Monthly Archive for May, 2014

: May, 2014

‘Essential Straight & Narrow’: motel hell

The actor-writer ensemble known as The Mad Ones looks at the meltdown of a 1970s country rock group in a remote motel in “The Essential Straight & Narrow,” which is being presented at the New Ohio

‘The Normal Heart’: topical play becomes historical film

Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart” had an extra emotional charge when it debuted in New York City in 1985 because it dealt with a terrible crisis that was still mysterious and terrifying and

‘Suspicion’: paranoia & murder in Boston

Perfectly timed for summer beach reading season, Joseph Finder’s new novel, “Suspicion” (Dutton), once again demonstrates his mastery of the paranoid thriller. The Boston-based writer often deals with

‘Too Much Sun’: Linda Lavin salvages a messy play

Playwright Nicky Silver and Linda Lavin scored a big hit for The Vineyard Theatre in downtown Manhattan with “The Lyons” three years ago. The vicious comedy about a wife who is eager to see her dying

Happy Memorial Day 2014!

The mysterious and vast free YouTube movie archive

Many media outlets run very useful stories about the dozens of old and new movies that are added to the Netflix streaming library each month, but I wish someone would do the same sort of monitoring of

#FridayReads ‘The Engagements’ by J. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullian is touring to support the new Vintage Contemporaries paperback edition of her 2013 novel “The Engagements” and one of the novelist’s stops is at the Westport Library on June 8. I

‘Under the Skin’: not knowing what’s going on

The British director Jonathan Glazer has often been compared with Stanley Kubrick — both for the obvious control-freak tendencies that go into producing such a stunning visual style, and for a glacial

R.I.P. Gordon Willis – ‘The Prince of Darkness’

Although he retired from filmmaking 17 years ago with “The Devil’s Own,” it was still sad to learn of the death of the great cameraman Gordon Willis over the weekend. The 82-year-old artist changed

‘The Last Five Years’: scenes from a marriage

The Jason Robert Brown musical “The Last Five Years” is one of those lost love stories that hits an audience much harder than any happily-ever-after tale. While we might tell a focus group leader or a