Monthly Archive for July, 2017

: July, 2017

Changing of the guard at ‘Doll’s House’

All but one of the members of the original cast of Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2” ended their time with the show two weeks ago. Laurie Metcalf won a Tony in June for her work as Nora in this

‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ – 2016 cult film

A few years from now, when the Richard Linklater film “Everybody Wants Some!!” has long since been honored with a Criterion Collection two-disc release, and fans know many scenes by heart, people will

Quad Cinema hosts female indie pioneer

The beautifully restored Quad Cinema on 13th Street in Manhattan is now doing terrific special programming to rival the events at Film Forum, the IFC Center and Metrograph. On Monday, August 7 at

‘War Paint’ CD: season’s best score?

The wonderful and sophisticated Broadway musical “War Paint” appears to be an unlikely candidate for a long run, which is a shame. In an era in which so many musicals are aimed at kids, or are

‘Infinite Summer’: sex & business in Italy

The building of a luxury textile factory in 1970s Italy is the central action of Edoardo Nesi’s “Infinite Summer” (Other Press), but it is the sensuality and humor of the characters that make it a

Linda Fairstein – keeping a crime series fresh

One of the best parts of the dog days of summer is the annual publication of a new installment in Linda Fairstein’s ongoing series of crime novels about New York City assistant DA Alexandra Cooper.

‘A Cold Wind’ was a scorcher in 1961

“A Cold Wind in August” was considered shocking when it opened in theaters 56 years ago – the Variety critic called it a “hormone opera” – but it would probably qualify for a PG-13 rating today. After

#Friday Reads: ‘Moving Kings’ by Joshua Cohen

It was fun and illuminating to do a public interview with novelist Joshua Cohen in Westport Tuesday night tied in with the publication of “Moving Kings.” The Westport Library sponsored the event at

‘Grounded’ at WCP: war as shift work

Politics and war become very personal in the disturbing George Brant play “Grounded,” running through July 29 at the Westport Country Playhouse. The one-character drama follows a character known only

Last call?: ‘Indecent’ on Broadway

You might have been smart enough to catch Paula Vogel’s play “Indecent” when it was raved about at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2015 or off Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre last year, but I wasn’t able