Swing Time

Although it is commendable that Zadie Smith’s latest novel, "Swing Time," is ambitious and somewhat interesting, it seems to fall short of its lofty goals. That being said, there is still no denying that Smith is an exceptional writer whom it is never a waste of time to invest reading  ...

Just Mercy

There has probably never been a more appropriate title for a book than “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson. This book is about striving for justice against unsurmountable odds. This book is about sweet mercy that some need and deserve more than others ... and then some. It is a non-fiction/memoire  ...

Exit West

"Exit West," by Mohsin Hamid is a creative, complex, deeply felt saga that reads almost fable-like. Set in an unnamed Middle Eastern City on the brink of civil war, readers are introduced to the main characters of Nadia and Saeed on the brink of falling in love. They  ...

BalletX

BalletX’s Spring Series currently in an extended run at the Wilma Theater, comprised of three distinctly different ballets that are exemplar of the company’s versatility - from the broad dance comedy of choreographer Cayetano Soto to Tommie-Waheed Evans’ meditative dance journey and capped off by an intoxicating dance carnavale by  ...

Battlefield

“Battlefield,” prodigious director Peter Brook’s unusual new offering, presents a small portion of the “Mahabharata," the ancient Sanskrit epic poem about the disastrous war between two branches of a large ruling family. In 1987, Brook famously presented his nine-hour version of the “Mahabharata” to the acclaim  ...

Travels With My Aunt

A retired English banker, who wants nothing more then to tend his dahlia bulbs, has his quiet country life commandeered by an estranged aunt, long past her salad days but not too old to juggle lovers, dodge gangsters and attract the attention of the CIA in "Travels  ...

Cinderella

Christopher Wheeldon’s co-production with Dutch National Ballet of “Cinderella” is dance theater, conceived of in that genre’s finest tradition, but by no means limited by it. A marvelous scenic design team headed by costume and set designer Julian Crouch, yields projections by Daniel Brodie, dancing tree and carriage sequences  ...

Tosca, LAOpera

“Tosca” … it is Puccini … what’s not to like? True, and it is probably his best opera. But LAOpera’s current production is a “Tosca” to love, not simply like. With glorious voices that are every bit a match for the soaring orchestra under James Conlon’s baton, the two hour  ...

Risa Jaroslow & Dancers with Lisa Mezzacappa

Dancers often collaborate with musicians as composers, accompanists and performers. We have seen many dances accompanied by pianists onstage, and sometimes small chamber groups. But Jaroslow/Mezzacappa’s “Touch Bass” brings three bass instruments together with three dancers. All six, musicians as well as dancers participate in  ...