Theater Review: “The Agitators”

My review of a terrific St. Louis production of a play about the decades-long friendship of two of the most famous Americans of the 19th century, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, as they advocated to allow blacks and women to vote.

Valerie Harper

When I heard Friday of the death of Valerie Harper at age 80, I went to my archives to dig out this revealing conversation I had with her in February, 2006.

Four Showbiz Notes

Observations about four recent showbiz stories that caught my eye: a screen duo’s return, a magazine redefines time, a David Mamet stage play bombs, and why movie comedies are struggling at the box office.

Come From Away Again

Two years ago, after seeing it on Broadway, I raved about the musical “Come From Away.” Last night, I attended a performance by the national touring company and am happy to report it is still a great show — though I have one complaint about the audience.

Liza with a Z

If you’ve been watching “Fosse/Verdon” on FX, you’ve seen scenes in which Bob Fosse directed Liza Minnelli in “Cabaret.” But you may not her 1972 TV special, for which both of them won Emmys. Here’s some history and a highlight from that show.

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