Monthly Archive for June, 2009

: June, 2009

The prime of Patricia Clarkson

Although work for many female movie actors starts to disappear as they head north of 40, Patricia Clarkson has been defying the odds for the past decade, with an unusually varied filmography that

She knows what she’s writing about

While I was on vacation last week, I got a big kick out of reading “Queen Takes King” (Simon &Schuster), the new novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer. The book was lumped rather patronizingly into a

Donations lower, fun quotient still high at Broadway Bares

Last Sunday night’s charity burlesque show “Broadway Bares 19” took a slight hit from this terrible recession we are in — raising less for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS than it did last year —

Friendship during and after college

When was the last time you read a novel that you wished was 100 pages longer? That was my reaction when I reached page 320 of J. Courtney Sullivan’s wonderful first novel, “Commencement” (Knopf). I

A leftover from pre-recession Manhattan

I didn’t read Sophie Kinsella’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic” until late last year when a movie tie-in paperback edition landed on my desk. Since the novel was first published in 2000, I figured it

Out of the Columbia vaults

“Flower Drum Song” was a bit of an oddity in the careers of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1958 musical — about the assimilation of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco — was a critical

Down and out on the Lower East Side

Inspired by a whole host of counterculture gods — ranging from Alejandro Jodorowsky to Terry Southern — the New York theater troupe, The Amoralists, puts on shows it describes as “an honest expression

Coming of age in the Village

Paul Mazursky is almost always given short shrift when critics and historians write about the movies of the 1970s. The actor-turned-writer-turned-director never made a landmark film on the order of

Bradley Cooper trumps Will Ferrell

Lots of women I know — and more than a few men, too — get all dreamy-eyed when you mention the actor Bradley Cooper. He’s been what you might call a stealth star for the past couple of years — his


When I spent a day at Book Expo America in New York two weeks ago, it seemed that every other booth in the vast Jacob Javits Center — and every other conversation — was devoted to new technological