“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Abridged)

Taylor Mac just hit the San Francisco Bay Area like a category five hurricane; surprising seasoned thespians, consummate drag queens, strung out performance artists, elite Stanford students, and, baby boomer culture vultures. Who could resist the shear force of Mac’s spellbinding “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”? There was just  ...

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

A middle-age man, who runs a seafood restaurant and drives a Buick in the Age of Aquarius, clumsily tries to join the sexual revolution in “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” Barney Cashman (Phil Johnson, in a boffo performance) is the quintessential nice guy bored with his marriage and  ...

Head of Passes

What on earth does “Head of Passes” mean? Let us clear that up quickly. It is the mouth of the Mississippi River, a desolate wetland where the river breaks into three branches as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The sense of place permeates MacArthur Genius award winner, Tarell  ...

Ironbound

Numbers loom large in the life of an immigrant woman whose life comes up in the minus column in “Ironbound” at the Moxie Theatre. We first meet 42-year-old Darja (played by Jacque Wilke) at a bus stop in a threatening neighborhood in New Jersey. She’s going nowhere since  ...

2017 Emmys Live Blog

6:00pm – So, 10 minutes ago, some fashion knob on E! said that LITERALLY NOTHING is off-limits for Nicole Kidman on the red carpet…which, if he’s using English correctly, means she could LITERALLY arrive any minute stark naked, smeared in feces, with live rats on her head. Fingers crossed!  ...

Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

When the Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) gets underway this year on October 5th, it will mark a bit of a milestone as it will be turning the BIG 4-0. As such, special celebrations are to be expected, not least of which is the stellar line up of films. From  ...

“Suicide”: Q&A with filmmaker Molly Ratermann

https://vimeo.com/littlehandproductions/suicidetrailer Filmmaker and actress Molly Ratermann is not afraid to take on the tough topics. This Bay Area native has been winning film festivals around the globe with her dark comedy short film, “Suicide.” Most recently, she screened it as part of the California Independent Film Festival, earning high-praise  ...

The Red Shoes

I have never felt that ballet was a very successful medium for telling a story. To convey emotion? It works. For the set up of a situation? Sure. But details that push the story forward become exaggerated pantomime. Therefore, I have not been an enthusiastic audience for most full length,  ...

Benny & Joon

Mental illness is tough to depict in any medium, let alone a jaunty musical. Yet, the Globe’s world premiere of Benny & Joon makes it work. They don’t really get the illness part right, but in the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s a loveable show and easy to suspend disbelief.  ...