Monthly Archive for April, 2016

: April, 2016

The return of ‘Do I Hear a Waltz?’

Every show that Stephen Sondheim has worked on over the past 50+ years has been celebrated with multiple revivals, with one exception – his 1965 collaboration with the great Broadway composer Richard

‘Art’/’Red’ – two sides of the art world

It’s not easy staging two different plays at the same time, but Westport Country Playhouse artistic director Mark Lamos believes that opening his new season with “Art” and “Red” running in repertory

‘Body in the Wardrobe’: keeping standards high

This weekend in suburban Washington, D.C., the annual convention of mystery writers, Malice Domestic, will present Katherine Hall Page with its lifetime achievement award. It’s a well-deserved honor,

‘Midnight in Berlin’: underestimating Hitler

James MacManus has followed up “Sleep in Peace Tonight” with another wonderful historical novel, “Midnight in Berlin” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press), set just before World War II started.

The man who sent James Bond soaring

Although he was never a household name – or, God forbid, an “auteur” – you could argue that Guy Hamilton was one of the most influential directors in movie history. Hamilton, who died in Majorca

‘Lewiston’: coming to terms with history

Samuel D. Hunter explores big themes within the snug confines of a one-set, four-character play in the world premiere production of “Lewiston,” directed by Eric Ting, at Long Wharf Theatre through May

‘Human Heart’: the amazing Natalie Douglas

For the past week or so, I’ve been wearing out the third Natalie Douglas CD, “Human Heart” (Wrong Black Girl), which serves up a very potent mix of theater songs and pop and jazz classics. An actor as

‘Exit Strategy’: public schools & despair

Everyone seems to love the current 90-minute, intermission-less play model. It leaves plenty of time for dinner afterwards or catching the 10:41 back to Connecticut. You could argue that it’s a

‘Most Wanted’: horrifying ‘what if?’ thriller

In the deeply unsettling new Lisa Scottoline novel “Most Wanted” (St. Martin’s Press), a crusty old lawyer keeps telling people to cut to the chase and to give him a “headline” rather than a long and

In praise of Charles Busch

In his curtain speech at Saturday night’s performance of “Cleopatra,” Charles Busch talked about his 40 year relationship with the Theater for the New City where he has put on a series of riotous