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

Book: The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

Amanda Filipacchi’s zany satire explores the burden of beauty and societal expectations.

July 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book: The Shining Girls

Lauren Beukes’s time-traveling serial killer thriller aims for summer page-turner status.

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Theatre: The Healing

Samuel D. Hunter’s big-hearted humanity is once again on quiet, radiant display.

July 3, 2016 · Leave a comment


UnREAL is giddy, soapy satire of The Bachelor – with biting social critique.

June 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Film: Girlhood

A French coming-of-age story smartly explores the empowerment of friendship in an otherwise limiting world.

June 19, 2016 · 4 Comments

TV: States of Undress

In States of Undress, Hailey Gates explores the social impact of global fashion.

June 12, 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: Mustang

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s feature debut is a knockout of female empowerment.

May 22, 2016 · 4 Comments