Art

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE STAGES CONOR MCPHERSON’S “THE NIGHT ALIVE”

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE STAGES CONOR MCPHERSON’S “THE NIGHT ALIVE”

It’s been said that the Irish are great storytellers and spinners of mystical tales and yarns.  And this is very true. It’s also been said that the Irishman’s vice comes bottled and is readily available at every pub in the Emerald Isle, which also may be true depending on who is doing the talking. Their […]

AMERICA’S PARANOID 1960’S RETURNS TO THE PEARL MCMANUS STAGE

AMERICA’S PARANOID 1960’S RETURNS TO THE PEARL MCMANUS STAGE

Dezart Performs of Palm Springs presents the West Coast Premiere of its 2014 Annual Theatre Festival award winning production “Duck and Cover”, written by Michael Kimball and directed by awarding winning actor/director Judith Chapman. It’s 1962. WW II is but a sad memory. America has lost its innocence and now teeters on the brink of […]

THE WISDOM OF AGE IS TENDERLY PLAYED OUT ON CV REP STAGE

THE WISDOM OF AGE IS TENDERLY PLAYED OUT ON CV REP STAGE

Watching the lives of two professional African-American centenarian sisters ages 101 and 103 unfold on stage, is like opening a time capsule and exploring its contents through culturally different eyes and time frames. CV REP artistic director Ron Celona, who carefully selects his all-Equity productions for the season, has come up with another compelling and […]

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE DELIVERS INVENTIVE FILM NOIR MUSICAL

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE DELIVERS INVENTIVE FILM NOIR MUSICAL

The “film noir” genre is not necessarily the first choice of stage producers to become book musical material. I’m having trouble coming up with a candidate, unless one considers Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd”, an English “noir” story set to music, as an example. And that’s a stretch at best. For audiences of North Coast Repertory […]

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KYRGYZSTAN SENDS MOVIE EPIC TO                             PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

“Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains”, is a first in many categories for the emerging and fledgling movie industry of Kyrgzstan, in Central Asia. It took the vision of former Kyrgzstan politician Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, who harbored the desire from boyhood to become a motion picture director to take the plunge; leaving behind a successful career […]

TWO MINI-REVIEWS OF FOREIGN FILMS NOW IN RELEASE

TWO MINI-REVIEWS OF FOREIGN FILMS NOW IN RELEASE

“The Circle” (Der Kreis”), is Switzerland’s Official submission for the 87th Academy Awards, come February 2015.  It’s a bold choice when one considers the story that director Stefan Haupt wants to tell.  Everyone loves “a love story”, that’s true.  Hollywood built a world cinema empire on love stories.  But not everyone loves those stories when […]

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