Spring 101, KYL/Dancers, Philadelphia

Kun-Yang Lin’s journey as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher began in his native country of Taiwan over 25 years ago, where he was a celebrated young dancer, who was already creating works of his own. For the last two decades, he has been artistic director-choreographer of KYL/Dancers, which Lin  ...

The Jungle

The West Coast premiere of the immersive theater experience, “The Jungle” assaulted the April 4th opening night audience at San Francisco’s Curran with harsh lights, loud noise, beating drums, fits of anger, bouts of tears, physical violence, anguish, and despair. This is a profoundly heartbreaking  ...

Kill the Debbie Downers!

What do Anton Chekhov’s most celebrated play, “The Three Sisters,” written in 1901, and “Saturday Night Live’s” character Debbie Downer have in common? Superficially, not much. But co-directors Mark Jackson and Beth Wilmurt have reached for, and  ...

Home

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Why see a play that has no traditional plot or storyline to speak of, in which the performers are silent, accompanied only by occasional music? If the play is “Home,” the answer is that one should see this novel, noteworthy and appealing  ...

Fences

Toward the end of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ breath-stealing, intense and all-together riveting production of August Wilson’s masterpiece, Fences, fierce thunder claps and intense lightning punctuate a highly-charged scene. But there is another storm raging throughout Dramaworks’ deft production, which will no doubt stir a variety of emotions.  ...

Life After

A teenager has an argument with her father. Later in the day, he leaves an apologetic voice message. The girl ignores the call and soon thereafter loses her chance to make amends when dad dies in a car crash. How the girl processes the guilt  ...

Transit (2019)

German writer-director, Christian Petzold, whose earlier critically acclaimed works include "Phoenix" and "Barbara," delivers a much anticipated adaptation of the novel “Transit” by Anna Seghers, which is the last chapter of the trilogy. As a film, “Transit” is only mildly interesting in execution, but full of nuance and  ...

The Mustang (2019)

If I had a nickle for every time I saw a horse become an expression of catharsis for a troubled soul on the big screen, I would probably have a lot of nickles. I'm thinking of recent  ...