The Doctor from India (2018)

At a time when so many of our cultural icons are falling from grace, and those holding onto their laurels often lack dignity and vision, comes a slew of documentaries on those positive role models whose lives inspire and affirm culture. From “RBG”, the heroic life of Supreme Court  ...

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

The less you know about "Sorry to Bother You" going in, the better. So, please feel free to stop reading this review and head straight to the nearest movie theater showing the feature debut of rapper/director Boots Riley. However, if you'd like a bit more to go on  ...

Three Identical Strangers (2018)

On a rainy night in 1980, Robert Shafran’s father realized he’d left his umbrella behind. He and his wife were one of three adoptive couples that had just met with the Louise Wise [adoption] Agency Executive Board. They met with the board to ask whether it had known that three  ...

Quixote Nuevo

How many works of literature can you name that have given rise to a regularly used English adjective? Not many? Me neither. But the word, “quixotic,” defined as “foolishly impractical, especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action,” is based on  ...

Soft Power

Just when I was bemoaning the dearth of newly minted original musicals, along comes “Soft Power,” a wonderfully innovative, exciting, intelligent and tuneful show, created by Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly") and Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home"). “Soft Power” has a play-within-a play framework, or as  ...

Piedra y planta [Stone and Plant]

Gabriel Ledón is Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company Cuarto Fractal, and has also been Executive Director of Brazeros Dance Company in Los Angeles, Calif. Ledón is a trained visual artist as well as a dancer and choreographer. On April 23, 2018, I saw Cuarto Fractal’s two-man show, “Piedra  ...

The Humans

Either the emperor is wearing no clothes or I need to return to the Ahmanson and watch “The Humans” again. It won the Tony 2016, for best play. It has been greeted with accolades by major critics in its off-Broadway, Broadway, and the national tour performances. Los Angeles is  ...

SF Danceworks.

“¡Socorro!” in Spanish means “Help!” of the kind that begs for succor, comfort, a poultice for one’s wounds. If the San Francisco dance cohort, having plateaued about three years ago, sent up such a cry, then the goddess Terpsichore has answered it with SF Danceworks. The boutique-sized company is  ...