Monthly Archive for June, 2015

: June, 2015

Happy Days’: optimism on the edge of the abyss

The 1961 play “Happy Days” is drenched in the gallows humor of Samuel Beckett. Blessed with the Irish gift of turning life’s most hopeless experiences into black comedy, the playwright was able to

The endless mystery of ‘Last Year at Marienbad’

Alain Resnais’ legendary 1961 puzzle film, “Last Year at Marienbad,” suffered for years from only being available for home viewing on lousy video transfers — some of which were as bad as those public

‘Nightingale’: life during wartime

A beautiful mixture of romance, gallows humor and nostalgia, the C.P. Taylor play “And a Nightingale Sang” takes us into the life of an ordinary British family during World War II. The Stott family of

‘Santangelos’: ballsy women & the men who love them

500 million books sold and counting, Jackie Collins could have rested on her laurels — and her royalty statements — a long time ago. But, clearly she still has lots of stories to tell about the rich

ThrillerFest celebrates 10th anniversary in New York

In the space of ten years, the International Thriller Writers organization has made its annual  ThrillerFest in New York City a must for fans of the genre. Unlike other crime writers’ conferences that

‘The Newsroom’ ends on a high

I’ve run into lots of people who loved the Aaron Sorkin HBO series “The Newsroom,” but it never got the media love necessary for it to turn into one of those “hot” cable shows like “Girls” or

25 years of naughty fun at ‘Broadway Bares’

The outrageously entertaining benefit “Broadway Bares” will be celebrating its 25th year next weekend at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. The combination of a great cause — Broadway Cares/Equity

‘Testament of Youth’: women in World War I

What a year the Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is having. Just a few months ago, she starred in the provocative science-fiction film “Ex Machina” as the intelligent robot yearning for freedom and now

‘Spy’ & cracking the ‘celluloid ceiling’

In an encouraging bit of synergy, a movie powered and embraced by women — “Spy” — was cleaning up at the box office over the weekend while I heard a sharp panel of female producers discuss the

‘The Fixer’: what we don’t know about our fathers

A fallen Boston journalist finds three million dollars in the wall of his father’s house in the new Joseph Finder novel, “The Fixer” (Dutton). No one in the thriller game is better than Finder at