Kill the Debbie Downers!

What do Anton Chekhov’s most celebrated play, “The Three Sisters,” written in 1901, and “Saturday Night Live’s” character Debbie Downer have in common? Superficially, not much. But co-directors Mark Jackson and Beth Wilmurt have reached for, and  ...

Home

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Why see a play that has no traditional plot or storyline to speak of, in which the performers are silent, accompanied only by occasional music? If the play is “Home,” the answer is that one should see this novel, noteworthy and appealing  ...

Fences

Toward the end of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ breath-stealing, intense and all-together riveting production of August Wilson’s masterpiece, Fences, fierce thunder claps and intense lightning punctuate a highly-charged scene. But there is another storm raging throughout Dramaworks’ deft production, which will no doubt stir a variety of emotions.  ...

Life After

A teenager has an argument with her father. Later in the day, he leaves an apologetic voice message. The girl ignores the call and soon thereafter loses her chance to make amends when dad dies in a car crash. How the girl processes the guilt  ...

Transit (2019)

German writer-director, Christian Petzold, whose earlier critically acclaimed works include "Phoenix" and "Barbara," delivers a much anticipated adaptation of the novel “Transit” by Anna Seghers, which is the last chapter of the trilogy. As a film, “Transit” is only mildly interesting in execution, but full of nuance and  ...

The Mustang (2019)

If I had a nickle for every time I saw a horse become an expression of catharsis for a troubled soul on the big screen, I would probably have a lot of nickles. I'm thinking of recent  ...

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is one of his rarely done ‘problem plays’ because it is on dual comedy and tragedy scenarios that confounded audiences and directors for centuries. Untangling its complexities with distinction is the stellar ensemble cast of director Charles  ...

Us: (2019)

The bible figures early on in Jordan Peele's latest magnificently malicious nightmare. A homeless man in tattered rags holds up a sign, not for change in currency, but one that spells cultural and prophetic change. It reads "Jeremiah  ...

Swan Lake, Paris Opera Ballet

Following the holiday run of Rudolf Nureyev’s Cinderella in December, the Paris Opera Ballet season offered another classic by its former artistic director in February and March at the Opéra Bastille theatre. First set on the company in 1984, Nureyev’s Swan Lake is reprised frequently at the POB and  ...

London Philharmonia

The Philharmonia has been called one of the best orchestras in the world and its principal conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen may be one of our top living ones, so pairing a master work by the Russian Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) with a commissioned world premiere, "Dreamers", by  ...