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 east coast, did get...

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 version is not meant to...

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 "The Sunshine Boys" and "Plaza Suite," DAYENU....

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 marquee outside said the current offering...

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 friends have seen and raved...

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 over and over,...

Steve, Marty, Bruce, and That Tony Moment

Why would I buy tickets to see Steve Martin and Martin Short at The Fox Theatre later this year when I just watched their entire show on Netflix? Even if I had only seen bits and pieces of it, I still wouldn't go because they didn't make me smile, let alone laugh. The...

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