Monthly Archive for September, 2008

: September, 2008

Seeing what’s not there (yet)

The New York Musical Theatre Festival began Sept. 15 and is running through Oct. 5, showcasing an impressive-sounding 24 “full productions” of new musicals and a whole host of special events, concerts

Paul Newman, R.I.P.

Most of the tributes to Paul Newman that were published over the weekend stressed his role as a philanthropist in the years since he founded Newman’s Own in 1982. If you had told the actor back in his

Jesus + Queen Elizabeth + Hitler + Reagan

Funny and provocative and overpowering, Sarah Ruhl’s “Passion Play” is a feast for theatergoers who want to see the boundaries of traditional stagecraft pushed to their limits. Yale Repertory Theatre

Dear one, please respond

Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

“American Masters” has been one of my favorite PBS shows for many years — and its producer Susan Lacy is a true culture hero of mine — but I can’t figure out why the show and Lacy have lent their

Father knows best

After two short books about the end of life — “Everyman” and “Exit Ghost” — the new Philip Roth novel “Indignation” (Houghton Mifflin) seems, at first, like an escape from the writer’s recent

Broadway to “Tale” — Drop Dead

All dolled-up and hysterical, an audience of producers and producers’ friends greeted Thursday’s official opening night performance of the new Broadway musical “A Tale of Two Cities” like the Second

When the “threatening hordes” were at the gate

The three-month film series — “New York Before Disney” — that I’ve been hosting at the Fairfield Theatre Company since mid-summer, is ending Tuesday night with a screening of the virtually unknown

A tourist in Lagerfeld-land

Now may not be the best time to escape to the frivolous, self-involved world of fashion — is this like fiddling while Wall Street and Washington, D.C. burn? — but I have to admit I had a great time

Sex with Hitler

“I Served the King of England” opened to good reviews in New York and Los Angeles last month — and the film expanded to several Connecticut arthouses last Friday — but it is a very eccentric comedy