Love and Information, NY

They Know You Exist Caryl Churchill’s "Love and Information" is a solid one-hour play that happens to run for a little under two hours. Its fifty-seven scenes are connected thematically and not narratively, featuring over one hundred characters who are all struggling with the same problem: deciding  ...

The Who and the What, San Diego

Family dramedies have a formula. The first half introduces the family and fellow travelers, their zany personality tics and the explosive revelations that could be their undoing. The second half exposes those revelations and sorts out the mess. The first section, introducing characters to the audience, is relatively  ...

Moby-Dick, Washington, DC

The Washington National Opera production of “Moby-Dick” is a crowd pleaser. Jake Heggie’s music is tonal, sometimes glancing off Puccini, but ventures out with touches of Philip Glass minimalism and other occasions of atonality that make it satisfyingly contemporary. Maestro Evan Rogister adeptly handles a large orchestra and cast that  ...

Salinger (2013)

    After reading David Denby’s “The New Yorker” review of the documentary about J.D. Salinger, which has recently been released for public consumption, I felt somewhat smugly satisfied at my lack of desire to see the movie myself, although I am a die-hard fan of the author.   ...

Napoli! San Francisco

      “Napoli!,” a robust entertaining World War II comedy/drama by the great Italian playwright Eduardo De Filippo (1900-1984), revolves around the boisterous, amusing Neapolitan Jovine family, who turns to selling black-market goods to friends and neighbors in order to survive. But beyond the laughs, the  ...

The LEGO Movie (2014)

The LEGO Movie is a prime example of why movie theater owners are right to complain about trailers. I felt like I saw the movie and was ready to love it before I even walked in the door. Imagine my disappointment when it ended up being different than the advertising  ...

An interview with David Hyde Pierce

The "Frasier" alum was nominated in 2013 for his performance as Vanya in the play and returns to direct the show's L.A. run at the Mark Taper Forum through March 9. In an era where actors seem to be migrating away from movies to television, David Hyde Pierce transitioned to theater  ...

The Winter’s Tale, San Diego

  In the classic Mel Brooks routine 2000-year-old Man, Brooks’ character says one of the keys to his longevity is eating nectarines. ‘Half a peach, half a plum, it's a hell of a fruit.’ “The Winter’s Tale” is somehow similar: half a tragedy, half a comedy, it’s a strange  ...

Classic TV: DVD Review of “The Comedian”

The penultimate teleplay in The Criterion Collections’ DVD set called The Golden Age of Television is the 1957 Playhouse 90 broadcast of Rod Serling’s The Comedian, originally aired on February 14th, 1957. And it’s one of the best of the eight teleplays. It is also the third and final telepay  ...