Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Overflow

Yep, these days I can review London productions without leaving my couch. Click here for my take on Overflow, at the Bush Theater.

Welcome to Averno

Prepare to step into a rabbit hole of content when you read my story about Averno, the setting for several musicals — and so much more. Click here for the entryway.

Who is Lupin?

Most American viewers haven't heard of the title character of the new series Lupin — which didn't stop them from sending the show to the Netflix top 10 last week. I wrote about Lupin the man, Lupin the myth and Lupin the series with showrunner George Kay, director Louis Leterrier and star Omar Sy. Thataway!

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Swingin' the Dream

 Louis Armstrong, Moms Mabley, Dorothy Dandridge, Benny Goodman, Agnes de Mille and many others walk into a theater: what could possibly go wrong? I wrote about the 1939 Broadway flop Swingin' the Dream for the Times. Click here and be amazed by the swing-tacular that failed.

The January festivals are happening

It takes more than a pandemic to stop experimental theater and to my great joy the avant-festivals of January are happening this year. Thataway for my preview.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Bruce Willis now

 Over the past few years, but especially since 2015, Bruce Willis has been making a lot of movies. I watched 12 of them and lived to tell the tale. The story is here.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

A look at British panto

What a treat to team up with my colleague Alexis Soloski on a panto article! And what a treat to be able to watch panto to begin with, since we are in the U.S., where this particular theatrical genre does not thrive. Click here for our conversation.

Jared Mezzocchi

 Many people stepped into the arts breach in 2020, and it was my pleasure to write about Jared Mezzocchi for the Times.

Be an Arts Hero

 I wrote about the advocacy group Be an #ArtsHero for the New York Times. Another thing I wish we didn't need, but there we are. The article is here.

Last streaming column of 2020

 What a year it's been for streaming theater. For starters: that's when streaming theater began. We could have done without that invention but there you go: lemons, lemonade. In my last streaming column of 2020, I suggest some productions that show that we've come a long way since the hesitant Zoom days of March. Click here for more.

Friday, December 04, 2020

What's happening on the Dallas stages?

 In real life, I've never stepped outside of the Dallas-Forth Worth airports — yes, there are two. In virtual life, I watched a lot of Dallas theater this fall. Click here for my story about it.

Streaming theater: holiday edition

 My column about streaming theater comes with a theme this week. You have one guess.

The 2020 Christmas movies on Netflix

 I did it last year and here I am again this year: I watched the new batch of Netflix original Christmas movies, and lived to tell the tale — and rank them! Thataway for the list, which everybody will disagree with.

Best of 2020

 I contributed to the Times' Best of 2020 list. Naturally, I highlighted some viral projects.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Split Britches' Last Gasp

One of the best art pieces of the pandemic has come from a 40-year-old company, Split Britches. I checked in on Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, back from their eventful London sojourn, where they created Last Gasp WFH. 

A chat with HBO's Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller

 Another threeway conversation! Ah, the vagaries of scheduling. Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller are some of the most powerful women in television, yet chances are you haven't heard of them. Let's change that, shall we? Click here for our chat.

A chat with Bryan Cranston and Peter Moffat

Fun fact: 20 minutes after Joe Biden was declared President Elect, I got on a Zoom call with Peter Moffat and Bryan Cranston to talk about their new miniseries, Your Honor. Listening to the recording later on, I could clearly hear honking and yelling in the background. Thataway for the chat, which is rather entertaining.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Skiing in the time of Covid-19

Planning to ski this season? I gathered some tips to help you navigate the new landscape. The takeaway: plan ahead! Head over to my Times article for more.