Monthly Archive for April, 2008

: April, 2008

The man behind Mapplethorpe

The role of the collector and museum curator Sam Wagstaff in the life and art of Robert Mapplethorpe is explored in the fine 2007 documentary, “Black White + Gray,” which has just been issued on DVD

“Dawn of the Dead” meets “A Separate Peace”

Over the weekend, I caught an early preview of “Good Boys and True,” the new play by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, starring J. Smith-Cameron, at the Second Stage Theatre in Manhattan. Aguirre-Sacasa is a

Making movies

Everyone seems to be making movies these days — video technology has made possible the cinematic equivalent of the self-published novel — but how do you make something that gets seen in festivals and

The toast of Broadway

Kelli O’Hara’s star has been steadily rising on Broadway for the past few years. After being noticed in supporting roles in the 2001 revival of “Follies,” and the musical version of “Sweet Smell of

Four skits + one comic genius

Paul Rudnick is one of the funniest men in America, but he has yet to write a completely satisfying play. “Jeffrey,” “Valhalla,” and “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” were packed with wonderful

Our James Dean?

I’m happy to report that the forthcoming DVD version of Todd Haynes’s “I’m Not There” is packed with extras that are truly special. The two-disc release will be on sale May 6 and it includes a

Finishing the hat (again)

Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George” is back on Broadway in a critically endorsed revival that features a strong cast of singer-actors and

Not knowing what comes next

Romantic comedy is pretty much a dead issue in movies, but the genre is alive and well on stage. Saturday afternoon I saw Adam Bock’s “The Drunken City” at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan and felt

Art & food in Giverny

A charming documentary that mixes art history, travelogue and French cuisine — “Monet’s Palate” — will debut on PBS Arts Channel 13 Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Created, produced and written by Aileen Bordman,

Suspense and horror in the suburbs

Many high-voltage thrillers revolve around men of action who are larger than life — Lee Child’s Jack Reacher immediately comes to mind — but Harlan Coben has carved out his own niche in the genre with