Jitney

August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning drama, Jitney, covers so much territory it’s sometimes difficult to keep track. Struggle, work, gossip, respect, loyalty, race and deep, deep regret. But mostly, Jitney is about pride and the lengths people will go to maintain it. The play is set in a  ...

What the Constitution Means to Me

The title is personal, the play is personal, and so is this review. “What the Constitution Means to Me,” is the autobiographical story of author Heidi Schreck. It is particularly timely with the senate impeachment trial filling the airways, competing with Harvey Weinstein’s trial for media coverage. What are  ...

Bloomsday

Should they? Could they? Would they? These questions resonate in a bittersweet story of an extraordinary day that offers love a second chance in “Bloomsday,” at the North Coast Rep. No surprise to English lit majors, the tale takes place in Dublin, where Bloomsday has  ...

Spellbound

Two elements in the gala’s ceremonial intro nearly upstaged the nativist spit and polish of “Men’s Regiment from Stars and Stripes.”  First was Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson’s paradoxical pitch to set aside our points of view in the service of affirming that “We are all Americans,” (which all present  ...

No Quarter

“Astrology is not about astrology. It is about what is already happening. Astrology isn’t about us, but the way we are sewn into the weave of all we belong to. Right now, you are not dead, but you will die. What kind of ancestor will you be?” Larry Arrington  ...

Your House Will Pay

In 2019, two Korean siblings, Miriam and Grace Park who are both in their twenties, and like many others their age, they are grappling on a social level of the shooting of a black teen by a Los Angeles police officer. This is not new for Miriam, who is  ...

Just Mercy (2020)

Real-life hero lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and an advocate for death row inmates and others unfairly incarcerated, comes to life on the big screen in “Just Mercy.” Adapted from Stevenson’s memoir of the same title, it is a depiction of one of the  ...

Underwater (2020)

A crew member of the Poseidon, a drilling rig seven miles under the sea, plops a creature on the dining table. It squirms about aimlessly, leaving a trail of blood where the surrounding crowd usually eats. Yet no one reacts. They stare at the creature as if  ...

The Two Popes (2019)

115 priests wander the Vatican as the Gregorian chant drowns out their conversations. What they are discussing is obvious: A new pope must be picked by the end of the day. But what's less obvious is a tune being whistled in the bathroom. "What is that hymn?" Benedict (Anthony  ...

Best Movies 2019

1. AVENGERS: ENDGAME True, Martin Scorsese said comic book movies are nothing but theme parks...but, WHAT a theme park. And though it may not even count as cinema for some people, this climactic installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity saga (three  ...