Monthly Archive for February, 2014

: February, 2014

‘Tim’s Vermeer’: looking for technology in art

The Penn and Teller documentary, “Tim’s Vermeer,” follows a wealthy Texas tech entrepreneur, Tim Jenison, on a mission to prove his theory that the great but mysterious 17th century Dutch painter

‘Garp’: John Irving adaptation returns to DVD

Director George Roy Hill hit the commercial jackpot two times in his career — with “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in 1969 and then “The Sting” five years later — but he also demonstrated a lot

Alec Baldwin to New York: Drop Dead!

Have you seen the cover story in this week’s New York magazine? It’s the latest — and saddest — chapter in Alec Baldwin’s ongoing campaign to justify his own bad behavior. As a longtime fan of the

‘Area: 1983-1987’: nightclub as art installation

For those of us who were not hip enough, or old enough, to have visited the legendary Area nightclub in New York City, Abrams has published an amazing, oversized volume, “Area: 1983-1987,” that

‘Anatomy of a Murder’: Otto Preminger’s finest hour

The Milford Arts Council has been running a weekly series of Oscar-contending classic films over the past month and it will be my pleasure to introduce tonight’s screening of “Anatomy of a Murder”

‘Desert Cities’: end of touring benefits regional theaters

Yesterday, to prepare for a feature on a Connecticut production of “Time Stands Still,” I had a fascinating interview/conversation with the playwright Donald Margulies. Margulies has done well as a

‘Murder for Two’: a musical whodunit on CD

I haven’t had a chance to see the off Broadway musical “Murder for Two” yet, but the new cast album from Ghostlight Records is very enticing. The collaboration between Joe Kinosian (book and music)

‘Online Dating Rituals’: lock up your daughters

The new Bravo series, “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male,” debuting Sunday, March 9, is as crass and as voyeuristic as you might expect. For once, however, the reality masterminds at the

Seeing ‘Rusalka’ when it was broadcast globally

It was fun to see the great opera star Renee Fleming captivate an audience at the Metropolitan Opera in “Rusalka” last weekend, just a few days after her sensational rendition of our national anthem

‘Kung Fu’: vivid retelling of the Bruce Lee story

The new David Henry Hwang play, “Kung Fu,” doesn’t officially open at the Signature Theatre on West 42nd St. in Manhattan until the end of this month, but there has already been buzz that a Broadway