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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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