Since the day I was born (or maybe a few years later when I could actually form words and syllables) I have said that this was the year the Reds would take it all, another World Series win! I admit I've only been right a few times but this time I mean it. It is … Continue reading Cincinnati Reds Pitchers and Catchers report for their ultimate championship season!
I really wanted to like the new play God Shows Up, now at the Playroom Theatre in midtown through February 21. It is written by theatre reviewer and chronicler Peter Filichia. He is a member of one of my favorite podcasts (This Week On Broadway). I usually agree with his reviews and insight and find … Continue reading Review – God Shows Up
It is not often that I go to public school auditoriums to view theatre. But the presence in the cast of talented actress Kasey Moorhouse (who has been in several of our productions) was enough to draw me in. The Shadow Box Theatre has been performing a repertoire of plays for elementary schools for decades … Continue reading Review – The African Drum
Brownies are good. Add a layer of cream cheese inside or on the top and they are even better. Last Thanksgiving I made a Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie recipe that was well received. Here's a link to the recipe: https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownies/ The website where this can be found has a number of good recipes. It would be … Continue reading National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
Coming up later this month my new short play will be in the Players Theatre Short Play Festival in Greenwich Village. It is not profound but is a fun playful piece. The performers, Eric Diamond, Maera Daniel Hagage, Babak Mehrabi, Will Pierson, and Carly Ruda have been terrific in early rehearsals. We strongly recommend you … Continue reading Next short play is in rehearsals!
Today is National Shower With A Friend Day. I suppose it is better than Shower With An Enemy Day. If you regularly read this blog, you know I try to include quality graphics with each post. Considering the nature of this National Day I am including enough buffer space to prevent you viewing this graphic … Continue reading National Shower With A Friend Day
Today is National Home Made Soup Day. There is nothing more warming than a bowl of delicious fresh made soup during a dark winter. Did you see the game last night? Most of America did, I'm sure. Actually I prefer a defensive match so I enjoyed myself. I don't need lots of scoring to enjoy … Continue reading National Home Made Soup Day
Back in 2004 the American Heart Association named the First Friday in February National Wear Red Day to call attention to the fact that heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. You can find out more by going to http://www.goredforwomen.com or on Facebook GoRedGetFit. Use the hashtag #GoRedWearRed on your social media and … Continue reading National Wear Red Day
Yep, today is National Backward Day. A rather silly national day in which you are supposed to wear your clothes backward, walk backwards, do anything you can backwards just for silly effect. So I did my part with the post title above. Your turn! As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter … Continue reading YAD DRAWKCAB LANOITAN
Whether you live here or are visiting New York you should know that February is a great time to be here. Theatre is cheaper and restaurants more available because the city is less trafficked during this month. Stop by and try it sometime. Better yet, this February has four excellent new shows starting performances you … Continue reading February 2019 Broadway Preview
Quick note to let you know that my short play to appear in a festival in February has been cast and rehearsals begin soon. You can see the details below and I will have more information soon. Hope if you are in New York that weekend you will stop by to say hello. As always … Continue reading My new short play begins to take shape!
Good Morning. Today is National Blueberry Pancake Day. These little indigo gems are the perfect add-in to delicious pancakes. They are compact, generally uniform little flavor bombs that hold up on a griddle. There are other goodies you can put in your pancakes but none better than blueberries. They are standard on even the most … Continue reading National Blueberry Pancake Day
Got the news last night that prolific composer Michel Legrand has passed away. I loved his work, especially after seeing his film "The Umbrellas of Cherborg." One lesson you should take from my love for Michel Legrand is that you should always take my show reviews with a big fistful of salt. I gave a … Continue reading RIP Michel Legrand
Long time readers of this blog know that I often give positive reviews to New York Productions. Not only is the talent pool top notch but the New York market tends to promote only the best. I am afraid this is not the case for this production. A couple of years ago Iranian playwright Nassim … Continue reading Review – Nassim
English playwright Jez Butterworth has created an amazing tale of an Irish family in the midst of the 1980's Troubles that is full and vital and fascinating. This is not a documentary of the struggles between the IRA and the British. This is a compelling family tale the will break your heart and confirm your … Continue reading Review – The Ferryman
Today is National Pie Day, not to be confused with National Pi Day (on 3.14, of course) or any number of specific style pie days. To celebrate here is a recipe I recently came across and served to great acclaim at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Place a cast iron skillet in your oven and preheat … Continue reading National Pie Day & a recipe!
Kenneth Lonergan is having quite a time lately on Broadway. Widely respected as a writer of scripts for Off-Broadway and regional theatre and recognized as an expert screenplay writer, he has had three of his back catalogue brought to the Main Stem. The Waverly Gallery (as of this writing with only one week remaining at … Continue reading Review – The Waverly Gallery
Wanted to give you advance notice for one of my new scripts that will be featured in the Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival. Dates are tentatively scheduled for February 21-24. Pamela will direct and casting is underway. More details will be announced soon. I would describe this play as my take on George … Continue reading Heads up for an upcoming performance of a new short play
Today is National Fig Newton Day (and no, they do not have anything to do with Sir Isaac Newton, but are named after the Massachusetts town where they were first produced). I am not a particular fan of the cookie but as a Baby Boomer have a real fondness for the 1970's commercial campaign where … Continue reading National Fig Newton Day
Today is the tenth anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson." The day when pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles lost both engines to bird strikes shortly after take-off from La Guardia Airport and safely landed their passenger jet in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard the … Continue reading 10th Anniversary of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s famous Miracle on the Hudson Flight
The second week in January has been named National Mocktail Week. What is a Mocktail? Think of a Shirley Temple but more sophisticated. Alcohol has done plenty of damage to plenty of lives but we all desire a celebratory sip to toast our good fortune. These drinks are becoming more widespread with lots of new … Continue reading National Mocktail Week
Last Sunday I went on the annual Cold Finger Run sponsored by radio station WBAB on Long Island. They traditionally start off the year by inviting motorcyclists to contribute to a children's charity so they can partake in an hour long group ride escorted by police. The sea of motorcycles They gather at the Cradle … Continue reading 2019 WBAB Cold Finger Run
As I have said previously on this blog, there seems to be a National Day for nearly everything and today's version is Oysters Rockefeller. This dish was famously created by Antionne's restaurant in New Orleans in the late 1800's. It was named as so rich it was fit for a Rockefeller but that was before … Continue reading National Oysters Rockefeller Day
No, not this bull... ...these bulls! I've long been fascinated by Professional Bull Riders on television. It fits my short attention span (the cowboys need only stay on the bull for eight seconds) and I really like those hats. It turns out the season starts each January at Madison Square Garden. So I used one … Continue reading The Bulls come to New York
Psst. I know it is early in the morning, but today is that magical time when the rising sun aligns with Manhattan's street grid to provide a beautiful image of the good ol' sol perfectly in the middle of our concrete canyons. However, today's forecast in The Big Apple is for clouds and rain this … Continue reading Rainy Manhattanhenge Sunrise