Monthly Archive for October, 2014

: October, 2014

Are people really upset by the sex in ‘Shondaland’?

Not to sound overly prurient, but I don’t understand how people can continue to express “shock” over the sex content of a 2014 network TV series like “How to Get Away with the Murder” four decades

Finding good New York theater on the cheap

Whenever I hear people complaining about the high cost of theater in New York City I know that they aren’t very adventurous folk. Yes, a good seat this weekend for “The Book of Mormon” or “It’s Only

CrimeCONN gets off to a great start

The first annual gathering of crime writers and readers at the Westport Library — CrimeCONN — was a hit Saturday. The event attracted a full house in the McManus Room of the library and the day of

‘Newsies’ even better the second time around

The many virtues of the Disney sleeper hit musical “Newsies” became even more apparent to me last night when I caught the opening of the first-rate first national tour at the gorgeous Palace Theater

Solving many mysteries at CrimeCONN on Saturday

You wouldn’t think that people who write about murder and deep psychological disturbances would be be fun to hang out with, but you would be wrong. After spending many hours at assorted crime writing

‘A World Elsewhere’: an American in WWII Germany

Imagine growing up in Hartford right after World War II and having a classmate at school yell “Nazi!” at you. That’s what happened to Sigrid MacRae because she was born to an American woman who spent

‘Our Town’: Thornton Wilder classic as fresh as ever

The enduring popularity of “Our Town” has led some people to dismiss it as a sentimental chestnut from Depression era America. How could something that has lasted so long and been enjoyed by so many

Explore the lost art of letter writing in Fairfield

It will be my pleasure tonight at 7 at the Fairfield University Bookstore to moderate a discussion with the Westport writer Nina Sankovitch about her wonderful book “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Simon

Playbill Yearbook: 12 months on Broadway

Now in its tenth edition, the annual “Playbill Broadway Yearbook” has become an indispensable record of a year’s worth of shows and benefits and other special events connected to Broadway. An offshoot

Titan ‘Midsummer’: Who will be ‘Bottom’ tonight?

It always amazes me how many different ways the plays of William Shakespeare can be staged. Traditional. Modern dress. Gender bending. Full-length. Judiciously cut. The stories and the language are so