Feb 18 2020

THEATER: GLORIA/DEAL ME OUT

By |2020-02-18T23:52:11-04:00February 18th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

In this year of the centennial of women's suffrage (Is it possible we've only had the vote since 1920??) it's perfect that the woman most associated with second-wave feminism beyond enfranchisement-- "Women's Lib" as I first called it in the '70's--is still on the front lines, driving home the conversation she began 50 years ago. [...]

Feb 12 2020

MORE ONSTAGE NOW: WOLF PLAY/DETROIT RED

By |2020-02-12T19:41:15-04:00February 12th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Theater is non-stop in this town and two world premieres are now onstage in Boston! WOLF PLAY: This world premiere produced by Company One and written by Hansol Jung took me completely by surprise because it was about something I had never heard of: the online "adoption dissolution" of previously adopted children, bypassing regulated legal [...]

Feb 11 2020

OSCAR 2020 MOMENTS: BEST & WORST!

By |2020-02-11T00:32:29-04:00February 11th, 2020|Celebrity Interviews, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, War|0 Comments

It's over! The winners of Oscars 2020 are in and it was an historic night. Here are the highlights and low lights beginning with the evening's BEST moment: ***PARASITE winning four Oscars including the first time in Oscar history that a non-English film, as well as a South Korean film, won Best Picture. [...]

Feb 07 2020

OSCAR PICKS & PREDICTIONS 2020

By |2020-02-07T23:42:29-04:00February 7th, 2020|Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Thriller, War|0 Comments

The movie event I live for ALL year is happening this weekend! The host-less 92nd Oscars are set to air this Sunday night, February 9 on ABC @8PM!!  I love the sartorial splendor, the rhetorical blunders, the offhand quips, and above all, Brad Pitt. Who is bound to win. He's won everything else, including our [...]

Feb 06 2020

THEATER NOW: SWEAT/MEAN GIRLS/BRIGHT HALF LIFE/THE CAKE

By |2020-02-11T17:42:56-04:00February 6th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

You might be racing to see movies before the Oscars this Sunday night. But there's also PLENTY of good and even outstanding theater in and around Boston NOW! Here's what I think of 4 of the shows I've seen in the last 2 weeks: Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson SWEAT: This is a [...]

Jan 29 2020

THEATER MUST SEE: VANITY FAIR, AN (IM-)MORALITY PLAY

By |2020-01-29T15:13:17-04:00January 29th, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage" and that is literally true of the world as William Makepeace Thackeray saw it in VANITY FAIR here adapted by Kate Hamill now gloriously arrayed onstage at Central Square Theater: VANITY FAIR, AN (IM-) MORALITY PLAY. This production presented by Underground Railway Theater with a superb ensemble gives [...]

Jan 23 2020

ONSTAGE NOW: PASS OVER

By |2020-01-23T23:48:45-04:00January 23rd, 2020|Theater|0 Comments

Photo/Nile Scott Studios PASS OVER by Antoinette Nwandu co-presented by SpeakEasy Stage and the Front Porch Arts Collective is a potent 90 minutes that encapsulates then unleashes a penetrating take on the black experience in America. Stylistically and thematically, PASS OVER takes a cue from Samuel Beckett by way of the old testament. [...]

Jan 05 2020

MY TOP 10 MOVIES 2019– GO TO 11

By |2020-01-07T13:53:10-04:00January 5th, 2020|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Movies, Romance, Thriller, War|0 Comments

It was a notably lackluster year for movies. I searched in vain all last spring and most of the summer for something exciting, challenging, beautiful to see. It wasn't until this fall that a tidal wave of smart, absorbing, artful films were released before awards season, and I did my best to stay afloat in [...]

Jan 01 2020

MOVIE: “LITTLE WOMEN” Rule.

By |2020-01-01T23:44:09-04:00January 1st, 2020|Drama, Family, Movies, Romance|0 Comments

This is my favorite film of 2019 and it opened on Christmas Day, the best gift at the movies I've received all year. I have been walking around with it in my head and heart ever since I saw it at a critics' screening a few weeks ago: LITTLE WOMEN based on Louisa May Alcott's [...]

Dec 31 2019

THEATER: “MOBY DICK” A Whale of Premiere Musical Tale

By |2019-12-31T13:38:36-04:00December 31st, 2019|Theater|0 Comments

The American Repertory Theater's world premiere "musical reckoning" of Melville's masterpiece MOBY DICK is nothing to sneeze at. And yet, that's what I did in the penultimate moments of this 3 1/2 hour magnum opus;  my attempt to stifle a freakish, out of the blue, nasal explosion backfired, and to my utter shock and awe, [...]