Feb 15 2022

THEATER: PEOPLE, PLACES, THINGS

By |2022-02-16T12:44:03-05:00February 15th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

If anyone doubted that Chekhov could be funny and tragic at the same time, keep your eyes on Marianna Bassham in the opening scene-within-a-scene of "The Seagull" and the actress's hilarious, out of her mind, dazed and confused, wounded deer-in-the-headlights mashup of her character Nina's dialogue before knocking over sets and collapsing on the floor. [...]

Feb 08 2022

MOVIES: OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2022!

By |2022-02-08T19:51:46-05:00February 8th, 2022|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Fantasy, Kids, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, War, Western|0 Comments

I roused myself at the crack of 8AM this morning, and waded through the annoying byplay of hosts Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) to hear the announcement of the 94th OSCAR nominations and was happy to see so many of this year's best films and performances recognized by the Academy. [...]

Feb 04 2022

THEATER: THE BLUEST EYE

By |2022-02-08T12:37:32-05:00February 4th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

The title alone--THE BLUEST EYE--suggests the shards of an iris, a lens on a deep dark sea of meaning.  Now, the depth and richness of the Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison's language and vision is profoundly illuminated by Lydia R. Diamond's sleek 2005 adaptation of Morrison's first novel and The Huntington's graceful and penetrating production-- [...]

Jan 24 2022

THEATER: MR. PARENT/PRETTY WOMAN

By |2022-01-24T17:45:26-05:00January 24th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

I recently went to the theater, vaxxed and masked, and saw two productions which couldn't have been more diametrically opposed. One was an honest, affecting, reality-based memoir that shed light on one of the most crucial and challenging issues of our times. The other was a repackaged bundle of cliched claptrap, an embarrassment in motion.  [...]

Dec 28 2021

THEATER: THE CHRISTMAS REVELS/THE RISE AND FALL OF HOLLY FUDGE

By |2021-12-29T00:14:02-05:00December 28th, 2021|Theater|0 Comments

There's holiday entertainment still to be had ONLINE this holiday week and here are two that encompass the dynamics and traditions of the season-- which this year feels more fraught than most. Take comfort and joy in the following offerings which dust off the past, dive into the complexities of the present, and emerge with [...]

Dec 16 2021

THEATER: TEENAGE DICK/WILD

By |2021-12-17T11:34:28-05:00December 16th, 2021|Theater|0 Comments

MUST SEES: Two plays now onstage in Boston: one a gloss on a Shakespearean historical tragedy, the other a clarion call to avert an historical tragedy! Playwright Mike Lew's TEENAGE DICK now onstage at THE HUNTINGTON exploded the pile of preconceptions I was sitting on, confounded my expectations, and expanded my world. THIS [...]

Dec 12 2021

2021 FILM CRITICS AWARDS: The BSFC & BOFCA vote BEST of the YEAR!

By |2021-12-13T00:24:39-05:00December 12th, 2021|Action & Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Epic & Historical, Family, Kids, Movies, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Western|0 Comments

THE BOSTON SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS (BSFC) of which I have been a proud member since 1981, has once again voted its year- end awards, and it only took us 7 hours, on zoom, with 27 members participating. Since we began gathering in the livingroom of the late great David Brudnoy all those years ago, [...]

Dec 09 2021

FREE ADVANCE SCREENING: A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN

By |2021-12-09T18:03:55-05:00December 9th, 2021|Action & Adventure, Drama, Movies, War|0 Comments

HURRY! FREE ADVANCE SCREENING TO Columbia Pictures/Bron Studios release "A JOURNAL FOR JORDAN"! December 13th, 2021 at 7:00pm at AMC Boston Common For the chance to download tickets to this special advance screening of "A  JOURNAL FOR JORDAN" please visit: https://alliedrsvp.com/boston Rating: PG-13 (Language, Drug Use, Partial Nudity, Some Sexual Content) Running time: 2h [...]

Dec 06 2021

MOVIES: THE BEATLES GET BACK/SPENCER/HOUSE OF GUCCI

By |2021-12-06T21:43:52-05:00December 6th, 2021|Documentary, Drama, Movies, Musicals|2 Comments

Some films really stick, and THE BEATLES GET BACK, the three-part "event" directed by Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings") now streaming on Disney+ has seeped into my bones and will stay there forever. Cameras everywhere capture EVERYTHING. In the days and weeks leading up to their final fantastic and at times absurdly funny [...]