SXSW 2017: The Rest of the Fest

Previously on Culture Vulture, I shared the Top Five Films I saw at Austin's 2017South-by-Southwest Festival. And now, my picks for additional SXSW hits and misses, coming soon to a theater, festival, streaming service, or VR headset near you! THE GOOD:  ...

Temple

“Temple,” a U.S. premiere production at the Aurora Theatre, is a powerful exposition on how the religious officials of London’s St. Paul Cathedral reacted to the Occupy movement’s 2011 encampment outside Sir Christopher Wren’s renowned church. Artfully directed by Aurora Theatre’s Artistic Director Tom Ross, playwright Steve Waters’ fact-based one-act  ...

Pick Up Performances Co(s): Live Archiveography

“Everything is new and used..” The above is a phrase Gordon uses to describe his fifty year adventure to remember, refresh, recall and present his efforts, ‘to mystify the relationship between an artist’s life and work.” “Live Archiveography” accomplishes that, evoking memories familiar to audiences here and those  ...

Skeleton Crew

A break room in a Detroit auto plant functions as more than a place to store lunch, drink coffee, and engage in company gossip in the thought-provoking “Skeleton Crew,” on stage at The Old Globe. Gruff, chain smoking, card playing Faye (Tonye Patano) has been a line  ...

Linda Vista

"Linda Vista," in its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre, is a smart and thoroughly entertaining production—a very adult comedy—funny, sexy and poignant. Dexter Bullard, who directed "The Flick" and has directed Letts’ plays before, has created a fast-moving story of lust, comedy and betrayal. The title refers to the  ...

Made for SF Ballet, Program 7

Helgi Tomasson created “Trio” in 2011. It proceeds from a sixth sense of what Tchaikovsky’s piece “Souvenir” proposed about the shape of a dance work. Tomasson abandoned the notion of a continuous motif in favor of three different ones. “Trio” captures an aesthetic that gained popularity over the course  ...

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” is one in a series of one-man musical biographies written and performed by Hershey Felder. Berkeley Rep theater goers and critics, myself included, have already sung the praises of Felder, the gifted concert pianist, composer and actor, who wrote and performed the first-rate one-man show,  ...

Truman (2015)

You know you’re in for a treat when among the opening scenes of a film is one where two mature men face each other across a threshold, say nothing, but with an exchange of facial expressions and body language, tell you that their story is long, and encumbered. That’s acting  ...

Son

Like a speeding bulldozer crushing everything in its path, a nightmarish past comes barreling back into the lives of two lesbians about to get married in “Son,” a new work by playwright James L. Beller Jr. The promising new play, which needs work, is receiving its world premiere  ...

Adapt!

Adapt! is a new play written and directed by Blanka Zizka, cofounder of the Wilma Theater and is having its premiere there this month. Half autobiography and surrealistic dream, the play dramatizes Zizka’s own experience as an émigré who left her Czechoslovakia in the late 70s, when  ...