Articles by Beverly Cohn

James Cameron’s Astonishing “Deepsea Challenge 3D” Documentary

James Cameron’s Astonishing “Deepsea Challenge 3D” Documentary Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s fascination with the sea began as a youngster when he was inspired by “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” popular television specials that aired in the 1960s and 1970s

Broadway Bound Reincarnated at Ron Sossi’s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Broadway Bound Reincarnated at Ron Sossi’s Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Once in a while, someone decides to revive an old chestnut and sometimes it’s a waste of time and sometimes it’s fun to welcome an old theatrical friend

Neil LaBute’s “In A Dark Dark House” Makes in LA Premiere at The Matrix Theatre

Neil LaBute’s “In A Dark Dark House” Makes in LA Premiere at The Matrix Theatre Neil LaBute is a playwright who doesn’t shy away from theatrical blood letting and his play “In A Dark Dark House,” which is a guest production on stage at The Matrix, is yet another of LaBute’s fascinating

“El Grande de Coca-Cola” Will Tickle Your Funny Bone

“El Grande de Coca-Cola”  Will Tickle Your Funny Bone Produced by Michael Myers and written by Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman, and John Neville-Andrews, this revival, originally performed almost 40 years ago in London

Casey Affleck on Career, His Famous Brother, and Friendship

Casey Affleck on Career, His Famous Brother, and Friendship Casey Affleck is the kid brother of Ben and like his brother has been racking up a string of films including “The Assassination of Jesse James” for which he garnered an Academy Award nomination

Cate Blanchett & Peter Sarsgaard On Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”

   Cate Blanchett & Peter Sarsgaard On Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” What more can you say about one of the world’s most gifted actresses? We have watched Australian-born Cate Blanchett transform herself on the big screen creating a myriad of distinctly different characters

Original New York Cast Star in “Rapture, Blister, Burn”

Original New York Cast Star in “Rapture, Blister, Burn” Gloria Steinem launched the pioneering, feminist Msmagazine, which tackled such subjects as domestic violence and other pertinent issues of the day as well as participating in the creation of New York magazine for which she wrote a political column

Derek Luke Talks About His Career and The Women Who Inspired Him

Derek Luke Talks About His Career and The Women Who Inspired Him Derek Luke’s life reads like a lovely and sometimes not so lovely fairy tale. Born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, his early years were less than idyllic

“Lost Girls” Safe and Sound At The Rogue Machine

“Lost Girls” Safe and Sound At The Rogue Machine The award-winning Rogue Machine scores again with John Pollono’s world premiere production of “Lost Girls,” a dramedy that explores the embers of a failed marriage as well as the emotional dynamics of a working class family

Shane Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story About Consequences of Inequality

Shane Bitney Crone Shares His Sad Story About Consequences of Inequality The documentary “Bridegroom” is a touching, tragic love story about a beautiful young gay couple - Shane Bitney Crone, originally from a small, conservative town in Montana, and his partner, Tom Bridegroom, from equally conservative Indiana

Writer/Actor/Musician Johan Heldenbergh on “The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry

Writer/Actor/Musician Johan Heldenbergh on “The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium’s Foreign Language Oscar Entry Belgium actor Johan Heldenbergh is an amazing multi-talented man. He is the writer of the original play “The Broken Circle Breakdown” and played the lead character of Didier

The Very Visible Ralph Fiennes Talks About Charles Dickens and “The Invisible Woman”

The Very Visible Ralph Fiennes Talks About Charles Dickens and “The Invisible Woman” Ralph Fiennes exploded on screen in his mesmerizing performance as Amon Goeth, the psychotic Nazi commandant in Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List

Laughter Abounds in The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol” – Twist Your Dickens!"

Laughter Abounds in The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol” – Twist Your Dickens!" The Second City’s “A Christmas Carol – Twist Your Dickens!” on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is the perfect antidote to the holiday tradition condition

“STOMP” On Stage At the Saban Theatre Thrills Audiences of All Ages

“STOMP” On Stage At the Saban Theatre Thrills Audiences of All Ages In a breathtaking display of percussive and movement virtuosity, this troop of young performers were mesmerizing with their astounding creativity

Hershey Felder’s “Abe Lincoln’s Piano” Closes at the Geffen Playhouse

   Hershey Felder’s “Abe Lincoln’s Piano” Closes at the Geffen Playhouse Hershey Felder has carved out a very successful career in the United States and Europe as a composer, musician, and actor, primarily known for his one-man shows that embody some of the greatest composers

Barry McGovern Mesmerizes in “I’ll Go On” - A Breathtaking Interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Prose

