Monthly Archive for March, 2011

: March, 2011

‘Musicality Hour': radio as theatre at Yale Cabaret

You only have five more chances to catch Mike Skinner’s new play “The Musicality Radio Hour” which opened last weekend at Yale Cabaret and will be on again tonight through Saturday. Skinner is a third

Hollywood from A(l Pacino) to (Catherine) Z(eta-Jones)

The new HBO documentary “His Way” tells a great modern Hollywood story — the rise of Jerry Weintraub from talent agent to one of the most important producers in the business. Like the recent HBO

Bartlett Sher scores another Manhattan hit with ‘Le Comte Ory’

What a pleasure it has been watching the hard-working director Barlett Sher become one of the stars of the New York opera and theater worlds over the past few years. It seems like only yesterday that

Believe it or not, a new must-see Nazi documentary

For many years, The History Channel has been dubbed “The Hitler Channel” by wags for the seemingly endless programming devoted to Adolf Hitler and World War II. So, when I received a copy of the DVD

#fridayreads ‘Slugfest’ by Rosemary Harris

A wonderful blogger in Arlington, Virginia — Bethanne Patrick — publishes a Twitter feed under the moniker @thebookmaven and every Friday she asks her followers to share what they are reading under

Elizabeth Taylor R.I.P.: pop culture revolutionary

The first phrase that popped into my head when I heard about the death of Elizabeth Taylor this morning was “erotic vagrancy.” That’s what the Vatican charged the actress with while she was conducting

Gearing up for Broadway’s sexiest night of the year

There was good news from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS last week — director-choreographer Josh Rhodes is returning to stage this year’s “Broadway Bares” benefit which is being called

‘Limitless’: Bradley Cooper proves he can ‘open’ a movie

An irresistible premise and the official launching of a new star were enough to make “Limitless” the top movie at the box office over the weekend. For once, the most popular film in the land also

Beach book season begins with ‘When Beauty Tamed the Beast’

With temps in the 70s on Friday, I think we should kick off beach book season early this year — haven’t we earned it after the winter we’ve been through? — and I have a good one for you: “When Beauty

Rent it now: Ed McBain classic via Japan, ‘High and Low’

American crime fiction heavily influenced French filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard who turned to lesser-known U.S. novelists David Goodis and Lionel White for the great films “Shoot the