Parasite (2019)

For fans and followers of director Bong Joon-ho (“The Host,” “Mother,” “Snowpiercer”), you are truly in for a treat with his latest feature, and for those new to this creative genius, welcome to the wonderful creative world of this critically acclaimed filmmaker. “Parasite,” which just completed its festival run  ...

Q&A with Jay Wegman

NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts underwent a leadership change in 2016 when Jay Wegman, a highly regarded veteran of the NYC downtown arts scene, took over the top position from Michael Harrington, the center’s former director. Mr. Wegman has always been a champion of innovative and international  ...

Stars of American Ballet on tour

 Stars of American Ballet touched down in Philadelphia October 18-19, a co-presentation of the Annenberg Center/NextMove. The ‘Stars’ tour conceived by New York City Ballet dancer Daniel Ulbricht and with fellow ballet dancers from the company and special guests.  Ulbricht programs a wide range of vintage and contemporary ballet  ...

Almost Famous

The Old Globe has a certified hit on its hands with the world premiere of the musical “Almost Famous,” based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name. On stage, the production masterfully stays faithful to the original storyline while also breaking exciting new musical ground.  ...

Sankai Juku

The shock of the unexpected. This is what viewers have come to expect from Sankai Juku - formidable tensions and dynamics juxtaposed to minimal and primordial movement. Untamed and uncontrollable contrasts, like a peacock roaming freely across the stage ("Kinkan Shonen" (The Kumquat Seed) - 1978) or sand pouring  ...

White Noise

Happily, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog,” “Father Comes Home from the Wars”) has a sense of humor that ameliorates a bit of the stark, sobering cultural and racial themes of “White Noise.” For example, the four old friends from college, two white and two black, who comprise the cast, have the same names as the Teenage  ...

Lucy in the Sky (2019)

"Lucy in the Sky" is a manifestation of Newton's Law of Gravity. It starts with Natalie Portman's Lucy up in space. "Just a few more minutes" she says like a kid on the playground. She's floating through the stratosphere, a little white dot blending in with  ...

Pain and Glory (2019)

The maestro of Spanish cinema, Pedro Almodóvar, known for quirky characters, bold themes and daring aesthetics, delivers a quieter more sublime story in his latest film of memory and loss. “Pain and Glory” focuses on his film alter ego, aging film director Salvador Mallo, as he navigates his past  ...

Genesis

The kick-off of Philadanco’s 50th anniversary season on Oct. 5 in the Merriam Theater was truly a dance night to remember, starting with the unrestrained love of four generations of dance artists and ‘Danco’ fans that erupted when Joan Myers Brown came on stage to introduce the concert.  The  ...

Pain and Glory (2019)

Salvador’s torso bears a vertical scar. We come upon him (Antonio Banderas) sequestering himself, holding his shallow breath while his body is entirely submerged in a swimming pool. Yet, an underwater camera finds him. It reveals the thoracic surgical memento that runs about two feet long and a quarter-inch  ...