Worst Side Story

Worst Side Story

In the never-ending category of Hollywood Has No New Ideas, we have a new entry: Steven Spielberg is remaking “West Side Story.” That should be against the law. Tony Kushner, who Spielberg hired to write the new version, told Vanity Fair, “Our...
Neil Simon

Neil Simon

The Hebrew word “dayenu” means “it would have been enough.” As an example of its use, consider this: If Neil Simon had only written “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot In The Park,” DAYENU. Or: If Neil Simon had only written...
An Odd Theater Sighting

An Odd Theater Sighting

As we drove along US Route 1 in Maine last week, we passed the Ogunquit Playhouse, a regional theater that hosts bus-and-truck touring companies of shows like “Jersey Boys,” “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and “An American In Paris.” The...
Theater Review: Terry Fator

Theater Review: Terry Fator

I was only familiar with Terry Fator from clips of him winning “America’s Got Talent” eleven years ago. He parlayed that into a regular gig (and a theater named after him) in Las Vegas, where he’s played for the last decade. Several of my...
Theater Review: Penn & Teller

Theater Review: Penn & Teller

My wife and I have seen Penn & Teller many times since they made their off-Broadway debut in the mid-1980s, but haven’t gone back for seven years or so until this weekend. I’m glad we did. Unlike other Vegas acts, who have been doing the same tricks...