Monthly Archive for June, 2017

: June, 2017

#FridayReads Finn Murphy’s ‘The Long Haul’

A travelogue with strong doses of cultural observation, Finn Murphy’s “The Long Haul” (W.W. Norton) often reads like a 21st century version of the John Steinbeck classic “Travels with Charley.”

‘Beatriz at Dinner’: the way things are now

Screenwriter Mike White and director Miguel Arteta have given Salma Hayek one of the best vehicles of her career in “Beatriz at Dinner,” a movie that seems perfectly timed for the first year of the

‘The Switch’: when paranoia is justified

The new Joseph Finder novel “The Switch” (Dutton) starts from a wonderfully simple and believable premise: What might happen if you picked up the wrong laptop during the hassle of getting through

The women who worked for the ‘Mad Men’

The hit AMC series “Mad Men” got a lot of mileage out of its time-travel aspect of taking the viewer back to Manhattan office life of the early 1960s — with men in suits and ties, women in dresses,

‘A Minor Fall’: law & morality in Texas

Price Ainsworth’s debut, “A Minor Fall” (Select Books), doesn’t really qualify as a legal thriller, but the beautifully plotted novel is packed with suspense. Ainsworth takes us into the high pressure

‘It’s About Time’: spectacular standards

I’ve been crazy about the singer-actress Karen Mason ever since I saw her in the fantastic off Broadway Kander and Ebb show “And the World Goes Round” in 1991. In that musical revue, Mason proved her

‘Strip U’ plays to two packed houses

The terrific “Broadway Bares” benefit seems to get bigger and better each year, and Sunday night’s edition, “Strip U,” kept up that tradition. More than 150 dancers and actors – with an army of

‘Daddy Nostalgia’: going out on top

The 2016 Jane Birkin/Charlotte Gainsbourg festival at Lincoln Center included Birkin’s 1990 film “Daddy Nostalgia” which made me realize I had never gotten around to seeing this Bertrand Tavernier

‘Oh Hello’: from Broadway to Netflix

Great news for theater fans — Netflix added a live taping of “Oh, Hello” to its streaming line-up last week. I caught the unique blend of stand-up and old school Broadway comedy the weekend after the

‘Dream Palace’: the lowdown on the Chelsea

More like a great old theater than a traditional hotel, the Chelsea has acquired an aura of culture, history and bohemianism that sets it apart from its competition in Manhattan. Built in 1884 as one