Buyer and Cellar, LA

Somewhere folks who make up summer reading lists and compile theatrical playlists get the notion that we still have the summer off from school to simply be amused before we return in September. The curmudgeon in me screams, “I haven’t spent an hour lying on the lawn, watching the clouds,  ...

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Highlights of the Jewish Film Festival “Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem” “The Green Prince” “Run Boy Run” “112 Weddings” “Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story” “Above and Beyond” “Havana Curveball” “The Sturgeon Queens” The 34th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the first and the longest-lasting  ...

Code Black

Who hasn't done time in the ER: with a sliced lip, chest pain, a child with a broken bone or a fever?         It's not an experience anybody is eager to relive. Yet for millions of Americans, the ER is the first and only source of medical attention, whether it's for  ...

Carmen, Santa Fe

The collision between grand opera and the iPhone is happening now; it’s just in places like Santa Fe that the wreckage is perhaps less noticeable. Does anyone still prefer a live orchestra, over-the-top theatrics, and $200 tickets to their Apps and free YouTube videos of whatever opera, movie or porn  ...

Summer with the Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s outdoor concert series at the Mann Center (pictured above) kicked off in grand style with British conductor (and droll wit) Bramwell Tovey conducting showpieces by Beethoven and Britten. Tovey, musical director of Vancouver Symphony and in demand with orchestras everywhere, also has palpable rapport with these  ...

Othello, San Diego

On the page, "Othello" seems like a study in opposites: black and white, good and evil, right and wrong, but the Old Globe’s production delivers unforeseen nuance. The results are tense, horrific, even funny. Set in Venice and Cyprus, the story begins soon after Othello (Blair Underwood) secretly marries  ...

Invasion OF The Body Snatchers (1978)

In rewatching the 1978 version of "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers," after many years (I originally saw it in a double feature with "Coma"), I was presented with one of the best examples of why a critic needs to be able to separate his emotions from his intellect when writing  ...

Jersey Boys (2014)

As an old rock and roller who first listened to music on a small AM radio many years ago, it’s a pleasure for me to see rock and roll groups like the Four Seasons now in the Hollywood and Broadway spotlight.   “Jersey Boys,” first a 2006 Tony  ...

The Late Henry Moss

Sam Shepard is known for his in-your-face, verbally and physically violent brawls between brothers or between fathers and sons. His plays like “True West,” “Curse of the Starving Class” and “Buried Child” helped Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company create its reputation for confrontational theater. He also influenced playwrights like Martin McDonagh,  ...