Agrippina – George Frideric Handel

Agrippina was only Handel’s third full-length opera. Composed for the sophisticated opera audience of Venice at the end of Handel’s five years’ stay in Italy, it is clear that his talent has matured from his early German efforts in the form. The plot is more elaborate, more play-like, than  ...

Oliver Twist: PBS Masterpiece Classics: culturevulture.net – Television review

PBS stations, Sundays February 15, 2009 and February 22, 2009 9:00 pm ET/PT http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/twist/index.html Directed by Coky Giedroyc Adapted by Sarah Phelps BBC/WGBH Boston co-production DVD available at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=3422433&cp=1378003.1414639&ab=hmaster&parentPage=family A new and modern retelling of Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the much-loved tale of the poor orphan who falls  ...

The L Word

In the beginning of the season premiere, Shane (Katherine Moennig) is self-destructing on a two-day bender of coke and alcohol with Sherry, her former lover. This is, after all, The L Word, a show synonymous with drama and excess. Sherry is living as no one but TV bad girls live,  ...

Little Dorrit: PBS Masterpiece Classics: culturevulture.net – Television review

PBS stations, Sundays, March 29 2009 through April 26, 2009, 9:00 pm ET/PT. Adapted by Andrew Davies Directed by Dearbhla Walsh, Adam Smith, Diarmuid Lawrence BBC/WGBH Boston co-production http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/littledorrit/index.html DVD available for purchase A new, noteworthy and timely BBC/WGBH adaptation of Dickens’ Little Dorrit by award winner  ...

Flanders and Swann

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann brought their two man reviews of their own gently satirical songs from the West End to Broadway in the early 1960s. The songs in At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat have been part of culturevulture's cultural soul ever  ...

Crave – review

Crave, a one-act drama that premiered in 1998 by the late Sarah Kane, comes out of the experimental and absurdist tradition of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Like the plays of Beckett, Pinter, and Albee, Crave combines wordplay, searing questions, and fragmented discourse. Kane uses her combination of  ...

Warden of Red Rock

How many times will screenwriters continue to think they're doing something new and innovative by dribbling out Westerns that feature one or more characters pontificating about how "times have changed"? This idea should have been put to rest after The Wild Bunch; it's not like that film's going to  ...

The Warden

Something on the order of two million inmates are behind bars in the United States and both the number of prisoners and the incarceration rate (prisoners as a percentage of the population) have increased steadily for twenty years or more. In the mid-1990s, the budgets for prisons exceeded the  ...