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Thom Geier serves up commentary on movies, TV, books, theater, and all manner of pop culture

L.A. stage review: ‘Girlfriend’

Matthew Sweet wrote one of the great alt-rock albums, and one of the best breakup song cycles, in 1991’s now-classic Girlfriend. Now the LP has become the basis for an … Continue reading

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London stage review: Chiwetel Ejifor in ‘Everyman’

Chiwetel Ejifor makes quite an entrance in Everyman, the first production directed by Rufus Norris since taking over as artistic director of London’s National Theatre. The 12 Years a Slave … Continue reading

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London stage review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

This year’s Olivier winner for best comedy is a daffy trifle with the apt title The Play That Goes Wrong, in which the decidedly amateur (and amateurish) Cormley Polytechnic Drama … Continue reading

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and superhero saga fatigue

Let me say this upfront: There is an admirable popcorn-movie craftsmanship in Avengers: Age of Ultron, much of it due to the efforts of director Joss Whedon and a cast … Continue reading

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L.A. stage review: Sean Hayes in ‘An Act of God’

The Lord works in mysterious ways, perhaps none more mysterious than by embodying Emmy-winning sitcom star Sean Hayes in the uproarious virtually one-man show “An Act of God,” playing through … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

A review of the new Broadway revival of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s musical “Fiddler on the Roof” that opened in December 2015 under the direction of Bartlett Sher

December 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

2015 Tony nominations: Surprises and snubs

There were not a lot of surprises with the Tony nominations today, though one thing is clear: I would not want to be working for Harvey Weinstein. The movie mogul’s … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Off Broadway review: Anne Hathaway in ‘Grounded’ at the Public

I never understood the antipathy that some people seem to have for Anne Hathaway. She’s strikingly beautiful, of course, but in a way that is not supermodel offputting. She radiates … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

TonySauce: Will ‘Something Rotten!’ be the first cold opener since ‘Book of Mormon’ to take Best Musical?

Something Rotten!, a musical comedy send-up of both William Shakespeare and Broadway musicals, is hoping to defy the odds by opening cold on the Main Stem without an out-of-town tryout. … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Broadway review: ‘Airline Highway’ with Julie White

Lisa D’Amour is the rare playwright willing to explore the issues of class and economic anxiety in contemporary American society. Her insightful and incendiary 2010 play Detroit followed two suburban … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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