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  ...

They Promised Her the Moon

Sixty years ago, the Space Race that pitted the United States against the Soviet Union had all eyes focused on the heavens. At the same time, an equally contentious Earth-bound battle of wills took place as talented American women pilots fought for inclusion in the  ...

Vanity Fair

“This is Vanity Fair, and it is not a moral place. Nor is it often a merry one."  It’s no easy trick to distill William Makepeace Thackeray’s famous and lengthy 1848 novel, “Vanity Fair,” into a  ...

Avengers Endgame (2019)

Early on someone concludes that "No amount of money ever bought a second of time." Wise words indeed. Yet it's also a vertiginous enigma when you consider that this very well could be the most expensive film ever made. "Avengers Endgame," as the title suggests, has more epic  ...