Smokey Joe’s Cafe –  it’s smoking hot

Sometimes you need to give yourself over to the music. In a spur of the moment decision I bought a ticket to see the revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe with music by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This prolific duo wrote some of our most famous rock pop, soul, R&B, gospel and doo-wop music over…

Make Believe – play acting at The Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage opened its 2019 season with the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s provocative and disturbing play, Make-Believe. Set in an attic playroom, the play is divided into two distinct parts and tries to cover a lifetime. Make Believe begins with children playing on stage as the audience is being seated. Their toys allude to…

Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel

Timing is everything. Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel, a retrospective of Ms. Lucas’ work,  has taken the New Museum more than a dozen years to mount. And there couldn’t be a more perfect time to explore this feminist artist’s oeuvre. Sexcapades of our government officials assault us daily,  and women wearing pink pussy hats are speaking…

Lobby Hero – No Heroes Here

Whether it be through words or facial expressions, characters in Kenneth Lonegran’s plays and movies always leave indelible impressions on me. And that is the case in the revival of Lobby Hero. Four characters, over the course of a couple of days, reveal too much of themselves to each other, doing harm as it seems…