Saturday, April 22, 2017

Multi-resort ski passes

Multi-resort passes have changed the way the ski industry sells tickets and the way people plan their ski vacations. I rounded up the best passes for next season for the New York Times.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Interview with Corey Hawkins

It's always great when actors you've seen shine in supporting parts or in big parts but smaller shows suddenly find themselves propelled to the kind of stardom that lands you first row at the Paris Fashion Week. My chat with Corey Hawkins is here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cuisine & Confessions

Les 7 Doigts de la main's new show isn't quite as good as Traces but still a treat for kids of all ages. My review's here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How Steve Earle got back into downtown theater

Some people object to Steve Earle's radical positions (come on, the Yankees?!?) but they should read my interview with him anyway!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Gently Down the Stream

Harvey Fierstein starring in a Martin Sherman play about gay history and its transmission from one generation to the next? If someone would know about that topic, it's these two men. I reviewed the show for the Times.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A double dose of Inge

We don't see plays done in rep very much in New York, so right after the Acting Company at the New Vic it was interesting to see the Transport Group do it. Lo and behold, it was another good pairing, this time of a couple of William Inge classics. My joint review for the Times is here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chess Match No. 5

The first Anne Bogart show I ever saw was Bob, almost 20 years ago. So I was more than happy to get a stab at her latest, which is another cerebral look into a genius' mind. Click here for my review.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Shakespeare meets Black Power

Always interesting to consider plays done in repertory, and it doesn't happen all that often in New York. I reviewed the Acting Company's double bill of X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation and Julius Caesar for the Times. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Strangest

One of the most fascinating things about Albert Camus' The Stranger is how open it is to interpretation, and to riffs on the story. The latest is The Strangest, a play I just reviewed for the Times here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A travel guide to Aspen

I never thought Aspen would be my bag but darn, it does ski well! My report for CNN Travel is here.

Tim Minchin

What a treat to profile Tim Minchin for the New York Times! Click here for the piece.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Marilyn in Manhattan

My review of Elizabeth Winder's Marilyn in Manhattan is just out in Newsday.

The View Upstairs

My latest for the Times is The View UpStairs, set at the New Orleans bar that was arsoned in 1973. Click here for more.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The Expanse

The Expanse is science fiction and proud of it! I wrote about why its low-budget, sometimes cheeseball genre charms are so wonderful for the Village Voice. Click here for the intergalactic fun.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A chat with Sarah Ruhl and Joshua Harmon

It was great fun to spend some time with Sarah Ruhl and Joshua Harmon, who both have new plays opening soon (well, his is a transfer and was seen Off but still). And they seemed to dig each other, too. Click here and scroll down the interactive Times spring preview.

August Wilson's Pittsburgh

A few weeks ago, I went down to Pittsburgh and had the privilege to tour the Hill District with August Wilson expert Chris Rawson. The resulting article is in The National, Amtrak's excellent magazine.

King Woman

It's been fun to return to music writing, and chatting with King Woman's Kristina Esfandiari was a treat. Click here for the Bandcamp interview.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Mother of Invention

For his latest play, James Lecesne stretched a bit, but it didn't quite come together. My review is here.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Great American Drama

My latest review in the New York Times is of the latest show by the New York Neo-Futurists. What happens when you write a play by committee? Click here to find out.

Incident at Hidden Temple

I reviewed Damon Chua's latest play for the New York Times. Click here for the deets.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Drop Dead

Borrowing the Daily News' notorious headline is a great idea for a book. You can read my review of Hillary Miller's new tome about theater in 1970s New York here. Yay, American Theatre magazine!

Winter sports in upstate New York

Winter has come, and there's a lot more to do than skiing or snowboarding in upstate New York. Did you know what Old Forge is the snowmobile capital of the east? Did you know there is an Old Forge, for that matter? All this and more in my latest piece for Newsday.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Profile of Harriet Walter

It was a pleasure and a honor to chat with Harriet Walter for this New York Times profile. It's rare to meet such an upstanding actress and person.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Top Secret International + Real Magic

A joint review of Top Secret International and Real Magic, at the Under the Radar and Coil festivals, respectively. Click here for the fun.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Amtrak lets you go to Winter Park in comfort

I just wrote about the return of rail travel between Denver and Winter Park — what a civilized way to go skiing! Click here for the story.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Five foreign series to watch

I ingested a lot of TV for the Village Voice just so I could give you, dear readers, some informed tips. Head that way if you want to know what to binge on next.