Sep 15 2018

WHAT’S ONSTAGE NOW: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, THE NICETIES, & SPIDER WOMAN,

By | September 15th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

Let's begin with STRAIGHT WHITE MEN-- since most things do. But time's up and now what? That's the question raised by playwright Young Jean Lee in her Broadway hit now having its New England premiere onstage presented by New Rep Theatre. First, I am a fan of another work of Lee's-- "We're Gonna Die" which [...]

Sep 12 2018

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: “LIFE ITSELF”

By | September 12th, 2018|Drama, Free Advance Screening, Romance|0 Comments

HURRY!  FREE ADVANCE SCREENING of Amazon Studios release  "LIFE ITSELF" Wednesday September 19, 2018  7PM at AMC Boston Common For the chance to download two complimentary passes to this advance screening please visit:   “LIFE ITSELF” Cast:                                  Oscar Isaac, [...]

Sep 09 2018

THE BLACK CLOWN: LANGSTON HUGHES LUSHLY FLESHED OUT ONSTAGE

By | September 9th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

The evening seared my soul: Langston Hughes' poem THE BLACK CLOWN made its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater this week, awesome, painful, and inspiring word made flesh. The piece adapted by performer Davone Tines (who first wowed me in CROSSING) and composer Michael Schachter is a brilliant collage of word, music, and movement, [...]

Aug 25 2018

MOVIES: BLACKkKLANSMAN & CRAZY RICH ASIANS

By | August 25th, 2018|Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Romance, Thriller|2 Comments

The dog days of summer feature two movies based on books that require some navigation through PC muddied waters. BLACKkKLANSMAN is Spike Lee's take on the "true" tale of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, Denzel's son!) the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Force in the early '70's who infiltrates the Ku Klux [...]

Aug 11 2018

MOULIN ROUGE! BREATHTAKING BOSTON WORLD PREMIERE!

By | August 11th, 2018|Theater|9 Comments

I left the show trailing streamers, confetti and what was left of my breath. The world premiere, Broadway-bound musical MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL has just reopened America's oldest and most beautiful theatre, Boston's Emerson Colonial -- and what a rebirth! The show is a no holds barred, dazzling live theatrical reinvention of Baz Luhrman's Oscar-nominated [...]

Jul 12 2018

MOVIES: Rogers, Whitney, & Ruth

By | July 12th, 2018|Celebrity Interviews, Documentary, Drama, Family, Kids, Movies|2 Comments

Once again, I have waded through the summer's action-franchise-superhero swamp to find no new ground broken. "Jurasssic World: Fallen Kingdom" was a fun, velociraptorous romp through a gothic mansion. "Oceans 8" was an entertaining heist with fab female fashion and locations, but a plot full of holes which anchored its all-star female cast to a [...]

Jun 25 2018

THEATER: BORN FOR THIS: ALMOST THERE

By | June 25th, 2018|Theater|0 Comments

It's almost ready: BORN FOR THIS/A NEW MUSICAL has just premiered to a standing ovation at The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, and brought me to my feet with its vitality, soul-searing vocals, and dynamic cast and performances. All it needs is a good kick in the book-- and it's on its way. Center: Loren [...]

Jun 05 2018

A CLASSIC & A WORLD PREMIERE: “THE WIZ”/ “FALL”

By | June 5th, 2018|Theater|1 Comment

If you're in town this weekend, take the kids and catch the hit musical strutting its stuff at LYRIC STAGE which has extended its run of "THE WIZ" til July 1! The 1975 classic which added soul to "The Wizard of Oz" and walked away with seven Tony Awards, is now easin' on down the [...]

May 25 2018

YOU OUGHTA KNOW:THIS SHOW ROCKS OUR JAGGED LITTLE WORLD

By | May 25th, 2018|Theater|7 Comments

Alanis Morissette These days are a jagged pill to swallow--which makes the world premiere musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL inspired by Alanis Morissette's landmark 90's primal scream of an album more relevant than ever. Artistic director Diane Paulus has once again looked back to look forward, putting her finger on the pulse of the [...]

May 18 2018

MOVIE: ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE

By | May 18th, 2018|Celebrity Interviews, Comedy, Documentary, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

The first few minutes of this documentary are a tribute to discretion: a montage of talking heads who refuse to talk--and as Diana Vreeland once said, "elegance is refusal." The very fact of this documentary verges on the indiscreet, but I forgave the indiscretion and am thrilled to have had a peek. This is a [...]