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,  ...

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  ...