Upon his death today at 81, some thoughts on a great actor who was omnipresent on the big screen, the small screen, and the stage for decades — and deserves to be remembered for more than a role in a Chris Farley movie.
The Broadway star appears on a YouTube show to explain a problem she encountered when doing “The King And I” in London — and then sings one of the memorable songs from that classic musical.
My review of a brilliant play (and performance) where one actor plays dozens of roles, switching back and forth between personas nearly non-stop for more than 90 minutes.
My response to a recent article urging leniency towards theatergoers who use their smartphones during plays or musicals to take photos, send texts, or post to social media.
My review of the St. Louis Rep’s production of a play about how far you can bend the truth before it breaks — and whether “I’m not a journalist” is a valid defense when changing facts to make a story flow better.
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.
My review of mentalist Derren Brown’s Broadway show, “Secret,” now playing in the same theater where I saw Doug Henning’s very different “The Magic Show” more than four decades ago.
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.