Master Harold and the Boys

In Apartheid-era South Africa, black lives are matter to be exploited for their usefulness. They keep a social system limping along that is congenitally hobbled by class and caste, defined vindictively by race, and subordinating its inhabitants accordingly. Three characters appear in this one-act play, brilliantly constructed by Athol Fugard,  ...

Fences, California Shakespeare Theater

Cal Shakes’ revival of the great 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Fences” by the illustrious August Wilson (1945-2005) is still vigorous and vital. With the passage of time, and under the direction of Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the two-act play becomes even more fascinating and thought-provoking for its black historical context.  ...

Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco

Some Bay Area movie-goers have called the annual Jewish Film Festival their favorite Jewish holiday, and you'd have to witness the excited queue outside San Francisco's Castro Theater on opening night to understand why. This year's 36th edition, running from July 21st to August 7th in various Bay Area  ...

Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens, an estate in the Hamptons, gained national attention through the mid 70’s documentary by David and Albert Maysles. The brothers were originally contacted by Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill, who were hoping to drum up some interest by the brothers for the sisters’ own self-promotion. In  ...

Between Riverside and Crazy

The setting was once a large and elegant apartment on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. There’s a spacious living room and a view of the Hudson River. The place has a cluttered, messy vibe, and the Christmas tree is still up in mid-summer. The apartment looks as if  ...

The Music Of Strangers (2015)

We all want to be loved. We all want to belong. But what do you do if your house is bombed and everyone in it dies? Do you become bitter, or take the high road? And what do you do if your country is being systemically destroyed by forces within  ...

Interview with John Leguizamo

Toba Singer: What has been the evolution of your career? Did you welcome the chance to move out of the comedy club circuit to theater, film, and TV? John Leguizamo: I didn’t do much time in comedy clubs: I did my initial work in performance arts theaters. I  ...

Georgia O’Keeffe, Tate Modern, London

A major new retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe at London’s Tate Modern seeks to challenge standard attitudes to and interpretation of her work as “flowers that look like vaginas”. It was the artist’s husband, amongst others, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who hinted that her work had overtly sexual overtones, that the  ...

Café Society

Starting with the plain white opening titles against a black background, Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy, "Café Society," has all the earmarks of earlier Allen rom-coms: an Allen avatar with a Jewish background, a beautiful love interest (or two), a score consisting of mid-twentieth-century standards. Some people will  ...