| Jun 14, 2009
Toilet pail in one hand and cup, dish and spoon in the other, Craig Wright hovers near a wooden platform that represents a tiny prison cell in his play "The Unseen."
Kneeling on the platform is Darin Singleton, who portrays Wallace, one of two inmates...
| Mar 30, 2010
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The Yellow Handkerchief should be the stuff of compelling human drama: Lonely characters forging a bond in the depressed roads of rural, post-Katrina Louisiana. An ex-convict aching with regret and desperate for redemption. Awkward young love struggling...
| Nov 29, 2010
Key West, Florida's "Last Key" is a popular port of call on Western Caribbean cruise itineraries. Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, the island is a laid-back tropical oasis that has attracted the likes of Harry Truman, Ernest Hemingway, and...
| Nov 29, 2009
While assembling my notes for a review of the Library of America anthology "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny" (Library of America, two volumes, edited by Peter Straub: "From Poe to the Pulps," 746 pp., $35; "From the 1940s to Now," 714 pp....
| Dec 6, 2009
1Comfortably over a thousand pages, "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" "The Complete Stories of J.G. Ballard" (Norton: 1,216 pp., $35) isn't just a doorstop but the door itself, a portal to the worlds that Ballard (who died this year) hatched in his...
| Dec 27, 2009
Scarlett Johansson is set to step before a Broadway audience for the first time Monday night in Arthur Miller's waterfront tragedy, "A View From the Bridge," in the role of the 17-year-old niece of a tough New York longshoreman whose feelings for her...
| Dec 29, 2009
Packed New Orleans street cars may be a sign of what's to come 2010. "We're living right," says Mary Beth Romig with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. She says it's non-stop adventure in the city next year starting with day one -- the...
| Jun 28, 2009
Herman Maril had two worlds, and each provided him what something the other lacked.
The artist, who was born in Baltimore in 1908 and died here in 1986, spent his life painting some of the grittier aspects of the city. Invariably, his astute and...
| Jun 25, 2009
NEW YORK -- Overheard on the Chelsea Hotel stairway one recent Sunday:
Question: "Is Rita still here?"
Reply: "Rita's dead." A pause between footsteps. "Rita was a sweetheart."
Only in this hotel could such an exchange take place as calmly as if two...
| Sep 24, 2009
The list of people who've walked through these rooms is endless. "Bob Hope, Joe Fontane, Yule Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Gaga Gabor, Tennessee Williams." If only walls could talk.
"Ginger Rogers. Frank Sinatra actually tickled the ivories in the piano bar,...