-serving vehicle for the aging Noël Coward, Present Laughter at the Gate looks tailor-fit to its star, Stephen Brennan. Brennan has played this  ...

Séraphine (2008)

Séraphine (2008)Directed by Martin ProvostWritten by Martin Provost and Marc AbdelnourStarring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Genevieve Mnich, Nico RognerRun Time: 121 minutesMPAA Rating: Unratedhttp://www.seraphinemovie.com/Séraphine was France’s equivalent to Slumdog Millionaire at last year’s French Academy Awards. A  ...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth NightSummer Shakespeare Festivalby William ShakespeareThe Old GlobeSan DiegoJune 13-September 27, 2009 (In Repertory)http://www.TheOldGlobe.org/Patrick Page as Malvolio. Photo: Craig Schwartz.Twelfth Night is one of the most celebrated of Shakespeare’s plays, possibly for its easy-to-follow plot, but also for its  ...

Twelfth Night

Twelfth NightSummer Shakespeare Festivalby William ShakespeareThe Old GlobeSan DiegoJune 13-September 27, 2009 (In Repertory)http://www.TheOldGlobe.org/Patrick Page as Malvolio. Photo: Craig Schwartz.Twelfth Night is one of the most celebrated of Shakespeare’s plays, possibly for its easy-to-follow plot, but also for its  ...

Hunger (2008)

Hunger (2008) Directed by Steve McQueenWritten by Steve McQueen and Enda WalshStarring: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahonhttp://www.ifcfilms.com/viewFilm.htm?filmId=1197Most people over the age of forty have heard of Bobby Sands. Anyone who was in Ireland in  ...