Review | Where Mohegan history meets Shakespeare

Review | Where Mohegan history meets Shakespeare

Most people will never have to contemplate, yet alone confront, the notion of losing touch with their native language. So when Mohegan playwright and performer Madeline Sayet steps on the Folger Theatre stage and relays that experience with wit, warmth and mournful reflection, her articulation of that erasure speaks volumes. Language, Sayet underscores, is the … Read more

Review | The deliriously beautiful art of India’s master court painters

Review | The deliriously beautiful art of India’s master court painters

In the 16th century, when Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael were futzing about with single-point perspective and trying vainly to resuscitate old gods, artists in India began producing some of the most concentrated, trance-inducing and deliriously beautiful art ever made. Take, for example, a small painting on cloth by two Mughal artists, Basawan and Jagan. It … Read more

Why ‘The Traitors’ is one of the greatest reality TV shows ever

Why ‘The Traitors’ is one of the greatest reality TV shows ever

Spoilers for “The Traitors” abound. You have been warned! Gather round, ye children, while I tell you a tale of intrigue, treachery and coldblooded murder. Fake murder, sure. But, oh, is it delicious. Every few days or so I find myself trying to recruit friends and strangers alike into the fandom of “The Traitors,” the … Read more

Review | In the galleries: A filmmaker’s latest edition of souls on separate journeys

Review | In the galleries: A filmmaker’s latest edition of souls on separate journeys

Practitioners of walking meditation often move at a glacial pace, engaging each step the way a sitting meditator registers every breath. The exercise is usually performed in a quiet room, not the bustling D.C. sites depicted in “Abiding Nowhere,” the 10th installment in Tsai Ming-liang’s “Walker” series and the first shot in the Western Hemisphere. … Read more

What to know about ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (if you’re confused by all the Avatars)

What to know about ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ (if you’re confused by all the Avatars)

Long ago, in early 2005, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” hit our very thick television screens. Nickelodeon’s anime-inspired epic cartoon became a fan favorite with long-tail, generation-bridging appeal. Now it’s back — not for the first time, but more on that later — with a handsome, live-action adaptation on Netflix. Its millennial and Gen Z fans … Read more

Review | ‘Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’ is so good, it nearly wrecked my life

Review | ‘Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’ is so good, it nearly wrecked my life

StarSolidStarSolidStarSolidStarSolid(4 stars) “Final Fantasy VII” is one of the most beloved video games stories ever told because of its exploration of personal identity: how it’s shaped through our memories and through our relationships with the people around us. It is deeply personal and emotionally immersive. “Final Fantasy VII Rebirth,” releasing Feb. 29 on the PlayStation … Read more

Review | A Shakespeare riff that swaps in singing cowboys for severed heads

Review | A Shakespeare riff that swaps in singing cowboys for severed heads

Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” has plenty to recommend it: stirring speeches about the nobility of mercy, still-resonant themes of government overreach in the morality department. But despite its vaguely nonsensical, pseudo-happy ending, “Measure” is pretty dour; few would put the genre-defying “problem play” on a list of the Bard’s most uproarious comedies. But everyone’s having … Read more