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Not Worth the Silver: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’

The gripping true story of Fred Hampton’s final days gets a dull adaptation that does the story no justice.

Thursday, 11 February, 2021 · 1 Comment

Bore-antine Streamin’: ‘Radioactive’ / ‘Chemical Hearts’ / ‘Let Him Go’ / ‘Come Away’

Pandemic lockdown has forced first-run films online. Here are four I probably would have skipped anyway.

Saturday, 5 December, 2020 · Leave a comment

The ‘Things’ We Say have Meaning: ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ Bay Area Premiere at SF Playhouse

Cheryl Strayed’s tenure as an advice columnist makes for an excellent 2020 opener for the Playhouse.

Monday, 3 February, 2020 · Leave a comment

Life is a Circus: ‘Pippin’ at the Berkeley Playhouse

Stephen Schwartz’s musical fantasia gets a rousing production at the Playhouse.

Monday, 15 April, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Forest for the Trees: ‘The Jungle’ at The Curran

Before The Curran becomes Hogwarts, it hosts an excellent production of another hit British show.

Thursday, 28 March, 2019 · 3 Comments

Making it Happen: ‘On Your Feet!’ at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre

An energetic all-Latinx cast bring life to this paint-by-numbers bio of Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

Friday, 14 September, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ladies’ Nights: ‘Revolt. She said…’ at Crowded Fire and ‘Kursk’ at Theatre Lunatico

A feminist manifesto play and a gender-swapped submarine drama make for two bold (if uneven) evenings of female-driven theatre.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 · 4 Comments

Baldur’s #GamerGate: ‘Non-Player Character’ world premiere by SF Playhouse

Toxic masculinity is taken to task in this SF Playhouse world premiere dramatizing the #GamerGate controversy.

Saturday, 17 February, 2018 · Leave a comment

New Hero, Same Story: ‘Bilal – A New Breed of Hero’

Trying to stuff an epic tale into a relatively short film keeps this animated adventure from truly taking off.

Wednesday, 31 January, 2018 · 1 Comment

X-mas Day Quadruple-Feature: ‘The Last Jedi’; ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’; ‘The Shape of Water’; ‘The Disaster Artist’

Jedis, jungles, fish-man junk, & James Franco.
All but the last made for a great day at the multiplex.

Thursday, 28 December, 2017 · 5 Comments