Aug 16 2017

MOVIES/SCREEN GRABS: DUNKIRK, BABY DRIVER, THE BIG SICK

By | August 16th, 2017|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Musicals, Thriller, War|0 Comments

A few more SCREEN GRABS in the dog days of summer--and none of the following are dogs: DUNKIRK: If you haven't already, see this masterful and intimate experience of the grueling WWII battle when the Nazis had 400,000 Allied troops-- British, French, and Belgian--trapped on the beach at Dunkirk but they never surrendered; [...]

Aug 11 2017

THEATER: “42nd Street”/”Finding Neverland”

By | August 11th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

Two musicals have just descended on the Boston area: one old, one new--each with its ups and downs. Mara Cecilia as PEGGY SAWYER First,"Come and meet those dancing feet/On the avenue I'm taking you to/42ND STREET"--now in Waltham at the REAGLE THEATRE just finishing up its 49th season! This is the final weekend of [...]

Aug 08 2017

MOVIES/”DETROIT”: Agonizing Essential Viewing

By | August 8th, 2017|Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies|0 Comments

After combing through the listings of franchise-fatigued superheroes now clogging big screens everywhere, I've come up with a list of well-made, challenging, and engrossing films for folks as sick of vacuous action adventure as I am. Over the next few days I'll write about the following films that left me reeling: BABY DRIVER, THE BIG [...]

Jul 28 2017

THEATER: Romeo & Juliet/ American Moor

By | July 28th, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

I can always tell when a production hits the sweet spot for me. Words for my reviews start running through my head and I can't stop them. This week there are TWO such productions which you MUST SEE, both Shakespearean-- one a splendid production of his most popular play, and the other a searing one-man [...]

Jul 26 2017

I’m Back with MOVIES:WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL

By | July 26th, 2017|Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Movies|2 Comments

Happy summer one and all! A pro-LONG-ed bout of pneumonia and a vacation abroad has kept me away from my website for awhile-- but I'm back up to speed with a slew of movies over the next few days and some "must-see" theater to recommend.  Today I begin with the WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL about [...]

Jun 23 2017

THEATER: FAT PIG/THE EFFECT/DAYS OF ATONEMENT

By | June 23rd, 2017|Theater|0 Comments

There's almost NOTHING to see at the movies these days except techno-driven retreads of assorted superheroes, smurfs, or humans acting like imbeciles. Unless you've put your brain on ice this summer, your resources are BEST spent on live theater. Here's my take on three onstage right now beginning with THE EFFECT a New England Premiere [...]

Jun 13 2017

THEATER: BEWARE CORPORATE GIVING–AND TAKING

By | June 13th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

I applaud the statement  issued by Boston's Praxis Stage who are about to mount a production of JULIUS CAESAR in Cambridge this summer. In fact, I laughed myself silly--though this is truly no laughing matter. Praxis called it, and I'm happy to amplify their response to the ongoing attempts to suppress freedom of expression and the crucial conversations theater provokes, especially in times of [...]

Jun 02 2017

THEATER: RIPCORD/ ARRABAL

By | June 2nd, 2017|Dance, More A & E, Music, Theater|0 Comments

DON'T MISS the Huntington Theatre Company's "RIPCORD" which just opened at the Calderwood Pavilion and has already been extended through July 2! David Lindsay-Abaire's comedy is set in that most hilarious and freewheeling of all environments--an assisted living complex. Hang on, it involves two elderly women who find themselves roommates, but one of them can't stand the other.  The sour-pussed Abby (Nancy E. Carroll) [...]

May 16 2017

35th ANNIVERSARY ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS 2017!

By | May 16th, 2017|Theater|1 Comment

  Joyce Kulhawik, Cherry Jones, Diane Paulus & Boston Theater Critics Association/Photo: Mikki Ansin If you are a theater lover/goer and were not at the HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY's BU Theater on Monday May 15, 2017, you missed the event of the local theatrical season: The 35th Anniversary Elliot Norton Awards with Guest of Honor [...]

May 08 2017

WIN TIX: THE MET LIVE IN HD

By | May 8th, 2017|Drama, Movies, Music, Musicals, Romance, Theater|0 Comments

HURRY! WIN complimentary passes to Fathom Events: THE MET: LIVE IN HD 2016-17 SERIES – DER ROSENKAVALIER To enter-to-win please click on the link below and fill out the required information. http://tinyurl.com/hrfdgfk  Winners will receive their passes via email. Passes will be valid at the specified locations and guarantee you a seat up until 10 [...]