| Jan 27, 2014
| 2:00 PM
"A good countenance is a letter of recommendation," wrote Henry Fielding, the author of "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling," in 1749. It's a timeless truth understood best by those of us whose countenance is, to put it generously, mediocre.
To be in...
| Jan 10, 2014
The director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival for only six months, Ellen Wedner says she has already dispeled the perception that it is "another doom-and-gloom Holocaust festival."
"I think all Jewish film festivals get pigeonholed by people...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Happy Harvest Kids Sale
Oct. 1-2. Rake in the savings at The Five Ladybugs Happy Harvest Consignment Sale. Beat the heat and shop the indoor boutique for all your childrens needs. Or sell your unwanted items and receive up to 70% of...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 1:25 PM
NEW YORK — A man in a Manhattan rehearsal room asks a young boy a question: "No soccer game this week?" A look crosses the kid's face. You can read love, loneliness, contempt. "It's not soccer season anymore, Dad."
Chastened, the man talks of...
| Jun 9, 2013
| 9:20 PM
On a stunning Tony Awards night for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, whose revival of “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” proved triumphant in more categories than expected, “Matilda,” the spunky, imported, heavily favored...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 12:50 PM
You don't have to be Jewish to love comedian Allan Sherman. But if you are - and especially if you are a baby boomer - chances are he was a touchstone of your childhood.
For a brief and shining moment in the early 1960s, the bespectacled, corpulent...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Jerry Seinfeld is back behind the wheel this week with new episodes of his most interesting post-"Seinfeld" project: "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee."
Capitalizing on the recent trend of comedians hosting shows where they interview other comedians...
| Jul 3, 2013
| 12:00 PM
It won't be only Disney executives who are watching the box office returns for "The Lone Ranger" this weekend. Lots of people are wondering whether Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer can ride to the rescue of a genre that was once a staple of American cinema...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 12:25 PM
Mel Brooks' "The Producers" is a good show about a bad show. Based on his own 1968 movie, this Tony Award-winning 2001 Broadway musical remains as cheerfully vulgar as ever in the entertaining production by Silhouette Stages.
Where appalling taste is...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:56 PM
"The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (Shout Factory DVD). One of television's great comedies, collected completely: 20 discs, 147 episodes, immaculately transferred, compactly packaged. I mean to get around to speaking of its virtues at length in some...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:58 PM
For a disorganized film that has trouble deciding what it's about, "When Comedy Went to School" can be a lot of fun.
Nominally the story of why the resorts of New York state's Catskill Mountains witnessed the birth of modern stand-up comedy, this...