Thursday, March 12, 2020

A roundtable about movie streaming

It was a pleasure to participate in this roundtable about the quality of streaming originals. I think we're cautiously optimistic? Click here for the goods.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The 2020-21 ski passes are out

I broke down what's new for Epic, Ikon and the Mountain Collective for next year. The news that Grand Targhee is finally joining a pass definitely made my day. Click here for the details.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Spenser Confidential

Mark Wahlberg headlines his new collaboration with Peter Berg, but the movie's real draw is Winston Duke. As long as he's on board, they can turn this into a franchise. My Times review of Spenser Confidential is here.

Coal Country

Not going to lie: I cried a lot at Coal Country at the Public. Another critic's pick — hey, it's just a really good time of the year! — and you can find it here.


Ethan Lipton's Tumacho is back for another round, which is great since I'd missed it at Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks a few years ago. My critic's pick review for the Times is here.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Celine Dion at Barclays Center

I've now seen Celine Dion live three times: at her first NYC show, which was at Town Hall in 1994; at Madison Square Garden in 2008; and last night at Barclays Center. So pretty much every dozen years or so. My account of the Town Hall concert was for the now-defunct New York Newsday and is not online, but the Times just put my review of the Barclays gig online.

Please, meet Bob Dylan

I asked members of the cast and creative team of the Girl From the North Country musical about the first time they heard Dylan. Needless to say, there was a drastic breakdown by generations: You could tell people's ages from their answers. Click here for the feature, which is the Times' Spring Preview.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

There is such a thing as too much upbeat, even in a musical — as evidenced by Dick Scanlan and Kathleen Marshall's revisal of this Meredith Willson show, which left me completely drained. My review is here.

Monday, February 24, 2020

The Sabbath Girl

I have to admit I initially misread playwright Cary Gitter's name as Gary Gitter, and thought he must be getting a lot of redirects from a certain glam rocker on Google. What a difference a C makes. Anyway, my review of his play The Sabbath Girl can be found here.

Friday, February 21, 2020

How Killington makes snow

I love teaming up with a photographer for a story, and it was a pleasure to work with Caleb Kenna for this visually driven piece about Killington's snowmaking and grooming operation. Click here for the white stuff.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Happy Birthday Doug

Drew Droege set a high bar for wicked social satire in Bright Colors and Bold Patterns. His new one, Happy Birthday Doug, comes up a little short but it's still a good night out. My review is here.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Valentine's Day streaming

I'm glad to have been invited to join a team of elite New York Times snipers assigned to choose some streaming movies (or episodes) for Valentine's Day. Va day may have come and gone, but romance is evergreen, right? Click here for our selections.

Friday, February 07, 2020

Ski instructions for adults

My latest for the Wall Street Journal: ski school — it's not just for kids. In which I praise the benefits of ski instruction for adults of all ages and all skill level. Click here for the article.

Brats and burritos at Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley has one of the most idiosyncratic backgrounds of any North American hills, and it was so much fun to research this article — my first for Condé Nast Traveler.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Interview with Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino is back on the NY stage for the first time in six years and I talked to her for the Times. As the headline says, she has range. The article is here.


I reviewed Zora Howard's new drama (dark comedy?) for the Times so head thataway for the goods.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Q&A with Harlan Coben

Unlike most of his thriller peers, Harlan Coben gets TV. It was a pleasure to talk to him for this Q&A.

The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker

The East Village's theatrical freak flag still flies at La MaMa! Thataway for my review.

Oscar Wao at Repertorio Español

A thorough adaptation of Junot Díaz's novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao would take hours. The one at Repertorio Español is much more compact, meaning there are shortcuts, but the first act is pretty rocking. My review is here.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Miss America's Ugly Daughter

I reviewed Barra Grant's exorcism of a solo show for the Times. New Yorkers of a certain age will remember Bess Myerson well. Click along here.

Monday, January 13, 2020


It's always a pleasure to go to the New Victory Theater, one of my favorite New York institutions. This time, it was to review Christopher Myers and Kaneza Schaal's Cartography. How was it? Click here and find out.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Interview with Charles Busch

After years of fandom, I finally got to write about Charles Busch. What a treat! I'll say no more, just head over to the article.