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

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘The Addams Family’ at the Woodlawn

addams family musical

The Woodlawn's staging is first-rate, but the show could stand to be a lot creepier and kookier. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘Hairspray’ at the Cameo Theatre

hairspray

The Tony Award-winning musical is performed by an enthusiastic cast in a sparkling revival at the Commerce Street showplace. Read More »

Movie Review: J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain

A Violent Year

Chandor's terrific new film "A Violent Year," is an absorbing character study that recalls the gritty Lumet and Coppola dramas of the 1970s. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘True West’ by Sam Shepard

true west sam shepard baltimore

Shepard's tragicomedy is brought to explosive life in AtticRep's gripping production. Read More »

Movie Review: Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods” with Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine

Meryl Streep as the witch (Peter Mountain, Walt Disney Studios).

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony award-winning musical comes to the screen in a lavish and beautifully-mounted version. Read More »

Concert Review: Old 97’s at Sam’s Burger Joint, San Antonio, TX, December 10, 2014

Old_97s

The Dallas-based alt-country band makes a welcome stop in San Antonio to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album, 'Hitchhike to Rhome.' Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Theory of Everything’

The Theory of Everything

The 30-year relationship between famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde is chronicled in a superb film from director James Marsh and screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Read More »

Theater Review (San Antonio): ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas’

irving berlin's white christmas woodlawn theatre san antonio

The Woodlawn Theatre rings in the holidays right with a sparkling production of the beloved musical. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection’ by Mike White

Mad Movies

The history of the cult '80s TV series is chronicled in an entertaining and illuminating new book. Read More »

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 »