| Jul 21, 2010
Lots of people die ironically nasty deaths in the bucolic English countryside, at least in the popular British TV series "Midsomer Murders" and in many of the much-loved 80-plus mystery novels of Dame Agatha Christie.
We know because we're addicted to...
| Aug 8, 2010
— It's tempting to call Bramwell Tovey the Noel Coward of conductors.
In the past decade the native Brit has become renowned for his droll and witty remarks from concert stages.
In June, as host of the New York Philharmonic Summertime Classics...
| Aug 8, 2010
On a steamy, drizzly morning, my friend Alejandra Cisneros leads us on a narrow dirt path through the flooded rice fields.
A few yards away, a dozen ducks march single file across a dirt berm, tails twitching, looking very businesslike. Local farmers...
| Aug 26, 2010
| 8:51 PM
The Laguna Playhouse is gearing up to celebrate its 90th (that's right, 90th) season in 2010-11, but somehow it won't be quite the same as the past 20.
Andrew Barnicle, the playhouse's popular and highly skilled artistic director, who has held the...
| Aug 25, 2010
Florence Henderson takes her acting very seriously, but that doesn't mean she doesn't like to fool around now and then.
Case in point: Her role as a clown groupie who wakes up in bed with Bob Goldthwait's boozy clown in the 1992 cult favorite "Shakes the...
| Sep 19, 2010
The Widower's Tale
Pantheon: 402 pp., $25.95
The outspokenly fuddy-duddy 70-year-old patriarch at the center of "The Widower's Tale," Julia Glass' class-consciousness-raising new novel, is a recently retired Harvard librarian named...
| Feb 8, 2011
Lesley M.M. Blume, the New York editor of an online culture and style website, hardly cuts the profile of someone with her Manolo Blahniks stuck in the cement of the past.
Which makes it all the more curious that she stitches her days with a bevy of...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 5:29 PM
When Noel Coward's "Private Lives" takes the stage of the Laguna Playhouse next weekend, it'll mark the end of an era — a 20-year era for its director, Andrew Barnicle.
Barnicle signed on back in 1991 as the artistic director of the playhouse and...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 11:45 AM
Yesterday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age reminded me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 3:34 PM
A baseball field faces GTC Burbank, a small theater situated in the middle of George Izay Park. Off to one side is a children's playground. Inside the modest 98-seat venue, the curtain is going up on a decidedly different reality: the 1930s world of...
| Mar 20, 2012
When Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were not reigning supreme on the Broadway stages of the 1930s and 1940s, they were reposing at Ten Chimneys, their summer house in Genesee Depot, Wisc. The Midwestern location — as distinct from the usual celebrity...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 9:55 PM
A successful staging ofNoel Coward's"Private Lives" means pulling off a tricky balancing act with precision — several balancing acts, in fact.
Perhaps director Timothy Williams is also a tightrope walker, because in Mad Cow Theatre's production...