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A (very) late report on ‘Leave Me Green’

Your faithful blogger has fallen down on the job. I didn’t get to see the sharp and original new play by Lisi DeHaas — “Leave Me Green” — until a few nights ago, so it saddens me to report that the final performance is tonight at the Gym at Judson in Greenwich Village. Set in […] [Read More]

Instagram & fashion: perfect social network marriage

Above all other social media sites, the fashion industry has embraced Instagram, a fact that is amply illustrated in the new Abrams book “Designers on Instagram #Fashion,” which will be published Tuesday. The beautiful but compact book is like a portable mood board showing us the places, people, objects and clothing that have inspired a […] [Read More]

‘Fun Home’ gets snug Broadway transfer

One of the biggest challenges in musical theater is to move a terrific small-scale off Broadway show uptown to the Great White Way without losing the intimate quality that made the first production so special. Since Broadway houses are designed to seat the maximum number of patrons, small shows can get lost in theaters that […] [Read More]

‘Our Mother’s House’: the return of a gothic gem

British director Jack Clayton was a major force in changing the direction of British filmmaking with his 1959 hit “Room at the Top.” The movie starring Laurence Harvey and Simone Signoret was blunter in its treatment of sex and class than anything that had been seen up to that point, and it opened doors for […] [Read More]

50 years of ‘The Sound of Music’

Time flies even when you’re not having fun. Could it really be a half-century since I saw the first-run engagement of “The Sound of Music” at the Midtown Theater in Center City Philadelphia? I was only 13 at the time but even as a young teen I could sense that “The Sound of Music” was […] [Read More]

‘Fortress’: another fresh Public Theater musical

Two of the most anticipated Broadway musicals of 2015 — “Fun Home” and “Hamilton” — were developed by The Public Theater in downtown Manhattan, a major musical theater incubator since the doors opened almost 50 years ago. The pre-Broadway “Hair” in 1967 was the first show presented at the former Astor Library when visionary producer […] [Read More]

‘Keep the Lights On’: what is this thing called love?

Time and texture add a lot of depth to the romantic drama, “Keep the Lights On,” which tracks a turbulent New York City gay relationship for a decade starting in the late 1990s. The movie received rave reviews in 2012, but only limited theatrical distribution. Music Box Films released a DVD version in early 2013 […] [Read More]
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Catching up with ‘Outlander’

It’s easy to see why the STARZ adaptation of the Diana Gabaldon novel “Outlander” has been such a big hit — the mix of romance, adventure, time travel, steamy sex and shocking violence hits most of the major pop culture chords. Season two debuts on the cable channel tonight, but I just got caught up […] [Read More]