Monthly Archive for March, 2016

: March, 2016

The great Nathalie Baye visits Connecticut

The annual festival of new French movies – Focus on French Cinema – is always a major spring event in Connecticut. The chance to see new films and attend Q&As with actors, directors and producers

‘Wolf in the River’: immersive excitement

Adam Rapp has returned to The Flea Theater with an exciting piece of theater that is designed to be experienced rather than explained or categorized. In a time when so much theater seems to wash over

Notes on a preview of ‘Shuffle Along’

I know that it’s not really kosher for a journalist to write about a Broadway show while it’s still in early previews, but why not share good news? Thanks to my brother, I caught Saturday’s matinee

‘Marguerite’: ridiculous to the sublime

The story of the famously awful singer Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944) – who became a New York City cult figure – inspired the play “Souvenir” and a forthcoming Meryl Streep movie. French

Going back to TIME magazine

It might seem very Luddite-like to admit it, but I have turned back to TIME magazine after years of a believing the idea of a weekly newsmagazine was as passe as Betamax. With so much instant

‘The Steel Kiss’: Deaver delivers again

Has there ever been a better time for fans of crime fiction? Those of us who love the genre can barely keep up with the most popular writers — most of whom are incredibly prolific — let alone all of

‘Boy’: the mysteries of gender

In the moving and provocative new drama “Boy,” Anna Ziegler uses a controversial 1966 case of “gender reassignment” surgery as a starting point to explore the complexities of sexual identity. The play

‘The Fashion Fund’: reality TV without cheese

Amazon has launched a new ten episode reality series – “The Fashion Fund” – on its streaming video service, with one new episode being released each week. The show documents the annual competition,

The mystery of free YouTube movies deepens

Have you dug into the Paramount Vault yet? I’m talking about the YouTube channel the movie studio set up four months ago that features hundreds of movies free for the watching. Of course, few

‘whisper’: inside the mind of a killer

A powerful, challenging new play “but i cd only whisper” is receiving its American premiere at the Flea Theater through March 11. Inspired by the great Ntozake Shange’s combinations of theater and