Monthly Archive for May, 2009

: May, 2009

New York in the bad old/good old days

We meet four generations of Italian and Italian-American women in Louise Shaffer’s moving and charming novel, “Serendipity” (Ballantine Books), but she manages to give us a story with the heft of an

The mother of us all

People in the theatre — and people who write about the theatre — have a tendency toward hysteria and hyperbole, but the performance Judith Ivey is giving in “The Glass Menagerie” at Long Wharf Theatre

‘Lowboy’: notes from underground

John Wray has been extravagantly praised for his third novel, “Lowboy” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and you only have to read a few pages to see why — it’s a gripping, funny, and original variation

The gentle pathos & wisdom of ‘Summer Hours’

American moviegoers looking for lucid storytelling and mature drama have learned that there is rarely a place for them in the mutliplexes during the summer. Once the would-be Oscar contenders and

If you see something, say something

Lee Child’s 13th Jack Reacher novel, “Gone Tomorrow” (Delacorte Press), landed in bookstores Tuesday . The thrillers about a loner ex-military policeman have become a global publishing phenomenon —

Two funny ladies deconstruct friendship at Ars Nova

Melanie Adelman and Ellen Dvorkin have been friends since they were 12 years old and fixtures on the New York cabaret circuit for the past few years. “Mel & El: This Show Rhymes” had a year-long

‘The Conformist’: sex & violence in Fascist Italy

The “Foreign & Fringe” series that I’ve been co-hosting with Drew Taylor at the Fairfield Library wraps up tonight at 7 p.m. with a screening of Bernardo Bertolucci’s breakthrough film, “The

Time to grow up and be strong

Filmmaker and dramatist Neil LaBute has suffered from a reputation as a raging misogynist because of pieces such as “In the Company of Men” and “Fat Pig,” in which women are treated very badly by men.

The ‘nest egg principle’ in Fairfield

The 1980s wasn’t a good decade for adult comedies — it was the “blockbuster” era of all the “Stars Wars” spin-offs and variations on “Rocky” such as “Flashdance” and “Footloose” — but Woody Allen

Poor Jessica Simpson; or, games glossies play

Readers of the big monthly magazines get so used to puff pieces on stars with new movies about to open that it’s always a shock when a glossy does one of its very rare catty cover stories. Generally,