Monthly Archive for November, 2014

: November, 2014

‘House of DVF’: a reality series wrapped in a mystery

What’s a classy dame like Diane von Furstenberg doing on an E! Channel reality series? That’s the mystery underneath “House of DVF” which launched a month ago and quickly became a guilty pleasure with

‘I See You’: terrific extra-marital romantic comedy

The romantic comedy genre is more or less dead in movies — the victim of shifting demographics favoring teen boys and undemanding Chinese audiences — but I saw a good example of the form at The Flea

‘Betrayed’: everything comes together for Scottoline

For the past few years, the best-selling crime writer Lisa Scottoline been pulling off a very successful split personality act — in public and to the delight of her readers. There has been no let-up

BAM focuses on ‘sun-drenched’ crime dramas

The decade of the 1980s is viewed by many film historians as an era of Hollywood blockbusters and feel-good hits that were in stark contrast to the dark films of the previous decade. According to this

Mike Nichols & the unimaginable terror of ‘Streamers’

The scope of the work of the late great Mike Nichols on stage and screen was vast, but when I heard the news of his death this morning I immediately flashed back to his indelible staging of the David

‘Sideshow’: a cult musical gets another chance

Touching and more than slightly weird, but with plenty of show biz razzle dazzle, “Sideshow” has defined the notion of a “cult musical” ever since it closed after only a few months in 1997. The New

‘A Sudden Light’: ghosts & the pre-Internet era

Garth Stein’s “A Sudden Light” contains so many different moods, and elements of so many different genres, that it demands to be read rather than described. Set in the early 1990s — which is shown to

A year in the life of pop culture addict Andy Cohen

The pleasure that Bravo producer and talk show host Andy Cohen takes in the pop culture scene and his hectic New York City lifestyle is contagious. Whether or not you’re a fan of of his various

‘The Vandal’: great showcase for Deirdre O’Connell

Two strangers meet at a bus stop on a very cold winter’s night in Kingston, New York, and slowly start to open up to each other, in the funny and creepy play “The Vandal,” a 2013 Flea Theater

More murder & mayhem at the New England Crime Bake

Cozy and very well run, the New England Crime Bake is one of the best annual conferences devoted to the art of the mystery. The organizers cap the total number of guests in the mid 200s which means