Monthly Archive for July, 2014

: July, 2014

When movie ads get covered as ‘news’

How bad a movie summer are we in? So bad that the press seems to be giving more attention to trailers than movies. The Hollywood Reporter sent out a news flash on Monday announcing that the trailer

‘A Dangerous Fiction’: stalking, murder in Manhattan

Murder is more than a plot device in Barbara Rogan’s remarkable 2013 mystery, “A Dangerous Fiction,” which is being republished in paperback today by Penguin Books. It’s a tale set in the upper

‘Nora’: Ingmar Bergman’s fast and furious ‘Doll’s House’

How lucky we are that Westport Country Playhouse associate artistic director David Kennedy and actress Liv Rooth have formed such a strong partnership in recent seasons. Playhouse audiences have

#FridayReads ‘The Psalmist’ by James Lilliefors

Combine a terrific, offbeat pair of sleuths and a fresh setting and you have a real winner in “The Psalmist” by James Lilliefors. The novel launches a new series via the Witness Impulse e-book imprint

‘Sex with Strangers’: a smart, believable romantic comedy

Laura Eason’s play “Sex with Strangers” has just arrived at the Second Stage in Manhattan, via Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and it’s the sort of charming love story that delights audiences looking

Seeing ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ on 42nd Street

Most summer movies wash over audiences, numbing them with special effects and totally disconnected plots. So it was exciting — to say the least — to watch “The Purge: Anarchy” in a packed house on

The tell-it-like-it-is 2011 memoir by James Garner

The death of James Garner on Sunday prompted a remarkable outpouring of affection by co-workers and fans. The star had an easy-going style that was often overlooked in favor of the more ostentatious

Another challenge for the physical book

The anxiety of book publishers and authors escalated again on Friday when Amazon unleashed its KindleUnlimited program. In what has been described as a “Netflix for books” subscribers will pay a fee

‘Douglas Evans’: the playwriting game in New York

In the New York theater world, Derek Ahonen is just about peerless when it comes to pure unadulterated guts. Taking huge new risks with each play he writes — and his output is prodigious — Ahonen

#FridayReads ‘Free for All’ by Kenneth Turan & Joe Papp

It took me a five years to get around to reading Kenneth Turan’s oral history of the New York Shakespeare Festival — “Free for All” — but that may be apropos for a book that took almost 30 years to