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Joe Meyers


‘Sex with Strangers’: a smart, believable romantic comedy

Laura Eason’s play “Sex with Strangers” has just arrived at the Second Stage in Manhattan, via Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and it’s the sort of charming love story that delights audiences looking for solid entertainment, but gets tagged as “slight” by some critics. The play is a smart contemporary piece about writers that reminded me of […] [Read More]

Seeing ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ on 42nd Street

Most summer movies wash over audiences, numbing them with special effects and totally disconnected plots. So it was exciting — to say the least — to watch “The Purge: Anarchy” in a packed house on 42nd St. in Manhattan last weekend and to feel the movie connecting with the crowd in such a visceral way. […] [Read More]

The tell-it-like-it-is 2011 memoir by James Garner

The death of James Garner on Sunday prompted a remarkable outpouring of affection by co-workers and fans. The star had an easy-going style that was often overlooked in favor of the more ostentatious acting that gets rave reviews and wins acting prizes. Garner never seemed to break a sweat in his work, whether he was […] [Read More]

Another challenge for the physical book

The anxiety of book publishers and authors escalated again on Friday when Amazon unleashed its KindleUnlimited program. In what has been described as a “Netflix for books” subscribers will pay a fee of $9.99 a month to access unlimited downloading of several hundred thousand titles. The fear of the publishing industry is that avid readers, […] [Read More]

‘Shoot Me’: Elaine Stritch & ‘the end of pretend’

The early 2014 documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” now serves as a perfect send-off for the great stage star who died last week at the age of 89. Stritch’s unique combination of talent, ego and high anxiety fueled her 2001 one-woman Broadway show “Elaine Stritch At Large.” Already in her 70s then, the star told […] [Read More]

‘Douglas Evans’: the playwriting game in New York

In the New York theater world, Derek Ahonen is just about peerless when it comes to pure unadulterated guts. Taking huge new risks with each play he writes — and his output is prodigious — Ahonen makes it impossible for anyone to type him. The man writes for himself and for the terrific company he […] [Read More]

#FridayReads ‘Free for All’ by Kenneth Turan & Joe Papp

It took me a five years to get around to reading Kenneth Turan’s oral history of the New York Shakespeare Festival — “Free for All” — but that may be apropos for a book that took almost 30 years to see the light of day. Turan and NYSF founder Joe Papp made a deal in […] [Read More]

The return of David Campbell and John Bucchino

The Australian singer-actor David Campbell made a big splash in the New York theater and cabaret worlds two decades ago when he was still in his early 20s. Appearances at clubs like (the sadly defunct) Eighty Eights and Rainbow & Stars earned him extravagant praise; he also did very well in the Encores! production of […] [Read More]

How did Diane Schuler end up killing 8 people?

Thanks to Amazon Instant, I was able to catch up with Liz Garbus’ fascinating 2011 HBO documentary, “There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane” about that terrible head-on collision on the Taconic Expressway in July, 2009, that ended with eight people dead. The mystery at the heart of the crash has never been solved — how […] [Read More]

Rent it now: a Canadian gem about school life

The French-Canadian drama “Monsieur Lazhar” was one of the four foreign language films that lost to “A Separation” in the Oscar race in 2012, but it’s a beautiful little picture about students and teachers coping with a school tragedy. Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) is the new teacher at a Montreal elementary school that was devastated […] [Read More]