Monthly Archive for April, 2011

: April, 2011

‘Blue Valentine’: they do still make them like they used to

Character driven and bleakly realistic, “Blue Valentine” feels like a throwback to the moviemaking of the 1970s, when many stars prided themselves on looking unglamorous on-screen and directors loved

‘Gods’: Greenwich hedge fund expose mixes thrills, satire

The “free market” Wall Street schemers who got us into the financial catastrophe of 2008 and then were bailed out with taxpayer dollars are almost too easy a target for satire. First they bilked their

‘Good People’ — what a difference Frances McDormand makes

Frances McDormand deserves combat pay for her acclaimed performance in the new play by David (“Rabbit Hole”) Lindsay-Abaire, “Good People.” The drama opened to strong reviews and has been playing to

‘Dead by Midnight” — another airtight Carolyn Hart mystery

For me, the highlight of the recent crime writers’ gathering in Easton — Murder 203 — was having the chance to spend some time with the guest of honor, Carolyn Hart. Hart is a modern master of the

A $15 million Broadway mistake called ‘Wonderland’

The new Broadway musical update of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” — “Wonderland” — was the subject of poisonous chatroom buzz during its preview

Back from the dead — the ‘flop’ musical ‘Women on the Verge…’

The producers of last fall’s short-lived Broadway musical “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” must have seriously mixed feelings about the liner notes Frank Rich has provided for the original

‘Hello Again’: in-your-face theatre from Transport Group

On a work break earlier this month, I was lucky enough to catch one of the final performances of the Transport Group’s production of “Hello Again” in a loft space in SoHo. The troupe deals in

‘Save Me’: leaving mystery/thriller conventions behind

It’s always scary to move out of your comfort zone — particularly if that’s a place where you have had great success — but the best-selling novelist Lisa Scottoline has done some real experimentation

The Amoralists: real life with the boring parts cut out

It has been wonderful to watch the New York City-based theater company, The Amoralists, gain traction with each new production they’ve done over the past few years. The resident dramatist Derek Ahonen

‘The Book of Mormon’: another unlikely hit musical

Ever since “Urinetown” opened on Broadway a decade ago, the notion of what constitutes a “musical comedy” has been evolving — for the better I think. With the core Broadway musical audience literally