RIP: Grandma’s Dinner Theatre Has Been Reincarnated as the Hip Rockwell Table & Stage

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev One would have thought that Dinner Theatre died in Boca Raton Florida with blue haired old ladies and its second rate actors trying to make an honest buck. LA’s Rockwell Table & Stage has not only resurrected the art of a meal and a show, but has taken it from […] Click to read more »

A Passage to an Indian “Wedding” Well Worth Taking

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev A great thing about theatre and movies is one can escape. We can take a trip to the past and meet President Lincoln. We can travel forward and see how the world progresses through an alien’s point of view. Or we can take journey to a country when personal travel is […] Click to read more »

Broadway Bound “Margaritaville” Is A Tasty Recipe But Not Yet Top Shelf

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev La Jolla Playhouse has become the breeding ground for new and exciting productions.  As pointed out at the opening of its current production of “Escape to Margaritaville,” two current Tony nominees started at La Jolla. So it’s no wonder the spotlight is on La Jolla and not surprising that its […] Click to read more »

It’s Easy to Love “Ernest Shackleton”

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev “Hamilton” has pushed open the door to alternative and progressive musicals showing that theatre doesn’t have to be old fashioned and be only your mother’s Broadway. With the flood gates opened, a new and inventive musical has finally made its way to New York but only for a limited run. […] Click to read more »

“Sambá” is an Underdog Boxing Film with Redemption at it’s Core

By: Steve V. Rodriguez Sambá is a multi-layered story about redemption told through an underdog boxing film motif. Through well developed characters against an appealing Dominican Republic backdrop, the viewer is drawn into the well crafted script penned by lead actor, Ettore D’Alessandro and Carolina Encarnacion. After spending 15 years behind bars for an unrevealed crime, […] Click to read more »

The Rise, Fall and Ultimate Evolution of Zac Posen in New Doc, HOUSE OF Z

By: Steve V. Rodriguez At the core, HOUSE OF Z, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival,  shows the rise, fall and ultimate evolution of a designer which has the makings of any great bio-pic, however this is a documentary about the designer Zac Posen. Posen came onto the fashion scene in 2001 and quickly […] Click to read more »

“Bodyguard” Tour Gets Standing O’s on the Road: Can Broadway Be Far Behind?

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev “The Bodyguard” starts with a bang and keeps the excitement building in this live production of the Whitney Houston film. The musical, playing at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts through April 30,  prior to an upcoming three week run in Los Angeles, is a musical songbook, paying […] Click to read more »

THE TRANSFIGURATION is a Modern Vampire Tale Set in an Isolated Adolescent’s World

By Steve V. Rodriguez THE TRANSFIGURATION is a gritty and modern day Vampire tale filled with depth, heart and morality. Not for the faint-hearted as the film has plenty of blood, gore and a looming darkness that hovers over the film. Not in a depressing and slow tone, but more of a thriller and mesmerizing […] Click to read more »

Women’s Month Is Enhanced By SF Premiere of Tony Nominated “Eclipsed”

By Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Tony nominated female driven “Eclipsed” has come to the new Curran Theatre with guns a-blazing. The first Broadway production with an all black female cast, writer and director, “Eclipsed” is a story of five women bound by circumstances during the Second Liberian […] Click to read more »

“Freaky Friday” is a Freaky Fun Day Any Day

by Kevin M. Thomas, @ReelKev Well worth an excursion from Los Angeles, or anywhere Broadway musical fans call home, “Freaky Friday” the musical is one of the most upbeat, high energy, image positive shows to come out in a long time. Hopefully its run here is just a step towards Broadway, like La Jolla Playhouse’s “Memphis” which […] Click to read more »