Sunday, November 27, 2022

More science fiction for November

Closing off November with another batch of streaming science-fiction movies for the New York Times. Natalie Morales for the win! Click here for the roundup.

The Rat Trap

Another review, this time of an obscure Noël Coward play now making its belated New York debut — courtesy of the Mint Theater, obviously. Thataway for the review.

Sandra

I tackled David Cale's new play, which is at the Vineyard, for the New York Times, and I wished I'd liked it more. Although admittedly I'm still thinking about that cray-cray final plot twist! Click here for my review.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Old Man & The Pool

The Mike Birbiglia saga continues! Is he the funny Karl Ove Knausgård? Click here for my review of his new show at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

The English

I'd talked to Hugo Blick about The Honorable Woman back in 2014, and it was a pleasure chatting with him again for The English. Add Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer to the mix and you get one of my favorite shows of the year. Read on here.

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Anne Bogart

What a treat to do an exit interview with Anne Bogart as the SITI Company ends its producing activities! Click here for some terrific insights after decades in the theater trenches.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

The Divine Miss M

It was an absolute pleasure to dive back into Bette Midler's debut album for Tidal. The Divine Miss M came out 50 years ago and hasn't aged one bit — maybe because it felt "old" to begin with. My piece is here.

KPOP

I loved KPOP when I saw it Off Broadway five years ago — I wish I could have seen it five more times at least. The KPOP that is reopening at Circle in the Square has been largely reimagined, though. Why, and how? Read on.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

More streaming science fiction

My science-fiction column is back with another selection of five wildly diverse under-the-radar movies. Thataway for the goods.

Hound Dog

Ars Nova and PlayCo are jointly presenting this play by Melis Aker, which unfortunately I did not care much for. My underwhelmed review can be found here.

Chushingura — 47 Ronin

The least I can say for this show is that there's nothing else like it on NYC stages right now: I salute the attempt to tell this centuries-old story in a theatrical manner! Click here for my review.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Everything's Fine

I wrote about Douglas McGrath's solo show, in which he also stars, for the Times. Thataway for the review.

Interview with Lars Eidinger

I'm on a roll with the great people to interview: After Kate Nash, I met with Lars Eidinger. Definitely not the same vibe and yet kinda — two people who are very good at what they do, and do it in their own idiosyncratic manner. Click here for my story. 

Friday, October 14, 2022

Interview with Kate Nash

Kate Nash is back…with an Off Broadway musical! I got to meet one of my favorite popsters of the past 15 years and it's all there (with fab photos, too).

A chat with Melissa Etheridge and Jill Sobule

Last week I had breakfast with Melissa Etheridge and Jill Sobule. We talked about their new Off Broadway shows, life, music, football. It was great fun. Click here for the convo.

Saturday, October 08, 2022

Piggy

I reviewed Carlota Pereda's debut feature, Piggy, for the Times. Spoiler alert: I liked it. Click here for the Critic's Pick.

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

October's science-fiction column

I'm back with another installment of my column about streaming science-fiction movies. Once again, it's a diverse mix so everybody should find something to their liking. Thataway!

Thursday, September 29, 2022

FC Bergman

One of the most intriguing European theater troupes finally makes its American debut: I was delighted to talk to 3/4 of the FC Bergman collective ahead of their show at BAM. Thataway for the story.

Heathers The Musical

I've been a fan of Heathers: The Musical since catching its NY premiere a few years ago, so naturally I was delighted when the Times assigned the review of the capture to me. Click here, fans of 1990s nastiness!

Friday, September 09, 2022

Ghost…at last

I've been dying to write about Ghost for a while, so I want to thank Tidal for letting me have a go at it. Read on for my thoughts on this Satanic party band.

Bonnie Milligan

I wrote about Bonnie Milligan (Princess Pamela 4ever!) for the Times' fall preview. What a treat! Thataway if you want to know more about this terrific performer.

A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff

Over the past 14 years Bernie Madoff has emerged as a major source of inspiration for artists and journalists.  I wrote about Alicia Jo Rabins's hybrid of essay, musical and documentary for the Times. Click here for my review.

September's sci-fi to stream

It's a good thing I can't include series in my monthly sci-fi column for the Times because For All Mankind would be in it every time. Instead, here are five movies new to streaming. Click here for the goods.

Friday, September 02, 2022

Los Otros

I reviewed this musical by Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa for the New York Times. Mixed feelings, but the score reinforces my argument that LaChiusa is unfairly criticized for not writing melodies. Click here for the review.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

NecronomiCon Providence

I had a great, thought-provoking time at NecronomiCon Providence last week, reporting on this festival of the weird for the New York Times. And now you can read about it here. The programming was so rich, I think I could have written three or four articles with very little overlap.

Kinky Boots is now Off Broadway

A production of Kinky Boots that's very faithful to the one that played Broadway is now Off Broadway, and I reviewed it for the New York Times. Curious? Click here.

