“National Gallery” (2014)

How do we look when we’re looking at art? That’s one of the intriguing facets of this gorgeous art tour of London’s National Gallery. Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, "National Gallery", which opened in November, shows us many scenes of faces looking  ...

Irish Theatre’s “Shining City”

The scene is a dingy therapist’s office in Dublin. Ian (Coburn Goss), a former priest, is preparing his new office for his first client. Over the course of the 100-minute, five-scene, production, the office is the scene of poignant therapy  ...

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

“Four dead fellas, two dead cats … me hairstyle ruined! Did I miss anything?” That’s the culmination of Martin McDonagh’s grisly black comedy, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore", now being crisply staged by Aston Rep at the Raven Theatre.  ...

David Bowie Is, Chicago

"David Bowie Is" Chicago Exhibit Reveals a Cultural Icon, Beyond the Pop David Bowie was born September 16, 1965. Actually, that’s the day that 18-year-old David Jones legally assumed the name that became famous. This is one piece of  ...

The Whaleship Essex

  Tales of the whale—the commercial treasure and leviathan of the sea—and the sailors who set out in wooden ships to hunt them, are endlessly fascinating. Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” stands as one of the great adventure stories of world  ...

My Name Is Asher Lev

  Asher Lev is an artist, a round-faced, cherubic artist whose paintings horrify his deeply religious Hasidic parents and community. “My gift is demonic and divine. It has the power to hurt and the power to heal,” he says at  ...

A Master Builder (2014)

  Sometimes it’s best to ignore the source of an adaptation and let the new work stand on its own. That works well with this excellent new adaptation of the 1893 Henrik Ibsen play “The Master Builder,” converted to film  ...