Kill Move Paradise

In James Ijames’ new play “Kill Move Paradise” the Wilma Theater stage is transformed into blindingly white, perilous slope with a portal at the top that characters come tumbling out of. It depicts what Ijames envisions as the bardo- a Hindu spiritual way station between life and death.  ...

2018 Emmy Live Blog by Andrew Osborne

7:03pm - Eek! I was at the gym and suddenly noticed Milo Ventimiglia dressed for a Love Boat reboot on the treadmill TV and realized I was missing the Emmy red carpet! Stupid exercise! 7:08pm - By the way tonight's Emmys 2018 drinking game is: every time  ...

Sweat

The Taper is kicking off the 2018-19 season with a strong start, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning “Sweat.” Written in 2015, “Sweat” has to do with the after effects of NAFTA, modern management style, and the 2008 downturn on a group of steelworkers in Reading Pennsylvania. It is doubtful  ...

Much Ado About Nothing

Benedick and Beatrice hate each other until they love each other. Claudio and Hero love each other until they hate each other. Don Pedro seems to love everyone. His brother, Don John, seems to hate everyone – particularly himself. That’s the rough outline for Much Ado About Nothing, now  ...

Puzzle (2018)

The trailer and premise of the movie Puzzle might lead potential audiences to think this is a typical, predictable romantic tale of an unlikely and forbidden pairing, but Puzzle, a feature directorial debut for Marc Turtletaub who is known for producing Little Miss Sunshine and Loving is neither typical or  ...

Stars of the American Ballet

This was the year of “Me-Too” in the dance world as well as the film industry. Peter Martins stepped down after 30 years as Ballet Master in Chief of the New York City Ballet on January 1. Five dancers, male as well as female, came forward to make accusations about  ...

Barefoot in the Park

Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park is an amusing time capsule from the early 1960s – the clothing, the technology, the barely restrained longing for martinis and whiskey. Don Draper could walk in at any moment. In the wrong hands, it could play like a diorama at the Natural History  ...

Everybody

Despite a slow and inflated start, the West Coast premiere of “Everybody” at Cal Shakes, by award-winning playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (“An Octoroon”) closes with a strong finish that resonates deeply and lingers in one’s thoughts. “Everybody” is a 90-minute, one-act, contemporary adaptation of a 15th century English allegorical  ...

King of Cuba

National Book Award finalist Christina García, author of six novels, including the satirical, “King of Cuba,” from which this play is adapted, attended its world premiere opening at Berkeley’s Central Works on July 21, 2018. Unfortunately, novels, even well-regarded novels like García’s, do not always translate well to the theatre.  ...