Rhinoceros

"Humanism is dead, those who follow it are just old sentimentalists" — Eugène Ionesco In “Rhinoceros,” the celebrated absurdist play by Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994), we witness herd mentality gone amuck in its most literal form. This dark 1959 comedy is often interpreted as Ionesco’s response  ...

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia was back in Verizon Hall with a concert built around an instrument not usually a part of the orchestration in big band jazz repertory, namely, the pipe organ. But bandleader Terell Stafford proved what the instrument could bring to big band jazz in one  ...

Daisy Jones and the Six

For a fun romp through 70s rock music era, wonderfully mixing sex, drugs and rock n roll, look no further than “Daisy Jones and the Six.”  Taylor Jenkins Reid (TJR), author of the “Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo,” uniquely presents her characters through a series of interviews. Initially and  ...

Happy Days

How you react to “Happy Days” at the Taper may depend on how you feel about revisiting absurdist theater. If you were around in the ‘60’s you probably saw “Happy Days,” along with “Krapp’s Last Tape” and “Waiting for Godot.” They were the apogee of the genre. Samuel Beckett  ...

Booksmart (2019)

As of this writing, "Booksmart," Olivia Wilde's directorial debut (starring Jonah Hill's sister, the luminous Beanie Feldstein) is sporting an impressive 100% "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes, due in part to its empowering girl power message (both onscreen and off).  But does that mean the much-lauded teen comedy is  ...

John Wick: Ch. 3-Parabellum (2019)

It's a great week to be a dog lover at the movies. There's puppy reincarnation in "A Dog's Purpose" and puppy salvation in "John Wick: Chapter 3--Parabellum." The third installment in a series that has given new meaning to "over the top." In "Wick 3," director Chad Stahelski  ...

United Flight 232

MIAMI — In the deeply unsettling, tragic, yet heartwarming, even life-affirming documentary play United Flight 232, plane crash survivor Clif Marshall speaks about the ordeal he endured. There we are – standing on top of an inverted plane, fire, wreckage all around us. I just want to  ...