Copenhagen

Berkeley’s Indra's Net Theater is now staging the first American production of the newly revised version (2018) of playwright Michael Frayn’s illustrious, award-winning drama, “Copenhagen,” well-directed by Indra’s Net Artistic Director Bruce Coughran. The celebrated “Copenhagen” is based on the 1941 meeting between two internationally respected physicists, Niels Bohr  ...

Becky Nurse of Salem

Sarah Ruhl rules! The MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award winner’s latest play, a world premiere, and her sixth at Berkeley Rep is a thoroughly captivating, charming, and ultimately satisfying quirky comedy that ponders the Salem witch trials and much more. With humor and insight, “Becky Nurse of Salem” explores family  ...

Singer & Son

Singer & Son split the difference and give you their Top Fifteen films of the Decade, Singer with 10, Son with five. Singer: Pain and Glory (2019). Pedro Almodovar IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8291806/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Trailer:  ...

James Greenberg

Film critics are by-in-large naysayers. Glass half-full kind of people. There is always something lacking in this year’s films. I remember going to Sundance and even before the films started screening people would automatically say, “not as good as last year.” I beg to differ. In any given year  ...

Paula Farmer

This decade of film has had years that were lean, where it was a stretch to pull ten exceptional for the “Best Of” list. But then there were glorious years, brimming with examples of excellence. Overall, it was hard to capsulate all the choices to just ten, with much  ...

George Wu

Another decade coming to a close provides an opportunity to reflect on the peak achievements in film, and so without further ado, here are my superlatives in descending order. 10. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Omnibus films almost  ...

Little Women (2019)

By my count, there have been at least a dozen film and television productions of “Little Women,” including two silent pictures, a BBC miniseries and a musical. So what is it about Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical novel of the fabulous but impoverished March sisters coming of age in 1860s  ...

Q&A w/Labhaoise Magee

Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival of “Pumpgirl” recently opened to rave reviews, with critics praising the performance of Labhaoise Magee as the title character.  A heart-wrenching drama set in a remote Northern Ireland town, the play is directed by Nicola Murphy and follows a form familiar to fans of Irish  ...

one in two

For a three-actor one-set 85-minute no-intermission play, there’s A LOT going on in Donja R. Love’s one in two, which just opened in a production by the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Theater. It’s part of the single most  ...