Monthly Archive for July, 2013

: July, 2013

‘Very Recent History’: New York in the Time of Bloomberg

What will life in contemporary New York City look like to the people of the distant future? Choire Sicha takes a stab at this question in “Very Recent History” (Harper), a chilly but brilliant

‘The Nance’: Nathan Lane’s finest hour on stage?

The Douglas Carter Beane play “The Nance” got good reviews when it opened in April and Nathan Lane received a Tony nomination for his work in the title role (losing to Tracy Letts in a very strong

‘This Town’: quid pro quo makes the world go round

Back before the age of 24/7 political news coverage, there was a very lucrative genre of juicy, inside-Washington novels, starting with the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Advise and Consent” in 1959. Allen

‘Loot’: still nasty (and hilarious) after all these years

There’s a first-rate production of “Loot” on at the Westport Country Playhouse, so if you are a fan of black comedy you should try to get there before the show closes on Aug. 3. Joe Orton’s outlaw

The sheer hell of working with Jerome Robbins

The nice folks at Yale University Press sent me an advance copy of “The Leonard Bernstein Letters” which they will be publishing on Oct. 29. I’ve only skimmed the surface of the massive volume which

‘Pippin’ revival: Is Bob Fosse spinning in his grave?

The new Broadway revival of “Pippin” is one of the major hits of the year — playing to sold-out houses at the Music Box Theatre — and it was nice to see people having such a great time at a matinee

‘I’m So Excited’: a stylish doodle by Pedro Almodovar

The great Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is in a position somewhat like that of Woody Allen — he’s so talented and so prolific that he can become the victim of our very high expectations. This

A novel to read while waiting for ‘Girls’ season three

The publicity for the Gemma Burgess novel “Brooklyn Girls” (St. Martin’s) stresses that the tale of a 22-year-old struggling to make it in the city was written and sold before the launch of the

Rolling Stone controversy, or: when killers aren’t ugly

Maybe it’s the heat. Yesterday’s controversy du jour, over the new Rolling Stone cover with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on it, has spilled over into today’s news cycle, and it still doesn’t make much sense to

‘The Castle’: women taking charge in 12th century England

The conflict between nature and civilization, men and women, and various religious philosophies, is played out with great power in “The Castle,” a 1985 play by Howard Barker that is being presented by