"Traitor"

To director Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s credit, “Traitor,” written by Nachmanoff and Steve Martin, is a film that unveils degrees of piety but is far from holier-than-thou. That’s a significant point because it would be very easy to polarize the movie’s protagonists... Read more →


"Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune," International City Theatre, Long Beach, CA

Employee manuals and common sense exhort against the perils of dating your co-worker. Too fraught with potential peril if things go south. We think that’s what’s going to happen in Terrence McNally’s sweet drama, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair... Read more →


"The Drunkard and The Olio," The All American Melodrama Theater and Music Hall, Long Beach, CA

Can our righteous Hero, Edward Middleton - Ren Lescault - (Yay!) - kick his drinking habit (miraculously acquired with that first sip) and win the troth of the comely Mary Wilson - Melinda Messenger - the Heroine (Sigh!)? Can our... Read more →


"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," Musical Theatre West Summer Youth Conservatory, Long Beach, CA

If you like your edification and entertainment alfresco, agog and awed by an inspiring story inspirationally told, then you’ll love “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Troy... Read more →


"A Vision Shared: Architect Kenneth Lee And Designer Thomas Beeton Collaborate To Restore A Beverly Hills Home To Its Original Splendor," (California Homes, October 2008)

The story of the renovation of a classic Beverly Hills residence to its original splendor, by architect Kenneth Lee and interior designer Thomas Beeton, echoes the image of one of Michelangelo’s unfinished “Slaves” sculptures, in which a magnificent figure emerges... Read more →


"Elementary, My Dear Pruner: The Power and the Glory of Keeping It Simple (Sir)," Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Gary Pruner is the aesthetic equivalent of a fishmonger, a flower merchant, a green grocer, a medieval scribe, and a Buddhist monk. He doesn't get wrapped up in the things he portrays with such pyrotechnic effects. Instead he negotiates nano-moment... Read more →


"Romeo and Juliet, Together and Alive At Last," Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre

Someone once crooned that love is a many splendored thing. Splendored? How about sublime, ridiculous, and staggeringly outrageous? It is with Terra Taylor’s direction of “Romeo & Juliet, Together and Alive at Last,” written by Sandra Fenichel Asher and staged... Read more →


"Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions From Big Sur," Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University

Carolyn Kleefeld’s exquisite phantasmagoric paintings don’t so much show Paradise Lost or Paradise Regained as they do some in-between, pre-human celestial battleground moment in which Mother Earth either destroys or rejuvenates itself. Think of a cross between the Luxe, calme... Read more →


"Wanted"

“Wanted,” directed by Timur Bekmambetov, co-written by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, asks us to decide whether Fate (a.k.a. shit) happens or we are the authors of own our lives. In spite of an unsatisfactory ending, it’s a sublime production.... Read more →