Monthly Archive for July, 2011

: July, 2011

‘Wishful Drinking’: a woman under the influence

HBO Video is releasing a DVD of Carrie Fisher’s one-woman show “Wishful Drinking” that appears to have been recorded on an off night last year. Fisher toured the country in the vehicle about her

Rent it now: Adam Rapp’s debut film, ‘Winter Passing’

Adam Rapp is one of the most talented and prolific young playwrights in New York City. Each year seems to bring us one or two new productions of his tough-minded and funny scripts. Next month, Rapp

‘Serving Life’: finding redemption instead of hopelessness

Most of us have seen so many prison dramas for so many years that we’ve probably all wondered how we would do if someone locked us up and threw away the key. A maximum security prison may be the

The ‘get a room!’ school of magazine celebrity profiles

The bizarre recent trend in celebrity journalism of the writer turning an interview into a quasi-date has been popping up in some of the best magazines lately. GQ has run three embarrasing examples of

Bright young New Yorkers facing the Age of Obama

There is a long tradition of plays and movies that have captured the lives of bright young people looking for friendship, creative work and romantic excitement as they struggle through their 20s and

‘Master Class’: Tyne Daly hits it out of the park

“How can you have rivals when no one else can do what you do?,” Maria Callas asks in the remarkably durable biographical drama “Master Class” by Terrence McNally. It’s a play about ego and stardom and

Elin Hilderbrand puts herself in Ruth Madoff’s position

“Silver Girl” (Little, Brown) tells an engrossing story about two old friends trying to reconnect at a beach house in Nantucket, but it also allows the author to pull off a remarkable display of

What’s Hugh Hefner doing on Lifetime tonight?

I know that Lifetime has given up its slogan “Television for Women” but it still seems odd for the cable network to present something like tonight’s special “Hef’s Runaway Bride.” The show is a

‘Eyes Wide Open’: a thriller powered by personal tragedy

In his new novel, “Eyes Wide Open” (William Morrow) Andrew Gross takes a break from his sensational Ty Hauck series to give us a stand-alone thriller that has unusual emotional weight. It isn’t easy

What’s a good film actress to do in the age of ‘Transformers’?

The other night I watched the 1966 comedy-drama “Morgan!” (below) starring Vanessa Redgrave and David Warner and was inspired by my enjoyment of that oldie to pull out a copy of another Redgrave film