Theater Review: “Alabama Story”

Here’s my review of the St. Louis Rep production of “Alabama Story,” a new play about a librarian standing her ground against a bigoted politician upset about a children’s book in 1959 Alabama.

Theater Review: “Network”

Here’s my review of the Broadway stage version of the classic 1976 movie “Network,” with Bryan Cranston, Tatiana Maslany, and Tony Goldwyn.

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...