| Oct 9, 2013
| 5:30 AM
LONDON — When author Michael Morpurgo was told the National Theatre wanted to adapt his book "War Horse" for the stage, to be co-directed by Marianne Elliott, he immediately went off to see Elliott's production of George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan."...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Channeling Danny Kaye, Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach and other musicians-cum-comics, conservatory-trained violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo like to say that they don't make fun of classical music but rather that they have fun with classical...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Much that was old was new again in 2013, which turned out to be a very good year for the classics.
It wasn't a bad year for new work either, even if too many of today's most provocative playwrights are getting short shrift from this town's nonprofit...
| Nov 28, 2013
According to Emily Post, "All rules of table manners are made to avoid ugliness." They exist to shield us from other people's effusions and emissions — and to conceal our own. Manners can act as a lubricant, minimizing social friction, but mostly...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 5:33 AM
I negelected to mention and post a link to this story on Explore 44 that appeared last week in the Lakeville Journal, by summer intern Caroline Nelson, a New York high school student who shows promise in the business. Thanks to the folks at the Journal! ...
| May 19, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"IF YOU cannot get rid of a family skeleton, you may as well make it dance," said George Bernard Shaw.
OR HAVE it attack you in an elevator. Now that Beyonce, Jay-Z and Bey's sister Solange have addressed -- with love and caring -- that little...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 11:42 AM
By Vladislav Todorov, translated from the Bulgarian by Joseph Benatov
Paul Dry Books: 185 pp., $14.95 paper
Of all the places to set a story of intrigue, Bulgaria has served as a choice exotic location for many writers, among...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 4:05 AM
She was called the Queen of Off-Broadway but you could call her the Queen of Way-Off-Broadway, too, by way of Connecticut.
She was Lucille Lortel, and The Courant described her as "a woman of vim, vigor and vinegar. ... With Lortel's aggressive charm,...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:57 AM
Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. — Goethe
On yet another glorious day, I found myself walking the beaches of Crystal Cove. As usual, so many joys were be found there. Take the search...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:00 PM
We cannot escape Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
On Thursday, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with help from the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, begin an 11-day TchaikovskyFest at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include the...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Henry Higgins has a different kind of cultural challenge.
Kevyn Morrow (Broadway’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “A Chorus Line”) and Geri-Nikole Love (off-Broadway’s “Carlisle: A Different Three Sisters”) head...