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Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate. Check out my interview with Deborah Reinhardt, author of Delectable Destinations: A Chocolate Lover’s Guide to Missouri, on Huffington Post. And the photos? Oh, the photos!

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“the wholehearted” at la jolla playhouse

Posted on December 16, 2016

The Wholehearted

If you’re in San Diego now, stop what you’re doing and order tickets to see The Wholehearted before this special — and I do mean special — engagement leaves on Sunday.

La Jolla Playhouse always features unique and thought-provoking shows, but this is one of its most powerful theater experiences ever.

Written by UC San Diego professor Deborah Stein, The Wholehearted is a one-woman show performed by Suli Holum, who co-directed it with Stein.

And it’s a knockout. more »

“weiner” movie review

Posted on December 8, 2016

Anthony Weiner

It feels appropriate to end my 2016 movie reviews with Weiner, don’t you think?

This has been a year of crushing disappointments in both politics and male behavior, and Weiner is the perfect representation of both. more »

“jackie” movie review

Posted on December 3, 2016

Jackie

Sorry, Amy Adams, Emma Stone and Emily Blunt, but this year’s Academy Award for Best Actress is pretty much guaranteed to go to Natalie Portman for her stunning portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie.

Not only does she channel the First Lady’s look, mannerisms and, oh, that distinctive voice, but she transforms herself into a woman we all thought we knew so well and reveals a whole other side of her. Her performance is haunting. more »

“miss you like hell” at la jolla playhouse

Posted on November 13, 2016

Miss You Like Hell

As we all know,  there are few things as emotionally charged and inherently dramatic as the mother-daughter relationship.

So it’s no surprise that Miss You Like Hell, La Jolla Playhouse’s new, highly-anticipated world premiere musical, is a combination of funny and sad and poignant. Plus, it’s got some great songs. more »

“arrival” movie review

Posted on November 12, 2016

Arrival

Arrival seems like a fitting movie for this election season, and I couldn’t help wishing it had been released before we voted so people could have seen the importance of having a strong, smart woman in charge.

But I digress. more »

“laughter on the 23rd floor” at north coast rep

Posted on October 30, 2016

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

What’s amazing about Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor, now playing at North Coast Rep, is not just how well it’s held up over time but how relevant it still is today. more »

win a copy of “inferno” by dan brown before the movie opens!

Posted on October 25, 2016

Inferno swag

I am a big Dan Brown fan — not to mention a big Tom Hanks fan — not to mention a big Felicity Jones fan — oh, not to mention a big Ron Howard fan — and I can’t wait to see Inferno, which is opening everywhere on Friday. more »

set your dvr for “versailles” on ovation tv

Posted on September 28, 2016

Versailles

When Michael and I visited Versailles a few years ago (note: that is not us in the photo above; ha ha ha!) we were blown away by its over-the-top opulence.

There is nothing subtle or understated about the lush gardens, the sensual fabrics, the dazzling jewels and the endless gold everywhere you look.

We loved learning about the palace’s rich (literally) history and listening to stories that took us back in time and set our imaginations running wild.

So, when Ovation TV invited me to write a sponsored post about Versailles, its new series which premieres Saturday, October 1 at 10 p.m., I pulled out our vacation photos and started daydreaming about Michael and me scampering hand in hand through the magnificent Hall of Mirrors. more »

“the cocktail hour” at north coast rep

Posted on September 18, 2016

The Cocktail Hour

Michael and I love seeing plays at North Coast Repertory Theatre because it’s small and intimate and always presents high quality, award-winning productions.

The Cocktail Hour, considered A.R. Gurney’s most autobiographical play, is the perfect opener for North Coast Rep’s 35th season because it represents what this top-notch regional theatre does best: leave audiences both shaken and stirred. more »

“london road” movie review

Posted on September 18, 2016

London Road

I admit a serial killer on the loose is an odd choice for a musical — which is one of the reasons I was absolutely riveted by London Road.

Based on a British stage play about a real-life crime, the movie version of London Road is vibrant theatre in its own right. more »

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