Midsommar (2019)

In Ari Aster's "Midsommar," the hills are alive with the sound of music (literally!). The hills of Sweden warp to the hymns of the occult. Fittingly, this sensationally scary sophomore feature warps and stretches you like silly putty.  It's shaping up to be  ...

Yesterday (2019)

When I got home from my 7 o'clock screening, the power in my neighborhood went out. Under normal circumstances this would have been perfectly normal--the product of construction or some over-eager birds. But the screening was for  "Yesterday," a movie where the electricity goes out around the  ...

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

“On Earth We Were Briefly Gorgeous,” is a unique story with an even more unique approach and style by poet Ocean Vuong. The novel is written as a letter from a son, at the time in his late 20s, to his mother who is illiterate. The letter/story, the narrator-protagonist  ...

La Traviata

How you feel about the Marta Domingo production of La Traviata will probably be influenced by what you think about moving an opera from the original setting to another time period. Verdi wrote his blockbuster opera in 1853. Domingo has set this LA Opera production  ...

As You Like It

On the page, there’s nothing overtly magical about As You Like It. Nobody conjures storms or misappropriates love potions or portends the future. Still, if you accept that falling in love is its own sleight of hand, then the play is nothing but magical. The Old Globe deserves praise  ...

Spiderman: Far From Home (2019)

**Warning: The following review contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.** Welcome back to the MCU. Just as a reminder we’re living in a post Captain America and Tony Stark world. And while much of the world is ready to move on (despite some awkward situations that arose),  ...

Q & A w/ Tony Taccone

Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s acclaimed Artistic Director for the last 21 years, is about to launch the last production of his last season, before turning over the reins to incoming artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer. During his tenure, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit Berkeley Rep has presented  ...

Kiss My Aztec!

There’s nothing better than a bright and boisterous musical show to enhance one's mood — and boy, do we need a mood-changer these days. “Kiss My Aztec!,” with its book co-written by John Leguizamo (“Latin History for Morons”) and Tony Taccone, the Rep’s departing artistic director, certainly improved the  ...

Fabric Animal

“Movement itself is the weaving, gathering threads into fabric, they dive into each other, a pool of pools, swimming through to remember, like roots through soil that is really the decomposition of other roots.” Sebastian Grubb “Fabric Animal” is an organic osmosis of relational movement between  ...