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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 […]

White House Announces Guests in First Lady’s Box — State of the Union Addres

White House Announces Guests in First Lady’s Box — State of the Union Addres

WASHINGTON, DC – The following individuals will be seated in the box with the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, at the State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Information about these guests and news about the State of the Union is available at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU. Malik Bryant (Chicago, […]

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF TROUBLING DOCUMENTARY  CONCERNING AMERICA’S FAVORITE FISH – THE SALMON

For audiences who follow PBS documentaries, the disturbing news from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Mark Titus comes as no surprise to find that America’s favorite fish, the wild Alaskan King salmon and other varieties of salmon are now in danger of becoming extinct. He begins his film with the intriguing film graphic warning: “There is a […]

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

BLACK COMEDY ABOUT DIVORCE ISRAELI-STYLE IS CINEMA OF THE ABSURD

For all those cineastes who miss seeing work from the likes of Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett, and the rest of the “theatre of the absurd” gang, take heart. The new Israeli dark dramedy film “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” is a worthy semantics-laden candidate to warm the cockles of your heart. The melodrama […]

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

CUTE MUSICAL FARCE SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS 2015 FILM FESTIVAL

“Lucky Stiff”, a cute musical farce written by Lynn Ahrens; adapted from Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s stage book-musical “Lucky Stiff”, is delightfully and deftly directed by Christopher Ashley (Yes, that Chris Ashley who is also the artistic director of the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse). The newly adapted movie version revolves, in short, around a young […]

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 […]

FASCINATING MEDICAL EMERGENCY ROOM DOCUMENTARY ON THE BIRTH OF THE “ER”

FASCINATING MEDICAL EMERGENCY ROOM DOCUMENTARY ON THE BIRTH OF THE “ER”

Unless one is a health professional, one only gets to view the Emergency Room (ER) either by walking into one as a patient or, on a gurney while being transferred from an ambulance. Either way, the documentary film written and directed by first time filmmaker Dr. Ryan McGarry, MD, is a fascinating and eye-popping journey […]

BRILLIANT BRITISH SCIENTIST STEPHEN HAWKING’S LIFE BECOMES A COMPELLING MOVIE DRAMA

BRILLIANT BRITISH SCIENTIST STEPHEN HAWKING’S LIFE BECOMES                       A COMPELLING MOVIE DRAMA

Biopics of extraordinary people can be extremely moving and rewarding for movie audience. Biopics of extraordinary, living people, however, can be downright daunting and intimidating for the actors involved in creating and bringing the story to the screen. Screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director James Marsh, of the romantic drama “The Theory of Everything”, starring Eddie […]

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