Little Women (2019)

By my count, there have been at least a dozen film and television productions of “Little Women,” including two silent pictures, a BBC miniseries and a musical. So what is it about Louisa May Alcott’s autobiographical novel of the fabulous but impoverished March sisters coming of age in 1860s  ...

Q&A w/Labhaoise Magee

Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival of “Pumpgirl” recently opened to rave reviews, with critics praising the performance of Labhaoise Magee as the title character.  A heart-wrenching drama set in a remote Northern Ireland town, the play is directed by Nicola Murphy and follows a form familiar to fans of Irish  ...

one in two

For a three-actor one-set 85-minute no-intermission play, there’s A LOT going on in Donja R. Love’s one in two, which just opened in a production by the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Theater. It’s part of the single most  ...

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Good news for San Francisco’s Harry Potter fans: the most awarded theatrical entertainment in theater history, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” officially opened at the Curran Theater on December 1, 2019, to thunderous applause by its slavish devotees, including this writer. Yes, the 2019  ...

The Tale of Despereaux: a New Musical

Some stories are so satisfying that they seem to live on and on, sometimes in different modes and renditions. Such a treasure is Kate DiCamillo’s Newbery Medal-winning 2003 book, “The Tale of Despereaux,” a charming chapter book geared for grades 3-5, but also relished by adults. It was made  ...

Q&A w/ Marc Bruni

Marc Bruni is the co-Director with PigPen Theatre Co. of The Tale of Despereaux. He has directed the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, in the West End, US and UK Tours, and in Australia where he won the 2018 Helpmann Award and Green  ...

The Irishman (2019)

Amidst the prosperity of post-war America, two of the institutions that reaped great rewards were labor unions and organized crime. Jimmy Hoffa, the president of the Teamsters Union, needed the muscle of the mob, and the mob needed the easy cash the union could supply for its growth. It  ...

Soul of a Nation

“Art in the Age of Black Power 1963 –1983” celebrates and dignifies the significant body of artwork by African American artists that was crucial to the black experience and American history. This remarkable and vital exhibition captures a volatile period in the U.S. when racial identity and racial politics  ...