A preview of Hulu's The Patient

I talked to the principals behind the new Hulu miniseries The Patient — creators Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, stars Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson — about coming up with that premise, then turning it into a show. The article is here

Alienoid

The Korean movie Alienoid, now streaming on Netflix, is totally bonkers, in a good way. Click here for my review.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Lily James

It was really interesting to reconvene with Lily James months after I first talked to her about Pam & Tommy. The show has had quite an impact on the pop-cultural conversation and, as it turns out, on her views on her own career. Click here for the interview.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Joe Hisaishi at Radio City Music Hall

I spoke to the composer Joe Hisaishi about his collaboration with Hayao Miyazaki — Hisaishi will conduct five evenings of his scores at Radio City Music Hall. What a treat! Click here for the article.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A lot of science fiction to stream in August

This month's sci-fi column got a little boost! I did the regular installment, which you can find here, and I also contributed to a roundup featuring one selection each from the Times's genre-streaming columnists — focusing on sci-fi, horror, action and foreign movies. I'm going to brag that my pick was the biggest of all!

Monday, July 18, 2022

Heart

I loved Jade Anouka's in Phyllida Lloyd's Shakespeare trilogy and today I wrote about her solo play, Heart. Click here for the review. 

Tenor Overboard

The Glimmerglass Festival teamed up with Ken Ludwig to create a Rossini jukebox musical. What a brilliant idea! I wrote about how they put it together and gosh, the show sounds so much fun.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Notre Dame de Paris

Arguably the most popular French stage musical after Les Misérables (discuss!) lands in NYC 24 years after it opened in Paris. I wrote a succinct primer about it and the wave of pop musicals that followed in France. Click here for your gateway to epic ballads.

White on White

Only a couple more days to see this terrific show at JACK in Brooklyn, a venue I'd love even if I wasn't able to walk to it from my apartment (and the Good Batch happens to be on the way). Click here for my Critic's Pick review.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

July's science-fiction column

This month's batch of streaming sci-fi movies is all over the map — though come to think of, that's pretty much the case every month! The new column is out so dig in!

Friday, July 08, 2022

The Rise and Fall of Jean-Claude Van Damme

The subject line is only part of the (very long) title of Timothy Haskell's latest show, which I reviewed for the Times. Onward with the arts!

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Titanique

Titanic is the gift that keeps on giving, and now it's back with more Celine Dion. I mean, back on stage, of course. Thataway for my review of the new musical.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Bodies They Ritual

I really liked Angela Hanks's new play, part of Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks series. It takes place at a Santa Fe resort and introduces a bunch of characters I'd like to know better. Well, maybe not Queen Harvest. Read my Critic's Pick review here.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Mabou Mines

Thrilled to continue my exploration of the East Village's legacy of experimental theater with a look at Mabou Mines, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary (actually 52nd — there was a pandemic-related delay) with a three-day celebration. Click here for the crazy story.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Scott Derrickson's mood board

I've done quite a few mood board for the Times by now, and this new one, with Scott Derrickson, has shot to the top of the heap. You know you want to read it.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Big Mix

Tina Landau, James Alsop, Joshua Henry and Faith Prince chatted about The Big Mix on Little Island. Now I can't wait to go. Click here for the story.

Mia Yoo and La MaMa

I caught up with Mia Yoo 11 years into her tenure as artistic director at La MaMa. It was enlightening, to say the least. Click here for my story.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Tonys 2022 coverage

And it's a wrap for the 2022 Tonys! I contributed to the New York Times' live coverage (you can catch up with the blow-by-blow here) and to the Best and Worst compilation (which is here). 

Sunday, June 12, 2022

June's science-fiction column

I'm proud of how diverse the selection in my science-fiction column has been, and the June installment continues that proud tradition. Click here for the latest batch of five films.

Thursday, June 09, 2022

Mr. Parker

I trekked to Theater Row for Michael McKeever's latest, Mr. Parker. We are used to stories about women existing in the shadow of a famous husband; this show looks at a man who is emerging from the shadow a famous man. Click here for the review.

Irma Vep

I talked to Olivier Assayas and Alicia Vikander about their new HBO series, Irma Vep — another installment in a saga with roots in 1915. Read on then stream on! 

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Arlekin Players

My latest feature in Arts & Leisure is about Arlekin Players, a small company out of Needham, Mass., that took the pandemic as a challenge to think out of the box — and it strived. Now it's presenting its most ambitious project yet, and I wrote about it.

After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

I am still reeling from Bertrand Mandico's wackadoo western/sci-fi hybrid, which is unlike anything else coming out these days. My review is here.

Fire Island

Summer's back, and with it rom-coms! I was happy to review Fire Island, in which Conrad Ricamora finally got the romantic lead he so richly deserved. Joel Kim Booster, who also wrote the screenplay, is delightful as well. Click here for the review.

Friday, May 27, 2022

California

My latest considers the first entry in Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks series. Click here for my puzzled review.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Golden Shield

I traveled to Manhattan Theater Club to review its new production, Golden Shield. Unfortunately I was not impressed.

Interview with Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

I worked on two stories when I went to Los Angeles earlier this month. One was about American Song Contest on NBC and the other just came out: an interview with Manuel Garcia Rulfo, the star of the new Netflix series The Lincoln Lawyer — as a Michael Connelly fan, I was excited. Click here for our chat.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Eurovision 2022

Once again I was part of the New York Times team covering Eurovision Song Contest live yesterday. It was action-packed, and if you haven't watched — what are you waiting for? You can relive the excitement in this thread.

