| Dec 2, 2013
| 2:56 AM
As the holiday season approaches, a quick glance through The Morning Call arts calendar reveals the popularity of Charles Dickens' well-known story "A Christmas Carol" in our area. Performances will be staged in Allentown at the Civic Theatre, in Easton...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:39 AM
Charles Dickens is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker and the chief mourner. Old Dickens is as dead as a door-nail.
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:14 PM
The earlier they trot out the decorations, the more quickly arrives the seasonal fatigue.
So if you would rather choke on an undigested bit of beef than pay dearly for Ebenezer Scrooge, if you secretly hope the "Christmas Schooner" will never leave...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 8:53 AM
In the Victorian era, not many people people knew that their beloved superstar author Charles Dickens had a long affair with a young actress, Nelly Ternan. But in the 20th century, the relationship was detailed in a number of biographies -- including...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:11 PM
The hero of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations" might just pip that better known Christmas celebrity this holiday season.
If you're tired of the mutterings of old Ebenezer and yet still crave some of that Dickensian moral pudding, then consider the...
| Nov 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Mike Newell, whose eclectic career has ranged from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," has given us a classic adaptation of Charles Dickens' beloved bildungsroman "Great Expectations." It is skillfully made and...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 12:05 AM
Watching the latest "Great Expectations," one can't help but think Helena Bonham Carter has spent her entire career auditioning for the role of Miss Havisham. The jilted, wilted bride whose bitterness she carries into her dotage is the very picture of the...
| Oct 13, 2013
Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 1:25 PM
When it comes to the star-crossed love of Romeo and Juliet, whether you use the language of Shakespeare or the discourse of Twitter, the passion must be scorching, the angst and the irony feuding, the desire unquenchable, the deaths unending.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:04 AM
The most excellent and lamentable tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" has been turned into a film that is lamentable without the "excellent" part.
It doesn't waste time imparting that sinking feeling. The movie opens with a chaotic jousting scene between the...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:51 PM
Is it fair to say that an actress as talented as Helena Bonham-Carter was born to play a role? Because I want to say that she was born to play Miss Havisham.
Miss Havisham, as you probably learned in high school or college, is the elderly jilted bride...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 11:24 AM
In one episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” George Costanza tries to impress his girlfriend by joining a book club. The first book he has to read is “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” by Truman Capote. For George, the novella is a slog:...