September 21, 2016

The critic Ben Brantley wrote about Edward Albee this week in the New York Times:

Edward Albee never expected or even wanted you to like his plays. “Like” is too pale and friendly a word for the red-blooded emotions he hoped to elicit. Rage and bewilderment, fear and loathing and that grand old Aristotelian couple, pity and terror: These were all welcome and entirely appropriate responses to have in the theater of Mr. Albee, one of the genuinely great dramatists of the last century, who died on Friday at 88.

Read the rest of this excellent article HERE.

Thinking about Edward Albee this week since his death, remembering the impact of seeing my first Albee play, Zoo Story, through the half century of triumphs and transcendence of his greatest works like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Del...

September 14, 2016

Director Tom Ford's 2009 debut film "A Single Man" is a wonderful movie. In case you missed it, you're in for a treat. From beginning to end, it's a stylish (no surprise), delicate and ultimately heartrending story about a smart, very private and deeply wounded man (Colin Firth) who's faced with an insurmountable challenge. Julianne Moore gives an equally lovely performance. The whole film is haunting, impeccable and immensely moving.

Now Tom Ford is at it again. The reviews for his new film "Nocturnal Animals" from the Venice Film Festival are ecstatic.

This from Variety: "An explosive tale of love, violence, and revenge." 

From The Guardian: "Wildly gripping."

From The Hollywood Reporter: "sumptuously entertaining."

YES. I cannot wait to see this one.

Here's a fascinating interview with the direct...

September 7, 2016

    Hey! September 11-17 is National Arts in Education Week!

So what?

If you're anywhere over the age of, say, 35, and ever attended a public school, you might remember lots of classes in the arts. Music appreciation, drawing, painting and sculpting, creative dramatics, vocal and instrumental music, field trips to local theatre and symphonic performances, museums ... well, a lot of this is gone now. Because of money constraints and other more nebulous (some say subversive) reasons, kids in our public elementary schools today receive very little in the way of arts education. And it's taking its toll.

Lest you assume that arts in education doesn't matter that much to a child's future, here are some stats:

1. Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic ac...

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