Archive for 2019


When I first saw the animated film THE LION KING, I thought it was the cutest and funniest film and it was also deep in meaning. The stage play blew me away. I immediately fell in love with the costumes, staging, songs and voices.  I remember my nephews’ eyes in looking in wonder as the... Read more »

CATS Is More Than A Lot of Fur and Purring

There are several stage productions that I love so much I will see over, and over again.  I saw THE WIZ thirty-five times; PIPPIN – fifteen times; STARLIGHT EXPRESS – ten times; A CHORUS LINE– twelve times; RENT – thirteen times; and CATS – fifteen times. Yes, I also have the soundtracks to each which... Read more »


When ever there are several sequels to a film you wonder if any of them will be as good as the first.  I saw the original SHAFT starring Richard Roundtree and thought no one could ever play the role like him.  The soundtrack by Issac Hayes was a major character of the film. It was... Read more »


The title of this film could have been “A Tale of Two Dreams.”  One a dream of a young man to reclaim his family home. One a dream of keeping communities from being eaten up through gentrification that is going on across the country. The Last Black Man in San Francisco is based on the... Read more »


There are many famous films that tell a love story. There are many more that aren’t as well known. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR is one that I hope doesn’t get lost.  As usual it is the story of two people from different worlds with different beliefs. Natasha comes from a close and loving... Read more »

Cirque Du Soleil VOLTA is Timely

Happily, Cirque Du Soleil has brought the tent back to Chicago’s lakefront.  I saw my first Cirque production in 1991 on the lakefront and it was magical. Is this day and time when people are constantly being judged and many feeling lost and having a hard time blending into society VOLTA is a story of... Read more »

"MA" is More Crazed than Scary

I had been looking forward to seeing what Octavia Spencer was going to do with her character in the film “MA.”  It looked like it was going to be totally scary and I was ready for it. Sue Ann Ellington is a Veterinary Tech that lives in a small town in Ohio where she was... Read more »

AMERICAN GIRL LIVE Brings Diversity and Fun to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

Many years ago, I remember taking my two nieces, Kiara and Katina (both now 30 years of age) to the American Girl store and the only doll that looked like them was Addy a young black girl who lived in 1894.   Now the dolls are very diverse, and the story is modernized. American Girl Live... Read more »

Jordan Peele has done it again with film US

Therefore, thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them. Jeremiah 11:11 This is one of those films that you need to see and process for yourself, so I am not going... Read more »

A Conversation with Breanna Marie Bell – Lead Actress in the National Touring Company of A BRONX TALE

Breanna, for my readers who may not have a clue about A Bronx Tale, would you give us a synopsis of what the play is about? Breanna Marie:  Yeah, the story is based in the Bronx in like the 1960s, 1950s.  It’s about a young man, Italian boy; he’s in high school.  Basically, maneuvering between... Read more »