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,  ...

Inspector Lewis: The Final Season

The very final three-episode season of “Inspector Lewis,” premiering Sunday, August 7, 2016 on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery, is a sad hail and farewell to the appealing characters and ingenious plot puzzles that began with Oxfordshire’s Detective Chief Inspector Endeavour Morse (John Thaw, 1942-2002) and his then Sergeant Robbie Lewis (Kevin  ...

Ruthless! The Musical

The Moxie Theatre caps off its current season with “Ruthless! The Musical,” a high-octane, campy cocktail that is equal parts “All About Eve,” “The Bad Seed,” “Gypsy” and “Mame,” with a dash of Hitchcock thrown in. The result is split-timing, side-splitting laughs.  ...

Sense and Sensibility, the Musical

Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” having delighted generations on the page and screen, is now a captivating musical making its West Coast Premiere at The Old Globe. The story hews faithfully to the fickle fate, flagging fortune and flowering romances of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor  ...

War Paint

My ratings for "War Paint": -- Scene design and costumes? Four stars. -- Performances of its leading actors? Three stars plus. -- Sophistication and nuances of its story, smart dialogue, quality of music and lyrics? Two stars. "War Paint" is Goodman Theatre’s latest production to show off its  ...

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  ...