Little Woods (2018)

“Little Woods” is writer and director Nia DaCosta’s debut film about two  sisters in rural South Dakota struggling to make ends meet. Tessa Thompson (“Sorry to Bother You”, “Creed”) plays Ollie, short for Oleander. Ollie is a determined, serious, and extremely resourceful sister and aunt that is forced to  ...

Shostakovich Trilogy. San Francisco Ballet

“Shostakovich Trilogy” is an evening-long tour de force by Russian-born choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. It’s outstanding for its theme: the tumultuous reconciliation of a world-altering revolution and subsequent counter-revolution with the career of Dmitri Shostakovich, a composer influenced by Igor Stravinsky, whom music scholars have described as “polystylist.” Luminous production  ...

All is True; The Farewell; Tolkien (2019)

Independent films can be hard to navigate. They're made on relatively low budgets, and all relies on the filmmakers craft and virtue. Blockbusters are a different story. They have voluptuous budgets, recognizable stars and who knows how much to spend  ...

The Good Book

“The Good Book’s” authors, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, creators of Berkeley Rep’s 2012 “An Iliad,” take on a colossal subject, one that may not be capable of mastery in one evening of theater. The lengthy, chock-filled production creatively explores diverse facets and features of the Bible — its  ...

Celebrated Masters. Diablo Ballet.

Diablo Ballet reaches beyond its San Francisco bedroom community setting to recruit dancers from a host of backgrounds, both personal and professional. It brings in choreographers from across oceans or just a tunnel and bridge away. It draws on music from a range of international and native influences. It  ...

BODYTRAFFIC

The seven-year-old Los Angeles dance troupe BODYTRAFFIC careened into Philly for three performances at the Annenberg Center last weekend, were it is obvious that they have a solid fan base in Philly after only a couple tours. On the program of the  ...

Giant Little Ones (2018)

"Giant Little Ones, " directed by Keith Behrman and starring Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann and Kyle Maclachlan, is the 2018 Canadian version of “Love Simon,” a coming of age LGBTQIA drama that literally dives into the complex lives of two high school  ...

White Crow (2019)

Even given transparent formulas for box office success, it’s curious how each filmmaker’s starting point holds out an argument of its own. Ralph Fiennes, who directs and appears in “White Crow,” a film that collects around the idiosyncrasies of ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, finds his in the dancer’s “ferocious  ...

Anastasia

Dramamine is not one of the products for sale in the theater lobbies where the Broadway musical adaptation of Anastasia plays. But if you are prone to motion sickness or equilibrium disturbances, you may want to consider asking your doctor or  ...

The Importance of Being Earnest

“We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.’’ — Oscar Wilde A lot of what passes for entertainment these days is not very entertaining. And yes, we should  ...