Berkeley Theatre during the Pandemic

One of the ironies of living through a pandemic is that when we most need to be engaged, enlightened, and entertained by live theater, we can’t be. Although our local theaters are dimmed, they are nevertheless working hard to provide entertainment and education to their constituents.  ...

Human Error

Two couples utilize the services of a fertility clinic. Good news: There’s now a baby on the way! Bad news: Couple A’s embryo was mistakenly given to Couple B. To the already high emotional stakes, add this wrinkle: One couple is mixed race and liberal; the  ...

Outrage & Outcry:

What is happening in America now is more than a moment. It is a movement. It is an important one that has been decades, if not centuries in the making.  Slavery, the fight for Civil Rights, the Rodney King verdict, and all the tragic shootings by white police and others  ...

Small Movie Theaters in the Time of Corona

In the midst of the pandemic, a handful of movies initially slated for theatrical release refused to be left behind in the binge boost under StayAtHome orders. With businesses temporarily shutdown, and all of us shut in, people have been binging more than ever. One of the more prominent  ...

Answering “Plandemic”

The “Plandemic Movie” was uploaded to YouTube on May 4, 2020. By May 9, it had been viewed eight million times. On May 12, those who had yet to see it, were surprised to find that YouTube had acted abruptly to take it down. Why? YouTube spokespeople cited its  ...

Glories of Tango (2014)

Tightly wound and intimate as tango dancing itself, the film Glories of Tango by Oliver Kolker and Hernán Findling is a movie that the viewer knows prior to conclusion will require and invite a second watching. The overall acting is impeccable. The dancing is mesmerizing and sensuous, but the  ...

In-Zoom

A play for our times – performed using technology of our times – awaits you online with the world premiere of “In-Zoom,” on The Old Globe website. Created by Tony Award winner Bill Irwin, the 10-minute play features Irwin and Broadway veteran Christopher Fitzgerald as colleagues  ...

Batsh*t Bride (2019)

A good comedic film is much harder to create than a dramatic one. The distributor for Jonathan Smith, a 2004 graduate of Yale University’s Film Studies, releases Smith’s third feature film Batsh*t Bride for which he wrote the script and directed the film on May 8 to such DVD,  ...

Days of Distraction

On the surface, the protagonist of Alexandra Chang’s debut novel should be enthusiastic about her life and hopeful regarding her personal and professional future. She is a young millennial who is a smart, talented freelance tech journalist working for an online publication in San Francisco. Instead, she is dissatisfied  ...