Monthly Archive for January, 2014

: January, 2014

#FridayReads: ‘Black Magic’ — murder in New Orleans

Mary Jane Clark continues her high style exploration of the traditional mystery in “That Old Black Magic” (William Morrow), the fourth book in her series about New Jersey baker and actress Piper

‘Breakfast with Mugabe’: talking cure for a mad dictator

You don’t need to be well versed in the politics or history of Zimbabwe to be electrified by “Breakfast with Mugabe” by Fraser Grace, which is running through March 2 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre

‘King Lear’: a powerful man loses his clout

All of those age-old arguments over who does Shakespeare best — the Brits or us — fall away as you watch the production of “KIng Lear” that is being presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through

‘My Mother’: storytelling magic in a Tribeca basement

Two terrific actresses — Katherine Folk-Sullivan and Layla Khoshnoudi — spin a mesmerizing tale of boredom and bloodshed on the plains of Middle America in “My Mother Keeps Our Hammer” by Brian

‘The Consultant’: a serious business comedy

Creepy and funny in equal measure, the Heidi Schreck play “The Consultant” is receiving its world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre through Feb. 9. The comedy set in a semi-deserted New York City office

‘The Execution’: Dick Wolf delivers strong second novel

“Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf made a memorable thriller writing debut with last year’s “The Intercept” and his smashing follow-up novel “The Execution” (William Morrow) arrived in bookstores and

‘The Portrait’: Warner Archive reissues Peck, Bacall reunion

Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall had great chemistry on screen and off when they made the middling 1957 romantic comedy “Designing Woman,” and the two stars became lifelong friends. In her memoir, “By

An incredible year for movies — 1974 — turns 40

In this milestone-obsessed culture of ours, I haven’t noticed anyone yet paying tribute to the 40th anniversary of an incredible year in Hollywood history. A few weeks ago, a friend noted that his

‘Looking’: HBO scouts new talent, new points of view

Cable giant HBO is more willing than most media entities to look beyond Hollywood and television production companies for fresh ideas. It was Lena Dunham’s remarkable 2010 indie film debut “Tiny

‘The Past’: leaving an old life behind you

The French-Iranian film “Le Passe”/“The Past” was shut out of the Oscar derby on Thursday — just a day before Sony Pictures Classics widened its limited release — but this is a very powerful picture