Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens, an estate in the Hamptons, gained national attention through the mid 70’s documentary by David and Albert Maysles. The brothers were originally contacted by Jacqueline Kennedy and her sister Lee Radziwill, who were hoping to drum up some interest by the brothers for the sisters’ own self-promotion. In  ...

Between Riverside and Crazy

The setting was once a large and elegant apartment on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. There’s a spacious living room and a view of the Hudson River. The place has a cluttered, messy vibe, and the Christmas tree is still up in mid-summer. The apartment looks as if  ...

The Music Of Strangers (2015)

We all want to be loved. We all want to belong. But what do you do if your house is bombed and everyone in it dies? Do you become bitter, or take the high road? And what do you do if your country is being systemically destroyed by forces within  ...

Interview with John Leguizamo

Toba Singer: What has been the evolution of your career? Did you welcome the chance to move out of the comedy club circuit to theater, film, and TV? John Leguizamo: I didn’t do much time in comedy clubs: I did my initial work in performance arts theaters. I  ...

Georgia O’Keeffe, Tate Modern, London

A major new retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe at London’s Tate Modern seeks to challenge standard attitudes to and interpretation of her work as “flowers that look like vaginas”. It was the artist’s husband, amongst others, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz, who hinted that her work had overtly sexual overtones, that the  ...

Café Society

Starting with the plain white opening titles against a black background, Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy, "Café Society," has all the earmarks of earlier Allen rom-coms: an Allen avatar with a Jewish background, a beautiful love interest (or two), a score consisting of mid-twentieth-century standards. Some people will  ...

Macbeth, Old Globe Theater, San Diego

If forced to summarize Macbeth in two words, you might choose brutality and suffering. While Hamlet dives into the big existential, Lear hammers at disloyalty and Othello focuses on deception, Macbeth takes an unblinking look at some of man’s basest instincts. The Globe’s production does not flinch, taking  ...

Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow

Conductor Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra continue their stellar series of performances of the works of Dmitri Shostakovich with their Deutsch Grammophon release “ Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow,” a 2-cd set with their live performances of symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9 recorded in Symphony Hall in  ...

Cabaret, National Tour

An only child privy to adult conversations, I have a memory of the film, “I Am a Camera,” playing at Provincetown’s Art Cinema Theater when I was, say, seven, and overhearing my mother telling friends, “See that film!” The penetrating saturation of her brown eyes stood in for the exclamation  ...