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

Theater Review (LA): ‘Derby Day’ at the Elephant Theatre

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Samuel Brett Williams' lacerating dark comedy makes its Los Angeles debut at the Elephant Theatre in Hollywood. Read More »

Concert Review: Kaiser Chiefs at the El Rey, Los Angeles, 2/25/14

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The boys from Leeds return to Los Angeles in fine form and with great new material. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Inherit the Wind’ at Grove Theatre Center

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More timely than ever in today’s political climate, the Lawrence and Lee classic is presented in a lively and engaging production at the Grove Theatre Center in Burbank. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘Doodu Boy’ by Stefhen Bryan

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Author Stefhen Bryan's performance piece chronicling his triumphs over childhood abuse and sexual addiction comes off more opportunistic than inspirational. Read More »

Theatre Review (LA): ‘Passion Play’ by Sarah Ruhl

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The Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated playwright's epic fantasy makes its Los Angeles debut in a lively production at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in West L.A. Read More »

Theatre Review (LA): ‘An Ideal Husband’ at the Sierra Madre Playhouse

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A first-rate production of Oscar Wilde's biting comedy, still relevant for contemporary audiences with its depiction of corruption and hypocrisy in high society. Read More »

Theater Review (LA): ‘The Twilight of Schlomo’ by Timothy McNeil

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An unsuccessful stand-up comedian is forced to come to terms with his failure in this well-staged dark comedy. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Lone Survivor’

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Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's tragic story of his unit's fatal 2005 mission is badly recounted in a hamfisted, jingoistic torture porn. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Her’

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Spike Jonze applies his distinctive style to an offbeat romantic comedy, and the results are brilliant. Read More »

Theatre Review (LA): ‘Merry F***in’ Christmas, Y’all’ by Marnie Olson

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A familiar story of a dysfunctional family’s holiday is given welcome depth courtesy of some nicely-realized characters. Read More »