Trumbo (2015)

    It was disheartening to read in the “Trumbo” publicity that the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, including the now-reviled House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), was a “forgotten piece of history.” On the other hand,  ...

China Doll

Some think that it is not kosher to review a play while it is still in previews, but, I don't live in New York any longer and my recent visit there was timed to coincide with other events. But how  ...

Hamilton

When a Broadway show gets uniformly rave reviews, I worry that the performance can't possibly live up to the hype. Not so with “Hamilton.” What makes “Hamilton” unforgettable, in addition to its creative concept by the mega-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In  ...

Home Fires

    Stories of English heroism during World War II never fail to inspire me. They also make me wonder how I would have managed had I lived in a rural English village, like the Cheshire village of  ...

Indian Summers – Season 1 on PBS Masterpiece

    This dramatic nine-part historical series recounts the 1930s summers spent at the station of Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, by a group of upper-crust British socialites as the ruling British Raj is beginning to  ...

Art at Stanford University:

  The day was warm and the campus was quiet when my aunt and I toured two neighboring, but vastly dissimilar, art museums at Stanford University. We were there primarily to see the two new exciting acquisitions at the  ...

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

    I would bet that nearly all of my readers use one or more Apple products, are generally familiar with Steve Jobs’ career or may have read one of the several dozen books about him. Nevertheless readers,  ...