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‘Into the Woods’ Turns the Spotlight on Recent Musical Adaptations

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The highly anticipated film adaptation of Into the Woods begins exactly as anyone familiar with the stage musical would expect: with the simple narrated words, “Once upon a time.”  

Traffick (Critic's Pick)

Pones Inc. (Cincinnati)

0 Comments · Sunday, June 1, 2014
Traffick is an ambitious and multi-disciplinary theatrical experience from director Kim Popa and her merry band of social change-agents-cum-dancers from Pones Inc.  

Monsters University

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Now that Pixar is in the sequel business, it’s fair to ask if they’ve lost a step. Their once completely fresh slate of films is now being peppered with revisits.   

This Is Your Director on Drugs

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Something didn’t feel right. After taking in a recent screening of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I walked out of the theater feeling … off. I was simultaneously anxious, depressed, energized and a little jittery.

This Is One Shitty Party (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
This is One Shitty Party isn't. But it isn't great either. The Fringe offering from New York City’s Endless Chili Productions bills itself as an immersive, interactive show about a 30th birthday party where the audience plays the role of guests and friends.  

Mater Facit (Review)

0 Comments · Monday, June 3, 2013
Broken into about 10 scenes that are strung together only with that theme, the piece bounces between hokey humor, tuneful songs, Stomp-like dance sequences and good old-fashioned stand-and-deliver monologues.   

The Elephant in My Closet (Review - Critic's Pick)

0 Comments · Saturday, June 1, 2013
The 2013 Fringe offering from New York City’s Keeping Watch company chronicles David Lee Nelson’s journey to arrive at the moment he comes out to his father as a Democrat.   

Poe and Mathews: A Misadventure in the Middle of Nowhere (Review)

2 Comments · Friday, May 31, 2013
The actors and the show were absolutely at their best during unscripted moments — hearing the Coffee Emporium phone ring, accidentally hitting the ceiling fan above the stage, calling attention to the lack of off-stage space during the show — events that elicited the strongest laughs of the night.  

Band of Brothers

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In filmmaking, there’s always pressure, especially around one’s first feature. Ideally, you arc your career so that you can grow as a director with each film, raising your profile as you raise your game so that when you’re ready for your big break, you’ve put in the time and have the resume and scars to prove it.  

Dissecting Hathaway's Brilliant Performance in 'Les Miserables'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Two shots. That’s all it takes for Anne Hathaway to deliver what could arguably be the greatest performance in movie musical history.