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‘Saving Grace’ – ‘All About Eve’ in Sneden’s Landing

Jane Green makes an entertaining detour into paranoid thriller territory with her 16th novel, “Saving Grace,” which St. Martin’s Press is publishing today. It’s fun to see this veteran novelist, whose specialty has been zeitgeist-y women’s fiction, explore a darker side with a creepy tale of a successful woman who has her life more or […] [Read More]

‘If/Then’: going against the Broadway musical grain

It would be easy to overpraise “If/Then” for what it isn’t — a song-and-dance piece based on a movie; a jukebox musical; a kiddie show. What lyricist and book writer Brian Yorkey and composer Tom Kitt have created is that very rare bird — a musical designed to reflect life in New York City at […] [Read More]

Liz Taylor sees dead people in ‘Night Watch’

When her film career started winding down in the 1970s, Elizabeth Taylor was reduced to some very bad material such as “Hammersmith is Out” and “Ash Wednesday” and “The Blue Bird.” These pictures were fast flops at the time and rarely turn up on cable (for good reason). It was really shocking to see an […] [Read More]

‘Beautiful’: Jessie Mueller in the long run

Because so many stage actors work in limited runs at regional theaters and New York non-profits, they don’t face the huge physical and emotional challenges of musical comedy stars who play the same part for a year or more. It’s wonderful that top film and TV actors such as Bradley Cooper and Glenn Close have […] [Read More]

Joseph Sargent, R.I.P. — co-creator of a New York classic

Joseph Sargent, who died Monday in Malibu at the age of 89, was a journeyman director who worked on all sorts of material for television and the big screen. Sargent directed TV episodes of everything from “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” to “Lassie” and won four Emmys for his work on nighttime drama. One of the […] [Read More]

Merry Christmas!


‘All the Trimmings’: Christmas (& murder) in Key West

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has found a winning formula in her Key West food critic mystery series published by Obsidian. The combination of an interesting occupation and a beautiful backdrop powered four good whodunits, starting with “An Appetite for Murder.” Now, Obsidian has released the fifth book in the series, the perfectly timed holiday […] [Read More]

‘Sympathy for the Devil’: a famous friend

Farrar, Straus and Giroux is publishing Michael Mewshaw’s witty and sad account of his friendship with Gore Vidal on Jan. 13. “Sympathy for the Devil” shows us that Vidal’s cool and detached tone in his public appearances was a carefully nurtured role he played for most of his life. In private, the writer was much […] [Read More]

‘In Love’: guide to romantic New York City

There are more than a few websites and Facebook pages devoted to bitching and moaning about the ever-changing scene in New York City. Each restaurant and dive bar closing is mourned by people who keep threatening to move elsewhere as they claim the essence of the city is being destroyed. Usually, the irate bloggers are […] [Read More]

Rent it now: Ewan McGregor in ‘The Pillow Book’

Although the Scottish actor Ewan McGregor got a taste of mainstream Hollywood stardom when he appeared in the last three “Star Wars” movies — from 1999 to 2005 — he seems to go out of his way to stay true to his indie roots in the 1990s. In 2010, the actor gave a very daring […] [Read More]