Theater Review: “The Agitators”

Theater Review: “The Agitators”

You probably know the names Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, but you may not know that the two civil rights activists were close friends. “The Agitators” puts them on stage together and tracks that friendship through nearly five decades as they...
Theater Review: Derren Brown “Secret”

Theater Review: Derren Brown “Secret”

More than four decades ago, my parents took me to the Cort Theater on Broadway to see “The Magic Show,” starring Doug Henning. He was different than all the other magicians I’d seen on TV who wore tuxedoes and made doves appear out of their sleeves. Henning wore a...
Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper

When I heard Friday of the death of Valerie Harper at age 80, I went to my archives to dig out a conversation I had with her in February, 2006. Best known as TV’s Rhoda Morganstern, she was touring that year in “Golda’s Balcony,” a one-woman...
Theater Review: “1776” At The Muny

Theater Review: “1776” At The Muny

I have written many times on this site of my fondness for the musical “1776,” which debuted on Broadway 50 years ago, ran for 1,217 performances, and won five Tonys, including Best Musical. It is the stirring story of the compromises and improvisation that...
Four Showbiz Notes

Four Showbiz Notes

I’m happy to see Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan will return for the fourth in their comedians-on-the-road series, “The Trip To Greece.” They have the best continuing-characters-in-movies chemistry since Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in “Before Sunrise”...
Theater Review: “What The Constitution Means To Me”

Theater Review: “What The Constitution Means To Me”

As a teenager, Heidi Schreck competed in American Legion debates, winning enough cash to put herself through college.  Decades later, she’s using those experiences as the basis for her show, “What The Constitution Means To Me,” which just won an Obie...