Aug 272009
Culture Vulture: Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Lecture

By Helen Epstein No one reviews talks but I’ve just attended two by some highly gifted women that deserve wider notice. Director Anna Brownsted and actress Dana Harrison discussed their work on R.T. Rogers’ provocative play “White People” at Shakespeare [...]

Aug 242009
Culture Vulture and “White People” in Lenox

White People by J.T. Rogers. Directed by Anna Brownsted. At Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Massachusetts, through September 4. By Helen Epstein What can possibly connect a reflective young History professor in New York’s Stuyvesant Town, a disconsolate Southern housewife and [...]

Aug 232009
Culture Vulture: A Unique Blend of Jewish Memoir and Musicology

THE THOMASHEVSKYS: MUSIC AND MEMORIES OF A LIFE IN THE YIDDISH THEATER. Written and hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Directed by Patricia Birch, with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. by Helen Epstein I’m a fan of the [...]

Aug 172009
Theater Criticism: The Happy End of Business as Usual

By Bill Marx Veteran “Village Voice” theater critic Michael Feingold has written a good column on the tragic news, for some, that the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the organizations that jointly manage Broadway’s annual Tony Awards, have [...]

Aug 162009
Classical Music: The BBC Proms in London

By Caldwell Titcomb The world’s largest festival of classical music is the BBC Proms in London. Founded in 1895 by Sir Henry Wood (who in 1918 was offered the conductorship of the Boston Symphony Orchestra but declined), the Proms this [...]

Aug 162009
Culture Vulture: Andre Previn and the Art of Literate Conversation

by Helen Epstein Go here for information about a live-chat, scheduled for August 23rd, with Helen Epstein on “The Art of Narrative Writing.” They were around for most of my lifetime, I thought as I listened to Martin Bookspan, the [...]

Aug 152009
Book Commentary: Thirty Years Ago Stanley Elkin Raised Hell

By Bill Marx The ruckus kicked up by Yale University Press’s refusal to include cartoons offensive to some Muslims in a forthcoming book called “The Cartoons that Shook the World” underlines the ironic difference between offensive words and images. (Perhaps [...]

Aug 142009
Theater Commentary: Boston’s “Comedy of Errors”

The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. Directed by Steve Maler. Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand, through August 16. Reviewed by Bill Marx Shakespeare can be punished by his own success. In “The Comedy [...]