Recently I purchased a Miracle-Gro AeroGarden, then I bought another. Currently in the largest, Bounty version, I have cherry tomato plants. For a while I also had lettuce, but they seeded out and the tomatoes took over. I love tomatoes and so am getting a real kick out of harvesting fresh cherry tomatoes straight into … Continue reading Plowing my south forty
Amazing. If you have the opportunity you must see this play. As indicated in a previous post I was anxious to see how Simon Stephens would handle this. Had I not known he had also written The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Punk Rock, I would have thought they were … Continue reading Heisenberg
Lewis Black is one of our foremost political comics and a particularly angry man. Of course, that is his hook, he clenches his teeth, fingers start wagging, he shakes is jowls and growls in frustration. All very funny in the process. Last night he did a one man show at the Marquis Theater on Broadway … Continue reading Lewis Black: Black to the Future
While riding on US Route 7 in northwest Connecticut I have come across this delicious eatery near a covered bridge just off the road. It is a lovely spot off a scenic road where lots of motorcyclists stop. The menu and the food is fantastic. There are many good choices and you should try as … Continue reading The Wandering Moose Cafe
Coming up this season are three productions written by playwrights I have recently enjoyed, coming back for another bite at The Big Apple. HEISENBERG is being presented by The Manhattan Theater Club and was written by Simon Stephens. He is best known for his adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, … Continue reading Playwright Redux
When I first saw Hamilton a few days after it opened in February 2015 my very first reaction was that I could not wait for the high school version of the script to be licensed. Finally the drama club at your local high school might be the cool place to be. Not so when I … Continue reading Hamilton – the Future
Still can't get Hamilton off the brain, out of the head. Because this was the second time I saw the show, I tried to watch off focus to see what was going on in the periphery. With the double turntable it is a complicated performance. The music and lyrics are amazing. And of course the … Continue reading Hamilton – Flawless Show?
Today I won the Broadway Direct lottery for a ticket to Hamilton on Broadway. I attended the Saturday matinee at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. This is the second time I've seen the show. I won a Today Tix Lottery on February 21, 2015, also a Saturday matinee. For each ticket I paid only $10 as … Continue reading Hamilton – Again
Oh yes, my children, it is true. The greatest popular poet of our time has been awarded the Nobel. I could never have dreamed to hear that as a young man. Wow. I have a substantial music collection and a good chunk of that is Bob Dylan and the many covers of his work. Amazing. … Continue reading Bob? Nobel? Dylan?
Had the chance to see this comic play skit recently. It was funny but uneven. It really was a very long Saturday Night Live sketch that sometimes hit and sometimes missed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but Neil Simon they ain't (does anyone else alive even know who Neil Simon was is?) Sigh. … Continue reading Oh Hello on Broadway
The second presidential debate was tonight. The Broadway season is heating up. There is lots going on. But I cannot avoid talking about Ken Thompson. I never met Ken Thompson. He was the district attorney from Brooklyn, not even a borough I visit much. He announced five days ago that he was taking a leave … Continue reading Farewell Ken Thompson
Got word today that a group called Culture*Park will include my play "Freedom Training" in their 14th Short Play Marathon on Saturday, November 12 at an auditorium in the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It will be a staged reading. They require that playwrights attend to discuss their inspiration and process. I'm … Continue reading Plans to attend presentations of two of my scripts in November
Helder Guimaraes is a talented, earnest magician. His moves are smooth, his presentation solid. He holds forth on a set stacked with crates and memorabilia. He ties his illusions to his memories, lessons learned, a self examined life and lessons learned. His patter, at least to my ears, was less interesting than his magic. All … Continue reading Verso – Truth in Deception
Who is to say what a Broadway show should be? The Encounter certainly does not fit any of the molds. I came with high expectations as I usually agree with reviews by Ben Brantley and he had given it raves in London and here. The components were spectacular and yet... Simon McBurney has done yeoman's … Continue reading The Encounter
Got around to seeing Andrew Lloyd Webber's new piece, School of Rock the Musical. I have not seen the movie it was based on, I just don't get to see that many movies. The stage show is extremely high energy, has lots of very talented kids and is very well put together. As complicated as … Continue reading School of Rock, the Musical
I'll get back to documenting my theater reviews soon. I'll be going to several plays this weekend and will set them up over the next few days, but until then, more about food! I have been trying meal kits over the last couple of months and love them. Early in life I enjoyed baking for … Continue reading Food, Glorious Food