Barry McGovern Mesmerizes in “I’ll Go On” - A Breathtaking Interpretation of Samuel Beckett’s Prose In an electrifying tour-de-force, Barry McGovern, flooded the Kirk Douglas Theatre with a tidal wave of some of the famed author/playwright ‘s most savory, provocative, and obtuse prose in “I’ll Go On”

The Italians Score Again With “Siddhartha, the Musical”

The Italians Score Again With “Siddhartha, the Musical” Once again, a play, written and directed by Isabella Biffi, based on Herman Hesse’s iconic novel, has emanated from an Italian prison, this one from Milan’s Opera jail

Vera Farmiga on the Complex Demands as Mother, Wife, and Actor

Vera Farmiga on the Complex Demands as Mother, Wife, and Actor Vera Farmigas'latest film,“At Middleton,” in which she co-stars with Andy Garcia, garnered her the Best Actress award from the Boston Society of Film Critics

“The Whipping Man,” Matthew Lopez’s Powerful Play, Makes its L.A. Premiere at the Pico Playhouse

“The Whipping Man,” Matthew Lopez’s Powerful Play, Makes its L.A. Premiere at the Pico Playhouse “The Whipping Man,” written by award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez, is a fascinating, complex, unique play, and by far one of the most provocative pieces of material the West Coast Jewish Theatre has produced

Santa Monica High School Students Win The Prestigious 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Award For Popular Voice

Santa Monica High School Students Win The Prestigious 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Award For Popular Voice Santa Monica High School students Jennifer Gsell and Quinn D'Andrea have been named winners of the 2014 National YoungArts Foundation in the discipline of popular voice

Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” Brilliantly Performed at The Wallis

Noël Coward’s “Brief Encounter” Brilliantly Performed at The Wallis “Brief Encounter,” in its Los Angles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts Center, miraculously blends the two genres, creating an evening of what I would like to call Theatrical Cinema

Jason Bateman Scores a Hit Directing His First Feature Film

Jason Bateman Scores a Hit Directing His First Feature Film We all know that Jason Bateman is a wonderfully versatile actor with a special comedic gift that he brings full throttle to his first directorial effort in “Bad Words”

CAPSULE REVIEW

CAPSULE REVIEW Violent family feuds are part and parcel of Americana, the most notorious one being between The Hatfields and The McCoys, which began in 1865 and resulted in around one dozen deaths

Theater Review - “Co-Dependents: 2 Plays on Drugs” by Steve Stajich

Theater Review - “Co-Dependents:  2 Plays on Drugs” by Steve Stajich With the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a cocktail of heroin, cocaine, and several other drugs, he became another number in the tens of thousands of people who succumb to deadly drug addiction annually

Annette Bening Dazzles in the World Premiere of “Ruth Draper’s Monologues”

Annette Bening Dazzles in the World Premiere of “Ruth Draper’s Monologues” For those of you who might be wondering who is Ruth Draper and why is she being channeled by Annette Bening, in “Ruth Draper’s Monologues,” currently on stage at The Geffen Playhouse, the answer is simple

Baryshnikov On Stage at The Broad in the Highly Stylized “Man in a Case”

Baryshnikov On Stage at The Broad in the Highly Stylized “Man in a Case” At the end of this play, a lot of the audience milled around the lobby asking each other if they could explain what just happened on the stage

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess - An Adaptation of a Musical Treasure

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess  - An Adaptation of a Musical Treasure For those of you who are purists and would prefer to not see this ground-breaking American folk opera fiddled with in any way, you may very well have problems with the American Repertory Theater’s version of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,”

Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair on “Blue Ruin” –A Cautionary Tale on Revenge

Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair on “Blue Ruin” –A Cautionary Tale on Revenge Director, writer, and cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and Macon Blair, who has the starring role in “Blue Ruin,” are childhood friends who grew up in Alexandria,Virginia

Johnny Depp Featured in Charlie Paul’s “For No Good Reason” – A Documentary on British Cartoonist Ralph Steadman

Johnny Depp Featured in Charlie Paul’s “For No Good Reason” – A Documentary on British Cartoonist Ralph Steadman  Writers such as Chekov, Ibsen, John Steinbeck, or Arthur Miller, have used their art form to shine a light on the inequities, hypocrisies, and family struggles inherent in the socio/economic/political structures present at any given time in history

Capsule Film Review – “Le Chef”

Capsule Film Review – “Le Chef” “Le Chef” is a delicious, starry-eyed food adventure that will keep you thoroughly entertained from the opening playful animated fruit and vegetables dancing to Nicola Piovani’s whimsical musical score

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