Monthly Archive for May, 2015

: May, 2015

Mystery writers prove they can cook too

The Mystery Writers of America came up with a great fundraising idea when they decided to gather recipes from members who happen to be some of the most celebrated crime writers in the country. The

‘Orient’: gentrification and murder on Long Island

Mystery novelists get very upset when a reviewer uses the phrase “transcends its genre” in connection with a crime novel, perhaps implying that there is something inferior about the genre they work

‘The Connection’: crime drama with a personal touch

“The Connection” is a terrific French thriller about what happened in the Marseilles drug world after the period covered in William Friedkin’s “The French Connection.” Things got worse there in the

‘The Visit’: too strange for Broadway?

The final John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, “The Visit,” might have a long life in regional theaters — it’s an intimate, one-set, 90-minute piece — but this chamber musical about revenge has not been

‘Radiant Angel’: Is it still ‘a matter of when’?

Remember that U.S. government line we kept hearing over and over again in the wake of 9/11? “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.” Our fears of another terrorist attack — especially on New

‘Mrs. Wilson’: when a woman ran the country (briefly)

Long Wharf Theatre is ending its season with an intriguing, extraordinarily well-acted history play, “The Second Mrs. Wilson,” by Joe DiPietro. The drama takes us back to the early years of the last

The man who sold ‘The Conversation’ & other classics

Dick Guttman has been at the center of the Hollywood public relations scene for more than a half-century, so his huge and fascinating memoir, “Starflacker,” is packed with goodies. Starting out with

‘The Body in the Birches’: sophisticated comfort food

Book by book for more than 20 years, Katherine Hall Page has earned a place among the best American mystery writers. The fact that Page has done this within the confines of a single series about an

Women win the U.S. multiplex battle — again

Women filmmakers and audiences received a big boost over the weekend when the relatively low-budgeted “Pitch Perfect 2” killed the very expensive “Mad Max Fury Road” in the box office sweepstakes —

‘The Liar’: pure, unadulterated fun

A mix of 17th century storytelling and 21st century attitude, David Ives’ “The Liar” has gotten the new Westport Country Playhouse season off to a terrific start. Working from a classic French comedy