Friday, May 13, 2022

May's streaming science-fiction movies

There's quite a bit of range in this month's selection, though make sure you don't mix Moonfall and Moonshot, or the Swan Song I talk about with the one starring Udo Kier! Click here for my latest column.

Which Way to the Stage

The characters in Ana Nogueira's play, at MCC, are pretty familiar types but the comedy flies for most of the show. But that landing… My review for the Times is here.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Backstage at American Song Contest

I recently spent a few days in Los Angeles working on a couple of stories. The first one just came out and it's about the NBC show American Song Contest. I am not, generally speaking, a fan of singing competitions but I genuinely love this one. Why? Because it's modeled after the Eurovision Song Contest, which of course I love! (And once again I'll be part of the Times' team covering the final on Saturday.) Watching how the sausage is made backstage was a thrill and you can read about it here.

My second (completely different) L.A. story will be out next week. Watch this space.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

The Takedown

After Lupin, Omar Sy pairs up with director Louis Leterrier again for the buddy comedy The Takedown. Unfortunately, both men can do a lot better. My review is here.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Holland Taylor's exit interview

Holland Taylor has been performing her play Ann since 2010, but her run at the Pasadena Playhouse was her last rodeo (other women can take on the role, of course). Oooh this was fun to do! Click here for the fun.

Severance mood board

What a treat to chat with creator Dan Erickson about some of the influences he brought to his series Severance. Click here!

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Jaquel Spivey

Since November, I've had several conversations with Jaquel Spivey about his starring role in A Strange Loop. It's rare that I get this much time with someone, and I think it paid off. Click here for the article. 

Alfie Allen's My 10

My entire family was into Game of Thrones so they're very psyched that I got to talk to Theon Greyjoy, sorry, Alfie Allen — who's making his Broadway debut in Hangmen — about his go-to items. Thataway for the article.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Five sci-fi movies to stream in April

My latest column for the Times features the usual diverse array of streaming under-the-radar movies. Dive in!

Harmony

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman's musical has been circling the New York airport for a long time, and I'd say it was worth the wait. My review is here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Little Prince

The French import The Little Prince crash-landed on Broadway. I was there to check out the wreckage: read all about it in my review for the Times.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Valérie Lemercier talks Aline

I've been a fan of Valérie Lemercier for decades and this was my first time interviewing her — about her film Aline, which I liked a whole lot. Thataway for my feature.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Little Girl Blue

I don't have the same hangups against jukebox musicals as many of my colleagues, but I readily admit that the biographical subgenre is the hardest to tackle. Read my review to see how Laiona Michelle fared with her show about Nina Simone.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Science-fiction movies for March

Another sci-fi smorgasborg for March! Click here for my latest batch of under-the-radar releases.

The American Song Contest is coming

I am ridiculously excited about this new NBC show! Here's a primer about what to expect when it starts on Monday.

The Life

The latest Encores! production bears little resemblance, in its approach, to the series' mission as it was once defined. By all means, adapt away — just don't call it an Encores. My review is here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Is Big Sky the future of skiing?

I truly don't have the answer to that question, but it's interesting to think about it. My take, which will not solve anything: there are no good answers. Click here for my story about the Montana ski resort.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Stromae

Stromae's back! I talked to him about his new album, the glories of Technotronic and so much more. Click here for the interview.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Science-fiction movies for February

This month's selection of under-the-radar science-fiction movies casts a not particularly optimistic look at the future (though one of them does involve a Shyamalan-esque plot twist). Click here for the streaming goods.

Friday, February 04, 2022

Reacher on Amazon

A new Reacher series is streaming on Amazon and of course I wrote about it — I've lost track of how many of those books I've read! Click here for the big and burly stuff.

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Prayer for the French Republic

I will always support playwrights' ambitions; I just wish Joshua Harmon's new family saga had found a better third act. Click here for my review. 

Pam & Tommy

When news of this miniseries came out a few months ago, I immediately pitched a story. But when I finally watched the 8 episodes, they did not go at all where I expected — which is a very good thing. Click here for my preview feature.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Exponential Festival 2022

The Exponential Festival went digital this year, and I watched seven of the shows (the fest concludes on Monday). It was a discombobulating experience, which is reflected in my account for The New York Times.

Five sci-fi movies for January

The latest batch of under-the-radar science-fiction movies is out, and the timing is perfect: it's snowy and cold in NYC — cue up some flicks! Click here for the list.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Ricky Ian Gordon

Two composers have two operas running in January: Puccini and Ricky Ian Gordon. I wrote about the latter for the Times. Thataway for the profile. 

Conrad Ricamora

I've long been a fan of Conrad Ricamora's, having enjoyed his performances in shows as stylistically diverse as Here Lies Love, The King and I and Soft Power. I was psyched to talk to him as he takes on Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. Click here for the profile.

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Witcher mood board

It was super-fun to chat with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich about some of the inspirations behind the Netflix series The Witcher! Read on here.