Monday, April 29, 2024

Stars on Broadway

Four screen stars, four Broadway shows: I wrote about Rachel McAdams, Steve Carell, Jessica Lange and Eddie Redmayne for the Washington Post — article here.


Signature brought back Sarah Ruhl's adaptation of the Virginia Woolf novel, now directed by Will Davis. "Wildly uneven" is the quickest way to describe the production. My review is here.

The Heart of Rock and Roll

Okay, let's face it: Huey Lewis isn't the heart of rock and roll. But the new jukebox drawing from his songs is a lot of fun. Yes, I had a good time. Click here for my review.

Hell's Kitchen

After a middling premiere at the Public Theater, the Alicia Keys musical is now on Broadway. Happy surprise: just like Suffs, it's really improved and now I can wholeheartedly endorse it. My review is here.

Friday, April 19, 2024


Having seen its previous version at the Public Theater, I was frankly flabbergasted that Suffs was transferring to Broadway. But the creative team did the hard work and while I still have reservations, I'm happy to report that the show is now very good. Thataway for my review in the Washington Post.

The Outsiders

It's hard to oversell S.E. Hinton's book The Outsiders, which is really remarkable — especially knowing she wrote it when she was 16. I got to review the musical adaptation for the Washington Post, and found the visuals a lot more striking than the music and book. You can read my piece here.

Science fiction for the spring

Under the radar no more: I've unearthed another quintet of obscure or semi-obscure sci-fi movies for you to enjoy this month. The list is here.

It's Only Life After All

I've never really been into Indigo Girls but I loved the new doc about them — which is a sign of a movie well made. The director was incredibly lucky that Amy Ray is such a pack rat! Click here for my review.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

An appreciation of Christopher Durang

We lost a good one this week. I threw a few thoughts together for the Washington Post, and you can find them here.


Quentin Dupieux strikes again! I got to review his latest, Yannick, for the Times. And by "latest" I mean latest to be released in the U.S.: one more came out since, and his next is premiering at Cannes. I just love him. Click here for the review.