Dry Land

Two teen-aged girls on a Florida high school swim team navigate the precarious path to female adulthood and friendship in Ruby Rae Spiegel’s honest, meaningful and intense 90-minute drama, “Dry Land.” It premiered in New York City when Spiegel was only 21 years old, and the author captures fully the  ...

Native Gardens

A young couple buys a fixer-upper in an older affluent neighborhood only to discover a fence, hastily installed by the previous owner, shortchanges their property line by two feet. Breaking the news to their neighbors – who, unaware of the misalignment, have for years invested time, money and ego into  ...

New Century Chamber Orchestra

We love to put people in boxes. She's progressive, he's conservative. This music is twelve-tone, that music is minimalist. But the final concert of San Francisco's New Century Chamber Orchestra showed how artificial these divisions are. Music is supposed to communicate, otherwise what's the point? And this beautifully assembled program  ...

The Originalist

"The Originalist" profiles one term in the career of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The Court Theatre production, directed by Molly Smith, proves that although Scalia may have been a “monster,” as his opponents called him (to his delight), he was really a charming monster. The story  ...

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a poignant tale about how women have suffered in Afghanistan under a patriarchal culture and a series of repressive regimes. It’s an important story, but in this case, it’s weighed down by the sheer volume of tragedy. Adapted from the novel by Khaled  ...

What the Constitution Means to Me

Heidi Schreck, talented award-winning playwright (“Grand Concourse”) TV writer (“Billions”), and Obie award-winning actress (“Drum Of The Waves Of Horikawa”) returns to Berkeley with an appealing extemporization that wafts between a recitation of her scholarship-winning high school speech about the Constitution and the personal history of four generations of women  ...

Soft Power

I must admit to having looked forward to seeing a new work by David Henry Hwang -- “M. Butterfly” and “Yellow Face” stand out in my mind – I have loved every one I have seen. But I also must own up to my concern at the mentions of last  ...

On Chesil Beach (2017)

Entering the Independent Film Festival Boston screening of "On Chesil Beach" with spotty recollections of the source material (a 2007 novella by Ian McEwan), it was easy to misremember the setting of the period drama -- not the physical location, which is right there in the title, but rather the  ...