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Writer, critic and marketing expert whose passion for odd culture knows no bounds.

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’

great american trailer park musical

The venerable musical comedy returns to San Antonio in an enthusiastic production at the Cameo Theatre. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): Ana Gasteyer and Seth Rudetsky at the Woodlawn

Ana Gasteyer I'm Hip

The historic theater debuts a new series that showcases top Broadway stars in an evening of music, humor and casual conversation. Read More »

Movie review: ‘Nightcrawler’

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Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a mesmerizing performance in an entertaining noir about the sleazy underbelly of the L.A. news business. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘Carrie: the Musical’ at the Woodlawn Theatre

carrie the musical

Good performances and a solid production help to compensate for the show's rather weak score. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘The Rocky Horror Show’

Rocky Horror Show

The audience-participation stalwart gets an imaginative revisualization in its annual staging at the Woodlawn Theatre. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Calvary’

Kelly Reilly and Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson dominates this bleakly-humored study of a committed priest who maintains his vigilance even as his church crumbles and his life is threatened by one of his own parishioners. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

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Ken Ludwig's enduring farce receives a sparkling and laugh-filled production at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’

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Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making cinematic gamble pays off in spades, delivering a unique and profoundly moving experience. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Buyer and Cellar’ at the Mark Taper Forum

Buyer

Playwright Jonathan Tolins and star Michael Urie take on the legend of Barbara Streisand and the cult of celebrity with riotous results. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ by Peter Lefcourt

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An intriguing premise is squandered in a well-staged but essentially ho-hum romantic comedy. Read More »