Critical Confabulations

a theatre, film & pop culture review

Film: Middle of Nowhere

Ava DuVernay shows affinity for graceful humanity & a focus on social justice before Selma.

August 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theatre: The Ruins of Civilization

Penelope Skinner envisions a dystopian future not far removed from our present day in this must-see world premiere.

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Confirmation

Confirmation is a clear and galvanizing call for women’s and victims’ rights.

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theatre: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

British playwright Alice Birch takes cues from Caryl Churchill & Sarah Kane for this sharp, funny, feminist work.

May 1, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theatre: Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

George C. Wolfe’s Shuffle Along vitally reimagines the 1921 black musical sensation, showcasing Broadway’s best talent.

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Advantageous

Advantageous offers intimate observations of womanhood in a genre so often synonymous with action-packed masculinity.

April 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theatre: Smart People

Lydia R. Diamond’s sharp, sexy Smart People tackles race and racism in America.

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Pariah

Writer-director Dee Rees takes inspiration from her own coming-out story for the Sundance hit, Pariah.

February 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theatre: Skeleton Crew

Dominique Morisseau completes her Detroit trilogy with the moving and timely Skeleton Crew.

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment