Love’s Labor’s Lost

Here’s a suggestion: Take a three year break from sins of the flesh, as well as fine food and even sleep, to pursue academics. What, no takers? Welcome to “Love’s Labor’s Lost.” This ‘intellectual vacation’ is the brain child of Ferdinand, King of Navarre (Jonny Orsini), who recruits  ...

The People vs. Fritz Bauer (2015)

Fritz Bauer isn't exactly a household name in the United States--nor, I suspect, in Germany, his birthplace. And yet it was Bauer, a Jew who fled Germany before the Holocaust and returned after World War II, who tracked down Adolf Eichmann, the initiator and  ...

Eva Hesse (2016) – documentary

Eva Hesse had a short but important and impactful career as one of America’s foremost post-war artists. She was way ahead of her time with a style that was all her own - a post minimalist using mixed media such as fiberglass, latex and plastics. This self-titled documentary, chronicles  ...

You Never Can Tell

“You Never Can Tell” is an early work of Shaw’s, written in 1896, while he was still honing his craft. He wanted to both entertain and educate his audience, and mainly he accomplished this, for the play as written is largely lighthearted and breezy, yet contains sparks of Shaw’s philosophy  ...

Baby Doll

“Baby Doll?” Does the name sound familiar, but you cannot recall where you saw it? The answer is that “Baby Doll” was originally a screenplay written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan in 1956. It took the current adaptation by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann to bring  ...

Ed Ruscha and the Great American West

The fresh and creative Ed Ruscha retrospective at San Francisco’s de Young Museum celebrates the artist’s spare and inventive artwork, which simultaneously memorializes and satirizes the American West. The artist’s attraction to popular culture, Pop-commercial graphics and use of words in his art has continued throughout his long  ...

Meteor Shower

Astronomers are heralding this year’s Perseid meteor shower as a “once-in-a-decade outburst.” Outbursts of a different sort reign supreme in Steve Martin’s new play “Meteor Shower,” having its world premiere at The Old Globe. The year is 1993, on a warm summer night in backcountry, spiritually-centric Ojai,  ...

Double Toasted: The Double Year Anniversary

By Andrew Osborne Sure, lots of people have podcasts, and some of those podcasts even have fans...but DoubleToasted.com has a congregation (and that’s just for the Sunday Service, one of five R-rated, live-streaming weekly video broadcasts covering movies, video games, politics, dating advice, and whatever else the rotating ensemble  ...

Equity (2016)

It’s not just the men that are swimming with sharks these days. Women may be the minority on Wall Street, but alive and present, ready to kick ass and take numbers. It’s a couple of these shrewd and ambitious women who are at the heart of the new financial thriller,  ...