Steven G. Kellman Archives
- ‘The Past:’ The greatest Iranian film ever made in French
It is hard enough to write well in your native language (“All you do,” wrote Red Smith, “is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein”), but one...
- Hamlet Goes to College in ‘Wittenberg’
Before returning to Elsinore for the wedding of his mother and his uncle, Hamlet was a student in Wittenberg. Martin Luther, a professor of theology...
- David Davalos Sends 'Hamlet' Back to School
David Davalos says that his goal in writing Wittenberg, which opens November 1 at the Cellar Theater, was “to ruin Hamlet for anyone who sees it after this...
- ‘The Haunted House’: A raucous Roman holiday
Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus’ Mostellaria is the rowdy forerunner of Risky Business and other movies in which teens transform their homes into dens...
- ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’: Stellar Stella brought down to Earth
Though it turns 66 on December 3, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is not ready to retire. Witness its resiliency in Blue Jasmine...
- As ‘White’ As The August Snow: AtticRep and The Aesthetic of Waste’s collaboration
Combine all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum, and you have the color white. Throw together two independent theatrical companies as well as roller...
- ‘Fill the Void’ and the Mating Habits of the Pious
Early in Fill the Void, said to be the first mainstream feature film directed by an Orthodox Jewish woman, the serenity of a Tel Aviv apartment is disturbed...
- 'Hellcab' at AtticRep
Like proctologists, taxicab drivers observe the human species from a unique angle. A Google search of “taxi stories” yields more...
- 'The Flu Season'
A quarter of the way through The Flu Season, Will Eno’s 2003 absurdist exercise set in a psychiatric hospital, patients in the TV room watch a report on how an entire family fell through early-winter ice and died. Skating on a thin dramatic surface, the pla
- 'Renoir': The painter, his model, and his son
It is hard to think of a father-son combination that distinguished itself more in two different art forms than the Renoirs’ père et fils...
- 'Beyond the Hills,' flesh vs. spirit in a Romanian convent
A connoisseur of female desperation, Cristian Mungiu won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2007 for 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, the story of a young woman who struggles...
- 'Waiting for Lefty': Proxy Theatre's revival of Clifford Odets' classic
The premiere of Waiting for Lefty, by the legendary Group Theater in New York in 1935, was as sensational as the first performance of The Rite of Spring...
- 'House of Cards': Netflix and the reinvention of TV
A skeleton unearthed beneath a parking lot in Leicester is, according to DNA analysis, the physical remains of Richard III, the Plantagenet king vilified...
- 'Red' brings Mark Rothko to life at The Playhouse
In one of the most notorious episodes in the history of modern art, Nelson Rockefeller ordered the destruction of a mural he had commissioned from...
- Marion Cotillard shines on trite 'Rust and Bone'
For most of Rust and Bone, Marion Cotillard plays a legless woman. Though the corporeal deficiency is a hardship for the character, Stéphanie, an...
- 'American Buffalo': AtticRep offers Yuletide sneer
’Tis the season to be jolly, but AtticRep has launched its seventh season with a nasty masterpiece of misanthropy. It is a gutsy move, and, to...
- 'Ebenazio' is Jump-Start's comical gift of the season
Three things that no sane adult would want to go near throughout this season of institutionalized jollity: a shopping mall, a bowl game, and A Christmas Carol...
- Frisch's 'Firebugs' offers clarion call about fundamentalists in Iran and the U.S.
Swiss playwright Max Frisch subtitled The Firebugs, a 1953 radio play that was adapted to the stage in 1958, A Learning-Play Without a Lesson.
- 'Chicken with Plums' a story of a fiddler and his truth
To understand why Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, who brought Iranian émigrée Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novel Persepolis to the screen in 2007...
- Jump-Start party is a big tent
The carpas, the traveling tent shows that entertained working-class audiences throughout Mexico and the Southwest during the 1920s and 1930s, offered a...
- AtticRep's 'Virginia Woolf' is side-splitting and soul-searching
Families fare badly in Western drama. Oedipus kills his father, Lear's daughters connive against one another, and Ibsen's Nora walks out on her husband and their...
- Hey, diddle diddle, sex is a riddle in Cellar Theater production
According to the familiar nursery rhyme, when the cow jumped over the moon, it caused the little dog to erupt into laughter. There is much mirth in...
