Review

Rainbow Time
The family is the most atomic representation of existing and coexisting in a society. It resembles the balance of freedom and boundless action with the constraints of duty and obligation to others who help ameliorate one’s being. Obviously, this is not true universally; there is the unfortunate matter that a plurality of individuals grows as
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
What defines mental illness? If we said it was a state of lack of mental wellness, do we mean a mentality that makes behavior inoperable, or self-destructive and destructive of an external environment to include others? What is a mentality which is deviant yet not harmful? Does a mental illness simply refer to abnormal behavior,
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Manhattan Romance
Manhattan Romance does not know what it’s trying to be, and it’s fine with that. The ambiguity isn’t helped by the protagonist, a male filmmaker who has a pet documentary project whereby he interviews people to discover their loving relationships. What exactly is he trying to get out of it? He himself, after all, struggles
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Burn After Reading
The Coen Brothers suffer, if at all, from an abundance of wit, leading to, as in the instance of Burn After Reading, a fast-thrown dialogue onto the screen ridiculing the modern-day Rome on the Potomac. It’s put so poetically in the dark comedy by the protagonist Osbourne Cox: once the Cold War ended, the role
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Defending Your Life
Contemplating the afterlife is a past-time that humans have endeavored with since perhaps the first moments of sympathy for the loss of a human life. The question, eternally, of where does one go when one’s life ends has been the work, almost foundationally, of religion since human records began. Defending Your Life is not trying
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Fantastic Planet
Fantastic Planet explores the idea of human beings being pests in a surreal world. Almost miniaturized to being classified as Earth-bound termites, humans are labeled as “Oms” by the giant blue anthropomorphic creatures, who treat them as pets and play things. The entire film is actually less surreal than anticipated, as it follows a linear
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Three Americans
https://www.bridge.productions/sue-danielson.html https://krabjabstudio.com/shop/patrick-mcgrath-muniz/ http://www.westoflenin.com/index.php http://www.artswest.org/ Out of the outrage of a president which one despises being elected, all across the country there is an artistic pang which has been swelling up to be released on the stage. This is quite a feat then, of three writers producing in just a few months meticulously crafted one-acts which
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Cannibals Alone @ Theatre Unleashed 2-20-17
  Is it better to suffer injustice or to commit it? The vigilante answers that, even if there is a risk of being an accomplice, it is better to enforce some notion of justice upon society, however corrupt it may be. There is something redeemable and salvageable which makes it worthwhile to erect a notion
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Grimly Handsome @ City Garage
  In a quick, spindle-wheel rotation of under 90 minutes in length, Grimly Handsome meanders its way through the epicenter of supposed contemporary Manhattan life, which is scintillated by aberrant human behaviors which generally are considered unethical. The double-edged sword of housing a pressure cooker of human originality, however authentic that reality is at least
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Hand to God Review @ Curious Theatre Company
There continues to be a fine line between being provocative for its very namesake, and being so which acts in an entirely subservient manner to the centrality of the plot. While Hand to God is better off than most in being so overtly flagrant in, if not stirring then, traumatizing the senses, it suffers from
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The Big Meal Review @ The new Century Theatre Company
This is a triumph in contemporary theatre. It strips away the vanities of staged productions; of manufactured choreography, and of banal dialogue that is trying to stretch an atom of an idea into a densely compact story. The rhythm of this exploration into the human life, in which every kind universally has been cast slings
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Assistance @ Shoe-box Theatre (Portland, Oregon)
Assistance is a small stage production trying to isolate and concentrate a more venomous side of the executive assistant tongue, most popularized by the film The Devil Wears Prada. While in that work there is a terrific exposition of one central character, and the actual humor in the incidental work where before she had no
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Abe Begalin Solo Show
Abe Begalin took possession of half of an art gallery, filling that half with viscerally imposing, even daunting, monuments to an indeterminate scientific future. It is, in his own way, a contribution to science fiction which in itself is a categorization of the fantasizing of science, more or less. And with such fantasizing of science,
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The Seductive Line: Eroticism in the Early 20th Century Germany
Modern German artists, especially enveloped in the Weimar Republic, have an eerie perspective on the nature of humanity. As is demonstrated with these etchings, there is no longer a celebration or a humanism in representing mankind. Note how historically in the West, and recharged with the Renaissance, the anthropomorphic form was consistently utilized to imagine
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Islam Now, Part 2
While missing the first installment of this exposure to another perspective of the world, I was fortunate enough to find this one, albeit quaintly installed in a side corner of one of the Los Angeles County Museum’s building. There are two immediate invocations that are summoned when walking briskly through this. The first is the
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SOCKS by Eishi Takaoka @ G2 (Giant Robot) Gallery
I have spoken before about the need for the mastery of technique to be controlled and directed in a righteous manner; that the artist should not be mired and contented with their mastery of a craft. It is simply a higher form of onanism, then, which does not reveal anything spiritually significant to the audience
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Dark Stage @ Thinkspace Gallery
Can good, if not great, artistic technique be sufficient enough a measure for good art? Is such mastery of the most fastidious detail in visual representation not an astonishment in itself? This is the challenge prompted by the artist, Adam Caldwell, who is exhibiting works that are self-described as emulating Jacques-Louis David’s intentionally theatrical spacing
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Duchamp to Pop @ The Norton Simon Museum
Duchamp to Pop attempts to link the emergence of the Pop Art phenomenon to Marcel Duchamp, the undoubtedly pioneering French artist who fed off of a shock and awe campaign of altering the definition of art, away from a purely aesthetic effort. We might consider Duchamp then the originator of artistic expression that is not
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