American Mariachi

What do you know about mariachi music? If you’re like me, not a lot. Up to now, it’s been the background music while consuming margaritas, chips and queso. Not anymore. Set in a U.S. Latino community in the 1970s, American Mariachi addresses ethnicity, gender roles, aging, family, friendships,  ...

Scenes from A (Dance) Marriage

Berlin – based dancer-choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez are partners onstage and off and their company Wang Ramirez has earned them not only accolades, including the Bessie Award, and wide commercial appeal in part due to their arena-edge choreography for Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ tour in 2015. The  ...

SXSW 2018: THE REST OF THE FEST

I recently shared my Top Five favorite films of the 2018 South-by-Southwest festival, but what about the other screenings I attended? What didn't quite make the list (and why)? Well, let's start with the... CLOSE CALLS MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN  ...

Robbins: Ballet & Broadway

“There’s only one thing worse than being in a Robbins work, and that’s not being in one,” a veteran New York City Ballet dancer remarked recently. Circling ’round the New York ballet world in eighty minutes, this all-Robbins program offers a palette of repertoire starting with the harrowing dreamscape in  ...

A Number

“We’ve got thirty per cent the same [genes] as a lettuce…” The successful birth of Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal, was a startling event in 1996. Now the news of Barbra Streisand’s cloned puppies has shown how replicating pets genetically is easily available to the privileged  ...

The Top Five Films I Saw at SXSW

The 2018 South-by-Southwest Film Festival featured 130+ movies over the course of nine days, making it literally impossible for anyone to see more than a fraction of the premieres and festival favorites available for review. For strategic reasons, then, I skipped the high-profile, jam-packed A-list screenings of Wes  ...

Back to Burgundy (2017)

For those more accustomed to the light touch and whimsical ways of director Cédric Kaplisch (“L’auberge Espagnole” and “Russian Dolls”), which is attributed to a big portion of his body of work, his latest film, “Back to Burgundy”, may seem a bit of  ...

Ismael’s Ghosts (2018)

"Ismael's Ghosts" is director Arnaud Desplechin's sixth outing with actor Mathieu Amalric. With such fantastic works as "My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument," "Kings & Queen," and "A Christmas Tale" between them, it's a collaboration as fruitful as the legendary ones between Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro  ...

Office Hour

I didn’t sleep well the night I saw “Office Hour,” and to my mind that’s a good thing, because my restlessness meant that I was deeply affected by playwright Julia Cho’s tension-ridden, creative exploration of the complex natures of mass shooters — their outer personae and inner angst, and society’s  ...

Vietgone

”Vietgone,” an unusual blend of broad comedy with ending touches of sentiment and insight, focuses on the travails of a South Vietnamese man and woman who separately immigrate to the U.S. during the 1975 fall of Saigon, and meet at a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. The playwright,  ...