Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mama I Want to Sing: The Next Generation

Sometime last year I was settled into my habitual low-key Sunday evening in front of 60 Minutes, when Leslie Stahl introduced me to Vy Higgenson, the founder and director of The Mama Foundation for the Arts.  There followed one of … Continue reading

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“Anything Goes” (Take 2)

Friday night I was back at Anything Goes.  I almost never see a show twice (Warhorse being the only recent exception, also because it was so damn good.)  But I’d bombarded Joan with my enthusiasm for the show after I … Continue reading

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Side Tracking: Freedom Tower, and the U.S.S. Intrepid

A couple of side trips in the city on Friday added to the soul-cleansing I seek out with my city theatre binges.   The two hikes on the High Line certainly qualify in that area.  Add to them the trek down … Continue reading

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On “The Deep Blue Sea” (2011)

English playwright Terrence Rattigan wrote a reasonably intense period piece about obsessive love back in 1952, when the residue of WWII was still fresh in everyone’s minds.  Its female protagonist was widely recognized at the time as one of the great contemporary … Continue reading


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On Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man”

And now for the most star-studded production to hit Broadway in years.  Here’s what’s good about The Best Man:  It’s a script by a much-admired talented author:  Gore Vidal.  It’s a womping good story, about dirty politics during a primary … Continue reading

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Walking the High Line

A small diversion now from the theatrical stage to another kind of theatre.  We’ve made a remarkable discovery, now destined to head our personal list of top New York attractions.  It’s “The High Line,” a mile-long park built on top … Continue reading

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On Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.  Is there any greater icon of the American Theatre than this playwright?  … than this play?  Directed by Mike Nichols?  Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman?  It was an opportunity not to be missed, … Continue reading

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On “We Have a Pope” (Habemus Papem)

We did manage to get up to the Lincoln Plaza Cinema Wednesday morning to squeeze in We Have a Pope.  The story of a newly elected pontiff  having a crisis of conscience and running around Rome trying to find the … Continue reading

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On “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”

Back in New York again for more theatre & a few films.  Was just here in January, and am delighted to be back– and so soon.  Essentially, Joan and I are here together, primarily because I would have never missed … Continue reading

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