KSRO Interview – “She Kills Monsters”

My guests on the Thursday, March 4 theatre segment* on KSRO’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon were director Leslie McCauley, performer Claire Grodrian, and designer Kris Hakim from the Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts streaming production of She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realm. * The audio file for this segment is incomplete. The file will…

Review: “Hindsight 2021 Short Play Festival”

I love short play festivals. You get a bunch of different stories and a bunch of different storytellers and, should there be a lemon in the bunch, welllll… it’s over in a few minutes and you move on to the next one. Left Edge Theatre is presenting their Hindsight 2021 Short Play Festival, featuring twelve…

Review: “Run”

You’ve got to be of a certain age or a cinephile to understand the term “B” movie. Originally used to identify the second feature on a double-bill (the first being the “A” movie), some studios maintained “A” and “B” production units, while other studios – like Monogram and Republic – produced nothing but low-budget features…

Review: “Hillbilly Elegy”

When J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy was published in 2016, there was some controversy as to whether Vance’s take on Appalachian culture as embodied by his family was truly representative. Others latched on to Vance’s memoir as a guide to understanding red state politics and the rise of Trump.   The Ron Howard-directed film adaptation,…

Review: “Uncle Frank”

It’s been a while since a movie has ripped out my heart out and repeatedly stomped it into the ground while still giving me a sense of hope. Such a film is Alan Ball’s Uncle Frank, available now on Amazon Prime. Part family drama, part road-trip movie, part coming-of-age story, and part coming-out-late-in-life tale, it’s…