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The Lion in Winter - Custom Made Theatre San Francisco Review

A campy Christmas at the Custom Made Theatre Company

The Lion in Winter is a family drama with stakes that make Lear look like a petty squabble. It’s 1183, and King Henry II of England rules a good chunk of Europe. His three sons all want the crown—and the hand of Alais, the French princess who is their...
The Eva Trilogy Review - Magic Theatre, San Francisco

A new Irish epic at Magic Theatre

Multi-part epics are always intimidating. They’re a big commitment to make in advance, and there’s a sense of failure if you don’t see them through. No one wants to be the quitter who only saw Voyage (in Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia) or Das Rheingold (in Wagner’s Ring cycle)....
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Amazon no longer selling wine online to consumers, but: Whole Foods

Retailers that sell alcohol can't accept payments from suppliers to advertise their products. And since wine producers pay Amazon fees to sell through Amazon Wine and it sells as a retailer through its newly acquired Whole Foods Market chain, the situation violates the law. So Amazon Wine which was launched...
Dee Rees - Mill Valley Film Festival

Mill Valley Film Festival Opening Weekend Recap: Dee Rees leads the way

Dee Rees. I didn't know much about her. After Mill Valley Film Festival opening weekend that all changed. The director, best known for Netflix's coming-of-age darling Pariah (2011), held court at the "Mind the Gap" summit on Saturday. Flanked on either side by members of her filmmaking team that helped...
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Stark Insider Short Film: A. Blinding. Light. (VIDEO)

Who is Stark Insider? A. Blinding. Light. The theme continues as Loni Stark and I roll out our series of shorts over the coming weeks and months. This marks the first time we've created a central theme for a series of videos. Over the summer we took a short timeout from...
Who is Stark Insider? With Loni Stark.

2017 Short Film Collection: Who is Stark Insider?

Kicking off the first ever collection of Stark Insider short films.
The Mineola Twins Review -Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco

Twin Trouble on Taylor

The Mineola Twins at Cutting Ball Theater opens with thunder and lightning. The intensity continues unabated throughout the show. Paula Vogel’s play follows a pair of small-town twins as they navigate the trials of sex, potential nuclear war, marriage, electroshock therapy, parenthood, and violent crime. Myra and Myrna have...
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Mill Valley Film Festival: Past. Present. Future. (Video)

This week we kick off our coverage of the Mill Valley Film Festival. Those that have followed Stark Insider over the years may already know we've been covering MVFF since 2010. Since that time we've captured many memorable moments on video. And been fortunate to meet many interesting and...
Theater Review: Hamlet at A.C.T. San Francisco

Stars align for a memorable ‘Hamlet’ at the ACT

The American Conservatory Theater’s Hamlet marks the debut of two greats who somehow (strangely) have never tackled this great play. John Douglas Thompson premieres his Hamlet, direct by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff. The results make me thank whatever theater gods brought these two together to work on Shakespeare’s...
How I Learned to Drive - Custom Made Theatre San Francisco

Lessons in driving and empathy at Custom Made Theatre

Playwright Paula Vogel has been in the news a lot recently. She made her (shamefully overdue) Broadway debut with Indecent, which was nominated for the 2017 Best Play Tony. She started a national conversation around producers’ and critics’ biases when it comes to financing and reviewing plays by women...