Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

It’s easy to make bigots the villains of a story, and even easier to make a librarian the heroine. That should make “Alabama Story” a cliche-riddled play that’s easily dismissed. Fortunately, it’s much more than that. Emily Wheelock Reed...
Theater Review: “Network”

Theater Review: “Network”

In 1976, when serious white men named Cronkite, Chancellor, and Reasoner told you everything important in the world in 22 minutes on their evening newscasts, writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Sidney Lumet introduced us to Howard Beale, a network anchorman...
Theater Review: “My Fair Lady”

Theater Review: “My Fair Lady”

Over Christmas weekend, my wife and I went to New York to visit our daughter and see three Broadway shows, all of them from material we were already well-versed in, yet excited to see in new productions. First up was “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center. The...
Springsteen On Broadway

Springsteen On Broadway

Earlier this year, I lamented that I wouldn’t get to see Bruce Springsteen’s one-man Broadway show because I don’t get back to New York as often as I used to, and the seats were prohibitively expensive. My brother and sister-in-law, who live on the...
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...