Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight

Three couples, three bedrooms and a conference call. That’s the scenario. It’s two hours of pillow talk (and pillow shouting) among people who are trying to get their needs and desires met, but keep running into complications. “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight,” the new sexy comedy at the Windy  ...

The Dancer (1994)

        “Feet, feet, feet!” is the universal battle cry. Anyone who has taken ballet or modern dance class, and has heard it shouted from the front of the studio knows that first, last and always, it’s all about the feet, and their relationship  ...

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, San Diego

Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” pays homage to the fictional detective’s deductive reasoning skills to solve murder most foul by challenging the audience’s powers of observation as five actors portray more than three dozen characters in a dizzying display of costume-change prestidigitation worthy of The Magic Castle in  ...

Bent, LA

A play based on fact is a reflection of the time in which it is written as well as the time in which it is set. If revived, a further layer of dust accumulates. Martin Sherman’s “Bent” — a holocaust drama, written at the end of the sexually charged 1970s,  ...

Stupid Fucking Bird

Early in Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” Konstantin, the tortured artist playwright, laments the need for new expression in theater: “… to my mind, the modern theater is nothing but tradition and conventionality.” I mused about that speech during Sideshow Theatre’s “Stupid Fucking Bird” and decided Konstantin would have liked this  ...

Best of Enemies (2015)

      Why would a 2015 audience want to see a documentary about televised political debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley that occurred almost 50 years ago? Because “Best of Enemies” brilliantly recreates the fascinating, edgy 1968 TV dialogues between two intelligent giants  ...

Irrational Man (2015)

    Not all Woody Allen movies are brilliant, but all have merit in some shape or form. The dark comedy, “Irrational Man,” a superficial version of much finer Allen films (e.g., “Crimes and Misdemeanors” and “Match Point”), had enough of a pull to hold my interest despite  ...

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” now extended through August at the Mercury Theatre on Southport, deserves to be called a jukebox musical. It’s a rousing evening of Johnny Cash’s music—some 30 songs by Cash and other songwriters—performed by a talented group of musicians.   The  ...