Wishes form the foundation of fairy tales, romantic films, and idle fantasy. There are times, however, when one's innocent fantasies can go horribly wrong and what started out on such a promising note can evolve into a horrifying nightmare.
Spalding Gray's Morning, Noon and Night is charming and disarming. I kept wondering how this book could be so engrossing while being so deceptively simple. I think there are two things that are going on.
Based on the Regent's Park production in London, this Into the Woods is extraordinary theater. A treasure trove of psychological insights is neatly gleaned from the interlocking stories of fairy tale characters.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine want to make damn sure you know that life is made of the occasional modest high and the frequent devastating low. Sondheim has always hewed to his motivating themes of ambivalence and ambiguity.
If you're the kind of person who loves family scenes in which a doting parent reads a bedtime story to a child, stand warned that Love and Anger is about as far removed from The Princess Bride as you can possibly get.
Isn't it funny how hearing certain songs, or more specifically certain voices singing certain songs, can bring you back to a very specific memory? Like how hearing Peter Gabriel sing "In Your Eyes" whisks you back to your high school prom?
In the course of two evenings on a stage at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, to packed audiences of peers, family members, co-workers and strangers, the cast gave a Broadway quality 'great performance.'