| Sep 30, 2013
| 8:30 PM
"The Great Folk Scare" is how the late singer-songwriter Dave Van Ronk jokingly referred to the 1960s American folk music revival. But there was nothing to fear Sept. 29 at Manhattan's Town Hall, where a who's-who of folkies past and present gathered to...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Hollywood has mostly depicted the porn biz as tawdry at best, and positively hazardous to one's health at worst. "Lovelace," debuting in theaters and via video-on-demand on Aug. 9, with Amanda Seyfried in the eponymous role of "Deep Throat" star Linda...
| Jul 26, 2013
The confessional rock musical gets a workout in two current productions that handily illustrate the attractions (high-octane vocals backed by tight four-piece bands) and pitfalls (the sometimes uneasy tension between bombast and earnestness) of the form....
| Jun 17, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Is Broadway ready to see Neil Patrick Harris' angry inch?
Coming off a successful stint hosting the Tony Awards last week, Harris will be heading back to Broadway next year in a production of the musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." Producers...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Hot on the heels of his fourth well-received stint as Tony host, Neil Patrick Harris has locked in a Broadway return with a spring 2014 production of John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask's rock tuner "Hedwig and Angry Inch."
Harris has appeared on...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Once upon a time not so very long ago I was a young woman living a writerly life of working poverty in New York City, which, for better or worse, engendered certain expectations from HBO's "Girls."
I admired though did not love the first season and felt...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of your house and into the long-delayed sunny season, Chicago theaters of all sizes unleash some of their most promising offerings of the year. When you're ready for a break from the beach and the ballpark,...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 3:11 PM
Hedwig has pepped up a bit since my last encounter with the East German transsexual. The title character of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" has always been a study in dichotomy: both male and female, both happy and sad.
In the In the Wings production of...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 1:47 PM
When Phylicia Rashad was cast as a replacement Violet Weston in Anna D. Shapiro's Broadway production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," the Broadway gossip boards were abuzz with the notion of casting an African-American actress, best known for...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 1:06 PM
Is there better cold weather music out there than what's being made by Iceland's Sigur Ros? Possibly. But I'm going wtih them.
Head to Real Art Ways in Hartford on Friday for a screening of Valtari, an experimental film project involving a dozen...
| Sep 16, 2010
| 4:33 PM
Oscar seers have been leery of "Rabbit Hole" because of its trouble finding a distributor, but Nicole Kidman has been getting strong buzz in the lead-actress race as a mother striving to cope with the death of her 4-year-old son. Pete Hammond hails her...
| Sep 21, 2010
| 4:34 PM
The David Lindsay-Hare play turned into a John Cameron Mitchell feature film was picked up by Lionsgate and will be released to select cities at the end of the year. These clips give away “Rabbit Hole's” tone and quality, and the caliber of...