Monthly Archive for December, 2010

: December, 2010

Another potent Carolyn Hart mix of mystery and the supernatural

Mystery writer Carolyn Hart has legions of fans for her wonderful “Death on Demand” series about a South Carolina bookstore owner and her private investigator husband. The 20 novels combine brilliant,

‘Spider-Man’: the end of the Broadway preview system?

Some PR folks believe there is no such thing as bad publicity but we have a good test case of that philosophy in the form of the Julie Taymor musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The official

‘Elf’: a 9-week, $9 million delight from Warner Bros.

I caught the limited-run Broadway show “Elf” over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised by the old-fashioned craftsmanship and high performance level of this new musical that will be closing on

Natalie Portman joins the ranks of great movie crazy ladies

I wish I could hang out in lobbies all over the country as screenings of “Black Swan” are letting out. “Sophisticated” New York metro area audiences are flipping out at Darren Aronofsky’s intense and

Merry Christmas!!

Behind the scenes of a loved/hated landmark play & movie

Mart Crowley’s play “The Boys in the Band” was controversial when it opened in the spring of 1968 for its frank depiction of a birthday party where all of the guests were gay. Nothing like that had

‘Mother’: Oscar-worthy performance by Korean star

The chances are slim to none that you will see the name of Kim Hye-Ja on the list of best actress Oscar nominees in a few weeks. The Korean star gives a spectacular performance in “Mother” — the equal

The ‘unused life’ of Shirley Valentine

Judith Ivey is back at Long Wharf giving another master class in acting in the Willy Russell play “Shirley Valentine.” The last time the stage star worked with LWT artistic director Gordon Edelstein

Seeing ‘The Pee-Wee Herman Show’ with a blissed-out crowd

I’ve always been a big believer in going outside my comfort zone when it comes to entertainment. It’s fun to be surprised by something new at the movies or at the theater, so I’m usually up to see

Rent it now: John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Shortbus’

Stamford’s Avon Theatre had me host a terrific event Thursday night, a screening of “Rabbit Hole” followed by an onstage interview with the director John Cameron Mitchell. The new film is wonderful