- A conscientious objector unearths the lessons of the 'American War'
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it — which is how what Gore Vidal calls the United States of Amnesia ended up invading and occupying Iraq...
- 'Wolf' gnaws over sexual predators in church, but fails to tackle the hardest questions
The drama of a dutiful boy abused in church, Wolf was written and directed by a local kid who made good. A graduate of San Antonio's Sam Houston High School who...
- 'Bent' plumbs Nazi Germany's pink triangulation
In 1979, when Bent premiered in a London production starring Ian McKellen, homosexuality was still actively persecuted and prosecuted as a sin and crime. Gays and lesbians were still invisible in...
- Woody Allen’s Italian midsummer night's sex comedy finishes first
Woody Allen, who once declared, “I am at two with nature,” is smitten with great cities. New York is his first and enduring love, but in recent years he has also...
- Fiction leads to murder in 'The Pillowman'
Ronald Ibbs, Maureen Halligan, and David Bowen once bestrode the boards of San Antonio stages. Trinity and Incarnate Word hosted professional productions, and...
- Provocative 'The Intouchables' cashes in with several coats of sugar
Even before its release in the United States, The Intouchables became the highest grossing non-Anglophone film in history. Such commercial success can be...
- 'Wings': Made-in-SA Academy Award winner still thrills
The same qualities that sent movie moguls to southern California in the second decade of the 20th century — plentiful sunshine, cheap land and labor, varied landscapes...
- 'God of Carnage' exposes atavism in a bourgeois living room
For its 2011-12 season, AtticRep has transformed its home, the Attic Stage at Trinity University, into a laboratory for domestic mayhem.
- 'Cries That Bind' dissects the 'tsunami of the soul'
The sardonic theme song of M*A*S*H assures us that: "Suicide is painless." But bungle the sword stroke during seppuku, and you can count on excruciating agony before...
- 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' closes the Proxy Theatre Company's season
What better way for the Proxy Theater Company to vaunt its versatility, following three contemporary productions, than to lower the curtain on its inaugural season with a Shakespeare play? And what Shakespeare play is more appropriate for a young, ambitious
- 'In Darkness' finds humanity plumbing the sewers of Lvov
The darkness that pervades Agnieszka Holland's new film is figurative and physical. In Darkness (nominated to a Best Foreign Film Oscar) begins with a bungled burglary attempted under...
- Critic's Pick: 'A Separation' wins Oscar for Best Foreign Film
As A Separation — this year’s Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Film— begins, a middle-class husband and wife face the camera and plead their cases to an unseen magistrate.
- Foreign film in San Antonio suffers for 'Ramboville' mindset
In San Antonio, it is easy to find an Audi, a glass of Chianti, and a slice of Camembert. But if you seek imported cinema, you are better off in smaller municipalities...
- Film review: War Horse
Horses came galloping across the screen in the very first narrative film, The Great Train Robbery (1903), and it was a horse that Eadweard Muybridge photographed in the 1880s in still frames that, strung together, pioneered the illusion of motion pictures.
- Hazanavicius’ ode to cinema is a colorful story in black and white
Disturbed that their marriage is falling apart, Doris Valentin (Penelope Ann Miller) says to her husband, “We have to talk, George.”
- The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)
"At age 50," wrote George Orwell, "every man has the face he deserves." But what if a man — or woman — of any age is forced to undergo plastic surgery?
- Paranoid visions of the apocalypse
Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) is haunted by visions that point either to imminent disaster or else to incipient mental illness. "Is anyone seeing this?" Curtis asks.
- Wang explores foot binding and female bonding as he sells out for mass appeal
Podiatry is destiny, not merely for ballerino Rudolf Nureyev and soccer star David Beckham.
- Critic’s Pick: Rear Window
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The temperature is 97 degrees Fahrenheit as Rear Window opens on the kind
- Woody Allen tries Paris, and it tastes good
Out of the burbling caldron of his own meshugass, Woody Allen has created something that will outlive us all.
- Critic’s Pick: ‘Casablanca’
Dir. Michael Curtiz; writ. Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, based on a play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison; feat. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains. (PG)
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Alejandro González Iñárritu simplifies and impresses on the streets of Barcelona
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