Theater Etiquette In The Digital Age

Theater Etiquette In The Digital Age

I just got around to reading an October 6th NY Times piece by Michael Paulson and Michael Cooper regarding “a heated debate about theater etiquette in the digital age.” The “debate” is over audience members who can’t keep their hands off...
Theater Review: “The Lifespan Of A Fact”

Theater Review: “The Lifespan Of A Fact”

During my radio career, I always demurred when someone called me a journalist, which I never have been. I was a talk-show host — opinionated, biased, and (hopefully) entertaining — but that didn’t give me the leeway to get facts wrong or make...
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...