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How Elaine Stritch Got Her Big Broadway Break

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Non-theatergoers will know her from her comic turn as Alec Baldwin's imperious mother in 30 Rock. I remember her from a sweeter moment, after a performance of her Tony-winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch At Liberty.

Is the Term 'Chinaman' Derogatory?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

At the intermission of Noël Coward's Private Lives, my wife asked me whether I had been offended by the use of the word "Chinaman." Other than that one bit of language, it was a perfect comedy of manners. I replied that I wasn't sure.

Theater Review: Just Jim Dale, a Slim and Stale Musical Memoir

Zach Udko | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
Zach Udko

After a brief career as a pop singer in his early 20s, Dale commits to serious acting after seeing a Noel Coward play. He soon finds success playing many of Shakespeare's clowns, before moving onto leading Broadways roles.

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

First Nighter: Mary Martin Let Down in Inventing Mary Martin

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Somehow it should seem appropriate that Inventing Mary Martin is as corny as Kansas in August. But the kind of corniness prevalent in conceiver-writer Stephen Cole's revue, at the York, tributing one of Broadway's great musical comedy leading ladies, is never welcome.

First Nighter: Moss Hart's "Act One" in Two Great, Big Acts

David Finkle | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When theater veteran Moss Hart published his bestselling Act One in 1959, he packed a lot into it about his impoverished childhood and neophyte playwr...

The Return of the Wonderfully Weird Dirty Little Singers

Myra Chanin | Posted 05.27.2014 | Arts
Myra Chanin

If you lust after New York the way you think it was during the time when Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley and Alexander Wolcott made priceless remarks while getting drunk at the Algonquin Round Table don't miss Dirty Little Songs.

The Woman Who Shot Elaine Stritch

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

After almost 20 years in the business, Chiemi Karasawa made the move from being a script supervisor on feature films to being a producer who made documentaries. When she started making Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, she had no intention of playing musical chairs right into the director's seat as well.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen Go Out in the Midday Sun: Updating Noel Coward on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Some may like it hot, but on a recent visit to Djibouti, one of the hottest places on earth, it was sheer boredom that drove me out into the searing noonday heat. I just got fed up with sticking in the delightfully air-conditioned micro-climate of my hotel.

A Mighty Oak Falls: A Tribute to Peter O'Toole and His Best Films

John Farr | Posted 02.14.2014 | Entertainment
John Farr

Today every classic movie fan mourns the death of Peter O'Toole at 81. The spirit of mischievous exuberance he brought to his life -- and all his roles -- somehow made me believe he could never die, even when you could see the smoking and drinking had taken its toll on his once startling good looks.

First Nighter: London's Latest Private Lives Comes Cheerfully to Movie Screens

David Finkle | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Some plays need to look as if they're being performed with absolutely no effort whatsoever. They must seem merely tossed off. That's the fun of them. Perhaps the most famous example is Private Lives, the jazzy romantic comedy Noel Coward wrote in 1930.

A London Sojourn

Daniel Asia | Posted 11.04.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I lived in London over 25 years ago as a young composer. During my two years there I attended a couple of concerts a week which gave me a good sense of the English musical landscape, attended some theatre, and got to know at least parts of the city well.

Catching Up With Michael Menzies, the 'Love Child' of Noël Coward and Marlene Dietrich

Kenneth M. Walsh | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Kenneth M. Walsh

Back in June I put together a summer reading list that included a delightful-sounding memoir called Deeply Superficial: Noël Coward, Marlene Dietrich, and Me, written by film executive Michael Menzies. It's a must-read for anyone who's ever felt a special kinship with a celebrity.

Easy Listener: Tom Wopat, Kevin Dozier, John Lloyd Young Are Singers You Need to Know

David Finkle | Posted 07.28.2013 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Hey music lovers, let's consider--for want of a better term--pop crooners. At the moment, the greater listening public seems to think there are only ...

Napoleon's Role in Shaping Penang as Key Player in World Trade

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 03.07.2013 | Books
Carolyn O'Donnell

If the British East India Company existed today, it would be a billion-dollar mega-corporation. In 1786 the company wanted a suitable port of "refreshment and repair" along the valuable trade route to China, and the tropical island of Penang.

'Present Laughter,' Little Fish Theatre

James Scarborough | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
James Scarborough

A sustained, delightful and genteel match of verbal badminton, Present Laughter elicits laughter that is both abundantly present and, yes, splendidly accounted for.

The Women Who Haunt Us

George Heymont | Posted 10.25.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

From the sirens of the silver screen to the fierce feminists who helped change the world, many a proud woman has left her mark on civilization.

First Nighter: Mark Nadler's Outstanding, Outrageous 'Crazy 1961'

David Finkle | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
David Finkle

When the amazing Mark Nadler performs, I never fail to find myself thinking about the talent/luck equation. If x (talent) + y (luck) = Big Star, how are x and y measured?

Kim Cattrall's Broadway Play Forced To Close Early

Posted 12.15.2011 | Home

NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- The revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" is ending its run several weeks early. The play, which stars Kim Cattra...

Stars of a Golden Age

George Heymont | Posted 02.04.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

In many ways, The Artist resembles A Star Is Born. One film star's career begins to crash and burn while another's takes wing against a background of tremendous churn in the film industry.

Kim Cattrall in Noel Coward's Private Lives

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.26.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

The beauty of Private Lives is Noel Coward's language, the hilarious barbs and banter, foreplay to out and out brawl.

Stage Door: Private Lives

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

"It's extraordinary how potent cheap music can be," muses Amanda (Kim Cattrall) to Elyot (Paul Gross) her former husband. They meet, five years after ...

Broadway Review: Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross Dazzle in a Sparkling Revival of Private Lives

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 01.21.2012 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Noel Coward's timeless comedy opened last week at the Music Box Theatre, and if you have the privilege of seeing Paul Gross's long-awaited Broadway debut, you'll enjoy a nuanced, charismatic star turn.

Theater: Kim Cattrall Conquers Coward In "Private Lives"

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.19.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Are you in the mood for a bit of bubbly? Champagne is always flowing in the world of Noel Coward and it's on tap at this modest revival of Private Lives.

First Nighter: Andrea Marcovicci, Bebe Neuwirth Act Up in Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 01.17.2012 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Andrea Marcovicci and Bebe Neuwirth represent those who say that what's important for performers appearing in intimate rooms is not that the voice be considered first and foremost but that appreciation of a lyric is equally as important as vocal reproduction and projection.