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Book Review: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, 150th Anniversary Edition Illustrated by Salvador Dalí

Alice in Wonderland Salvador Dali Lewis Carroll

It's a great pleasure to rediscover Lewis Carroll's classic in this modestly priced new Princeton University Press edition, with marvelous illustrations created by Salvador Dalí for a long out-of-print 1969 printing. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Sound’ by Don Nguyen at Azeotrope

L to R: Lindsay W. Evans, Cheyenna Clearbrook, and Ryan Schlecht. Photo by Richard Nguyen Sloniker.

Like the deaf teenage girl at its center, Don Nguyen’s 'Sound' is caught between two worlds. Read More »

The Eternal Question: Is Originality Dead in Hollywood?


Is creativity on its deathbed in Hollywood? Is there nothing new under the pop-culture sun? Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Radio Mystery 1949′ by Dennis Richard

"Radio Mystery 1949" by Dennis Richard, directed by Richmond Shepard. Alexander Reed and Beth Griffith. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

The concept of an old-time live radio broadcast turning into a kind of reality show might ring bells for today's audience if it were handled cleverly, but 'Radio Mystery 1949' drops the ball. Read More »

Theater Review (Seattle): ‘Brechtfest’ by The Horse in Motion

L-R Dylan Smith, Shaudi Vahdat, Liza Curtiss, Nic Morden in 'Brechtfest.' Photo by Anthony White

Who knew that Bertolt Brecht, and carousing cabaret-style dinner theater are actually a pretty good fit together? Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Rent’ by Jonathan Larson at the Harbor Lights Theater Company

rent harbor lights theater company

I wondered if the hit musical from the AIDS-crisis era would seem dated in 2015, but this new talent-loaded Staten Island production shows that 'Rent' has become a perfectly valid period piece. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Pillowman’ by Martin McDonagh

Kirk Gostkowski, Paul Terkel, and Deven Anderson in the Variations Theatre Groups' production of 'The Pillowman' by Martin McDonagh

Directed with concise assurance by Greg Cicchino and acted with stark focus by a fine cast, this production of McDonagh's police-state black comedy confronts head-on the story's ferocious flaying of what we like to think of as the benevolent and rational sides of our nature. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Pondling’ by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman

Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, PONDLING, Gúna Nua Theatre Company and Ramblinman, Origin Theatre Co's 1st Irish Theatre Festival, 59E59 Theaters

When the lines blur between reality and a fantastical world created to stave off isolation and rejection, there is only one way out. But sometimes, one doesn't have to break down and let one realm or the other dominate. Sometimes there is a way out that makes much more sense. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘DESIRE,’ Six Plays Adapted from Tennessee Williams

Liv Rooth, Derek Smith, David Grimm, Oriflamme, DESIRE, The Acting Company, 59E59 Theaters, 5A Season

Tennessee Williams's short stories are intriguing, cryptic, revelatory, and shocking in their adaptations by exceptional modern playwrights in six one-act plays. The plays embody the tides of desire and the unconscious impulses that flood our lives when least expected. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Stripped’ by Stephen Clark

Stripped play by Stephen Clark, by Team on Fire

Written partly in verse and acted with great skill, this play though remarkable in some ways proves unable to encompass the numerous large subjects it takes on together with the ambitions of its language. Read More »