Thursday, July 21, 2016

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

It was a pleasure to catch Denis Podalydès' staging of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme at Lincoln Center Festival. Here's my review for The New York Times.

Fun fact: Podalydès' old pal Emmanuel Bourdieu is listed for "artistic collaboration," whatever that is. His father was famed sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, who came up with (among many others things) the concept of cultural capital — which of course is was the play is partly about.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Execution of Mrs. Cotton

Good serendipity for my first New York Times theater review: a show with a marked guignol streak. Too bad it was petit rather than Grand. Click here for the full review.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kayak polo at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Oops, there was one last NY Post piece due to run: an account of my kayak-polo adventure at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here to discover this addictive water sports.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

My last NY Post pieces

Here are handy links to my last pieces for the NY Post. Not latest: last.

First off, click here for the deets on what happened in the spring of 1923, when the vice squad raided The God of Vengeance and put the kibosh on the show — that's what you get for bringing lesbians and religious sacrilege to Broadway.

I had serious problems with last year's Spring Spectacular but Radio City turned the show around this year, and now it's deserving of its name. There's still work to do but I do think they're over the hump now, and have something they can build on.

The hottest tour of the summer — nay, the year? It's a 400-year-old book. The Folger Library is putting some of its Shakespeare First Folios on the road.

Finally, meet Mexrissey, which puts a fabulous Mexican spin on Morrissey songs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What to do and not to do when you exercise in the heat

Another outdoorsy piece, this time about precautions to take when you exercise outdoors and the temperature is climbing. I wish I'd known some of these things when I almost passed out after playing tennis in 100 degrees last summer...

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Helen Mirren's deep catalogue

The only people who should be surprised to see Helen Mirren in the next Fast and Furious movie are the ones who haven't paid any attention to her long and wildly diverse career.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

Does this play work better with a single-sex cast? My favorite production remains Propeller's all-male one at BAM, but then I did like the mixed one with Maggie Siff a few years back. Phyllida Lloyd chose to go broad — in every sense of the term. My review's here.