Linda Vista

If you like your existential misery wrapped in snappy one liners, Tracy Letts is the playwright for you. He did it in “August Osage County” and he is doing it again in “Linda Vista” at the Taper. Our protagonist is Wheeler (Ian Barford); Wheeler is  ...

Best of 2018: Movies

I saw fewer films of higher quality in 2018, a pretty good year for diversity and imagination at the multiplex despite the repetitive CGI blur of far too many box office hits. 1. SCIENCE FAIR  ...

Stan & Ollie (2018)

The first thing to note about this film is its PG rating. Don’t let it fool you. It’s more badge of distinction than Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It pays homage to a specie of humor we associate with the Vaudeville era when slapstick was  ...

Best of TV: 2018

BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC) On one level, there's not really a good reason for this odd duck to exist at all, since it's a "Breaking Bad" prequel about characters whose fates we (mostly) already know and thus would seem to be the  ...

The Lady of the Camellias

"The Lady of the Camellias," currently being performed by the Paris Opera Ballet through January 3, is no stranger to international audiences and is the most widely-known narrative ballet by John Neumeier. Yet, the company has breathed new life into this contemporary classic that was first performed in 1978 by  ...

Vice (2018)

With his new film, writer/director Adam Mckay has carved out a distinct and enviable style, and solidified A-list status for himself. Although “Vice,” starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Amy Adams as Lynn Cheney and Steve Carrel as Donald Rumsfeld, is by no means some typical Oscar bait film, it  ...

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

Trumpeter Terell Stafford founded The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2014 and in five years they have covered a lot of musical ground with concerts that have represented every era of jazz- From the heyday of the big-bands, bebop, cool, progressive and contemporary compositions. Every December  ...

James Greenberg reviews “Roma”

I enjoy popcorn movies as much as the next person. They’re like a sugar high. But they also tend to lower expectations for what a truly great film can deliver. Really, when is the last time a film has stirred your imagination and stayed with you the next day, or  ...

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

In the Bob Dylan song, “Hurricane,” about the trumped up charges and incarceration of boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter, there is a line about Carter being pulled over by the police in Patterson, New Jersey on a steamy summer night in 1966, “just like the time before and the time  ...