Recent Reads: Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln’s Killer

James L. Swanson has written an enlightening and engrossing account of the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.  I knew all of the major points and touchstones of the history but this book is an invaluable guide and deep dive into all the details surrounding it.  It is astounding how … Continue reading Recent Reads: Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln’s Killer

Plays and Prestidigitation #9 – The Fright Edition

If you are in New York City two weeks from today, I hope you will join me for Plays and Prestidigitation #9 - The Fright Edition.  This is an occasional series I present at Polaris North, a co-operative of theater artists at 245 W 29th Street.  We perform a group of short plays interspersed with … Continue reading Plays and Prestidigitation #9 – The Fright Edition

Review of MICHAEL MOORE ON BROADWAY: The Terms of My Surrender

Michael Moore's show is a liberal rant, history lesson and all around entertaining performance.  It is also a story of his background and involvement in the causes he supports.  He makes very good points and is preaching to the choir here in New York.  You know by now whether you agree with him or not. … Continue reading Review of MICHAEL MOORE ON BROADWAY: The Terms of My Surrender

In praise of New York Theater Lottery and Discount Services

For those of us who live in New York we have a huge selection of live theater available.  But much of it comes at high cost and with limited availability.  Which is why I love the discount services and lotteries available.  Here are several options to consider: Subscribe to Signature Theater.  Their tickets start at … Continue reading In praise of New York Theater Lottery and Discount Services

Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival review

Last Sunday my favorite (and closest) park in New York City hosted the annual Medieval Festival.  It was terrific.  Lots of good festival food (a few years ago they added beer and wine), many performance stages, demonstrations of blacksmithing and sword making, multiple themed booths selling baubles and beads, knights jousting, a live chess game, … Continue reading Fort Tryon Park Medieval Festival review

Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD is my favorite theater musical.  I love the music, the story, the Steampunk atmosphere.  I have seen a fully staged version, a John Doyle version, and a wonderful concert version with the New York Philharmonic.  This was my first intimate version, not what one expects from this property. The Barrow Street … Continue reading Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

This weekend: The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

On Sunday, October 1, come to Fort Tryon Park, near the top of Manhattan (and right next door to me) to enjoy the annual Medieval Festival.  Take the A Train to 190th Street stop, take the elevator up to Fort Washington Avenue and turn right. There will be jousting, falconry demonstrations, medieval weaponry, people in … Continue reading This weekend: The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

Review: The Red Letter Plays (IN THE BLOOD and F**KING A)

Recently I saw the two Red Letter Plays written by Susan-Lori Parks at the Signature Theatre in New York.  Parks had off-handedly said she would write a new play based on the classic American novel "The Scarlet Letter."  When she scrapped her first attempt that she titled F**KING A (I use the same attribute used … Continue reading Review: The Red Letter Plays (IN THE BLOOD and F**KING A)

The Edward Albee Collection at Sotheby’s

When Edward Albee died about a year ago his estate arranged an auction of the art work he had collected to benefit the foundation he established.  Sotheby's won the right to conduct the auction and the exhibit for the sale opens today at their headquarters on the upper East Side of Manhattan.  I have purchased … Continue reading The Edward Albee Collection at Sotheby’s