Author Archive for Amrita Khalid

A Chat With Welcome to the Rileys Director Jake Scott

The British filmmaker Jake Scott (yep, son of Ridley) might not be a household name, but you probably came across his videos on MTV during the '90s—he's shot promos for Radiohead, U2, The Cranberries, and others. Welcome to the Rileys, a skewed family drama starring James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo, and Kristen Stewart, is Scott’s second feature film. [...]

Reviewed, Briefly: Samson & Delilah

Set in Australia, Samson & Delilah is a grim and stomach-churning story of two aboriginal children living an impoverished life in a trailer-park town in the desert. Very loosely inspired by the biblical tale of Samson, this film has almost no dialogue but high-caliber performances from child actors Rowan McNamera and Marissa Gibson. Samson and Delilah leave [...]

“Is There Anyone Alive Out There?”: Scena’s The War of the Worlds, Reviewed

When CBS heads let Orson Welles bring the Martian-invasion fantasy The War of the Worlds to every living room in America the night before Halloween, they didn’t expect mass hysteria.  Sure, Welles wrote the play to sound like an actual emergency news broadcast about Martians landing in a real town in New Jersey, describing actual buildings [...]

This Weekend: Hang Out With Local Artists You Don’t Know at Their Houses

Don’t miss the chance this weekend to call on several of the city’s finest artists as they open up their studios—and, in some cases, their homes—to any random stranger with a hankering to look at and talk about art.  The Mid-City Artists collective, whose numbers are now more than 40, is holding its bi-annual artist [...]

Last-Weekend Interview: Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

Being a young person of color and an artist in this country seems to condemn you to one of several fates: You either dwell in obscurity or in niche-market semi-obscurity, where your work is only consumed and appreciated by the people of your race. Or you get stuck pandering to mostly older, mostly white arts [...]

Beginning Today: “On the Fringe: Eye on Edinburgh” at the Kennedy Center

Jonesin' for the Fringe Festival? No worries. If you're down with performances about population involving five tons of rice, soundscapes wherein you wander around an august cultural institution while actors tell stories of opera and botany and relationships, and plays about the life of Bette Bourne (starring Bette Bourne!), you're in luck.
Over the next three [...]

All Roads Film Festival: Boy, Reviewed

Below, we review another movie from the ongoing All Roads Film Festival. Check back here all weekend for reviews of films showing on Saturday and Sunday.
Taika Cohen, the New Zealand-born director who got lauded by Variety as one of "ten new directors" to watch, brings us a  film about coming of age and Michael Jackson—but [...]

Reviewed: Falsettos

Erica Jong once compared the rhythm of ending a marriage to the rhythm of a courtship, only backward. You try to start again but return to the blame game, over and over. Falsettos captures all of that, but takes out the rhythm in favor of melody, without losing any of the punch.
Even if you're familiar [...]

Theater J’s Something You Did, Like the Play It Replaced, Prods Morality with Real-Life Stand-Ins

You’ve got to hand it to Theater J. It originally planned to open its 2010-2011 season with the meditative, button-pushing Imagining Madoff, which centered on a fictitious encounter between Bernie Madoff and Elie Wiesel. But the real-life Wiesel objected to his portrayal, a rewrite was attempted, and the playwright eventually pulled the work.
Lesser theaters might have [...]

Serious Stimulation: In the Next Room Opens Woolly Mammoth’s Season

Not enough serious theater has been done about sex toys. With In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl transforms the reputation of the vibrator from fringe-festival prop to serious theatrical subject matter. Kind of.
Billed as a “a story of repressed sexuality and physical exploration with equal doses of humor [...]