Monthly Archive for November, 2011

: November, 2011

‘Burning’: are the sex scenes stage realism or failed porn?

There’s been a lot of buzzing on the theater chat sites about the current New Group production “Burning,” running on Theater Row, because of its unusually frank treatment of sex. Thomas Bradshaw’s

‘Carols for a Cure’: how Broadway celebrates the holiday season

Near the top of my list of things I look forward to each Christmas is the release of “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure” the annual CD that compiles holiday music from the casts of all the musicals running

‘Best Friends’: the return of the Flying Scottolines

People in Hollywood used to say that everyone has two businesses — their own and show business. Well, an ever-growing group of readers could say they have two families — their own and the Flying

‘Our Idiot Brother’: when smart people make dumb movies

With a cast that includes Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks and Steve Coogan, “Our Idiot Brother” looked like it stood a fair chance of being a summer highlight before it opened in late

What Coppola made between the first two ‘Godfather’ pictures

In what might have been an all-time peak in an individual filmmaker’s expression of creativity, Francis Ford Coppola had his name on two great movies released during the single year of 1974 — “The

Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Three-Day Town’: a New York honeymoon interrupted by murder

Margaret Maron puts out a new crime novel every year and she never disappoints. In recent years, the writer has focused on North Carolina judge Deborah Knott whose family life is generally as

Cheyenne Jackson knocks ‘em dead on 57th St.

There is no hotter ticket on Broadway at the moment than the Hugh Jackman concert show — the performer’s combination of looks, talent and old-fashioned star power has drawn him comparisons with

A late report on the Japanese gangster play ‘Kutsukake Tokijiro’

The Flea Theater on White St. in downtown Manhattan is a hotbed of activity these days. Upstairs, the Dungeons and Dragons play, “She Kills Monsters,” has been gathering rave reviews and enthusiastic

Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover – a star matures

The Clint Eastwood bio-pic “J. Edgar” opened to decent reviews and moderate box-office success last weekend, but it would be a shame if this movie is damned by faint praise. As the legendary Federal