Jean Lowerison

Theater Review: “Golda’s Balcony”

Rosina Reynolds as Golda Meir

Golda Meir, the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics (before that sobriquet was applied to Margaret Thatcher), was a teacher, kibbutznik, wife and mother before she became the fourth prime minister of Israel.

In William Gibson’s solo show “Golda’s Balcony,” Meir reminisces on her life in and out of politics, but most of the show is concerned with her handling of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Theater Review: “Hedda Gabler”

Mhari Sandoval & Bruce Turk (on couch)

Ah, Hedda Gabler, the quintessential control freak. All she wants is all there is and then some. Or at least control over her life. What she gets is Jörgen Tesman, an ambitious but dull academic who promises a good living but an unexciting life.

Theater Review: “tokyo fish story”

(from left) Raymond Lee appears as Nobu, Tim Chiou as Takashi, and James Saito as Koji

Tradition and ritual confront change and modernity in Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story,” playing through June 26 at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

Koji (James Saito), owner of Sushi Koji somewhere in Tokyo, has spent some 35 years going to the market every day for the fish he will serve. He is old-school, holding to the tradition and the art of sushi making.

Film Review: "Genius"

Colin Firth and Jude Law in "Genius"

When Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins’ reader dropped Thomas Wolfe’s massive first manuscript on his desk, Perkins asked, “Is it good?”

“No,” said the reader, “but it’s unique.”

Thus began one of the most famous author/editor relationships of the 20th century.

Theater Review: “42nd Street”

The Company from Spreckels Theatre's production of "42nd Street."

Get out your tap shoes and your dreams of stardom (well, metaphorically anyway): “42nd Street” is back in town, that tap-happy show that will renew your faith in the triumph of good and the dreams of youth.

Theater Review: "Stupid F***ing Bird"

L to R: Ro Boddie, Rachel, Esther Tate

Ever notice that people don’t need help screwing up their lives because they can do it quite effectively themselves?

Theater Review: “Woody Guthrie’s American Song”

Karen Ann Daniels, Sean Yael-Cox

You have to love a guy whose guitar sports this message: “This machine kills fascists.”

That would be Woody Guthrie, composer of more than 3,000 songs, many of which have entered the “standards” lists. Chief among them is “This Land Is Your Land.” Guthrie  wrote about lots of thing, but he is probably best known as a singer of protest and/or peace songs.

Theater Review: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Kyle Short as Jesus in Welk Resort's theater production of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

If you’re like me in thinking “Jesus Christ Superstar” by far the best musical Andrew Lloyd Webber ever wrote, I have great news for you: Welk Resorts Theatre has a smashing production on the boards as we speak, directed and choreographed by Ray Limón. I suggest you get your tickets now.

Theater Review: "Hollywood"

Martin Meccouri, Shaun T. Evans, Katherine Ko, Scott Drummond and Lee Sellars

“Hollywood,” Joe DiPietro’s latest play, calls itself a “noir thriller.” It has a lot of elements, some of them black or at least bleak, but not necessarily noir. 

Theater Review: "Camp David"

Ned Eisenberg as Menachem Begin, Richard Thomas as Jimmy Carter, and Khaled Nabawy as Anwar Sadat

It was a long shot from the beginning. The players: a failed president (Jimmy Carter); an assassin and Nazi collaborator (Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt), and a terrorist (Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel).

The task: To establish peace between Egypt and Israel.