Monthly Archive for January, 2016

: January, 2016

An hour with Mike Nichols tonight at 9

PBS is unveiling a new “American Masters” documentary tonight at 9 that focuses on the long and unusually varied career of director Mike Nichols. Nichols was such a potent force on stage, screen and

‘Son of Saul’: finding meaning in horror

First-time director Laszlo Nemes finds new ways to tell a Holocaust story in “Son of Saul” and the result is one of the best (and most harrowing) movies of the past year. Nemes shows us a part of the

Abe Vigoda & the detail work in “The Godfather”

The death of Abe Vigoda yesterday had me searching for clips of his scenes from “The Godfather.” The 94-year-old actor had a long, Emmy-nominated run on one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s

‘London Spy’: an agent’s secret life

The five-part BBC2 series “London Spy” debuted on BBC America last Thursday, but it is also being made available for downloading by Amazon on a week-by-week basis. While I wished I could have

‘The Ex’: who can you trust?

Alafair Burke has created two of the most appealing characters in contemporary crime series – Ellie Hatcher and Samantha Kincaid – but her new thriller takes the novelist into the morally ambiguous

Even Linda Lavin can’t save ‘Brief Affair’

It’s frustrating to watch a great stage actress work very hard to put across a play that defeats her. Linda Lavin has spent the past decade or so demonstrating incredible stage presence and peerless

‘The Lion’: a personal take on musical theater

Connecticut audiences are lucky to have Benjamin Scheuer presenting his powerful, one-man musical “The Lion” at Long Wharf Theatre through Feb. 7. The show was a hit at Manhattan Theatre Club and

‘Sharon Tate’: back to 10050 Cielo Drive

Da Capo Press is publishing “Sharon Tate” by Ed Sanders today – a messy, but gripping look back at the life and death of the actress who was murdered by the Charles Manson gang (along with several

Actors support Oscar funny business

The Academy Awards nominations were released this morning with the usual pleasant surprises (“Room” in the best picture division) and odd snubs (Ridley Scott left off the best director list), but a

David Margulies, R.I.P.

The website TheaterMania reported this morning that the veteran New York actor David Margulies has died at the age of 78. His face became familiar to moviegoers from a series of roles in popular