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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

I’m not a fan of playwright Anton Chekhov, but with a cast including Steve Carell, Alfred Molina, and other names I know, I decided to give “Uncle Vanya” a try. Here’s why that was a mistake.

An Enemy Of The People

An Enemy Of The People

This is one of the best things I’ve seen on Broadway in a long time, with Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli terrific in the leading roles. Here’s my review.

Stereophonic

Stereophonic

This new Broadway play, about a Fleetwood Mac-like band recording an album, was just nominated for 13 Tony Awards, but it didn’t do much for me. I explain why in this review.

Wine Nuances

Wine Nuances

These descriptions of the ingredients in wines at a recent tasting had me rolling my eyes in disbelief at the whole wine culture.

Asi Wind Does It Again

Asi Wind Does It Again

Last time I wrote about magician Asi Wind, I didn’t describe any of his tricks because the printed word wouldn’t do them justice — they have to be seen to be believed. Well, here’s video of Wind in action.

Can’t Queue What’s New

Can’t Queue What’s New

I’m always on the lookout for new content to stream, but even after I hear about something interesting, it’s often impossible to find it on the streamers’ apps to add to my queue. Here are some examples.

Four Random Thoughts

Four Random Thoughts

Here are quickies about hot plates in restaurants, Jon Stewart’s unnecessary shouting, modesty at home, and what a pleasure it still is to see comedian George Wallace on stage.

A Cabbie’s Loss

A Cabbie’s Loss

When I used a ride-share app recently, my driver explained that while the low prices are good for consumers, they’re terrible for the people behind the wheel. Here’s why.

The People vs. Piano Man

The People vs. Piano Man

Billy Joel’s CBS concert special tonight reminded me of this piece by Tom Smyth, in which he imagines what it was like the first time Billy played “Piano Man” for the bar regulars he wrote about in the song.

The Greatest Hits

The Greatest Hits

A new movie on Hulu stars Lucy Boynton as a woman who is magically transported back in time when she hears a song today that she heard in the past with her late boyfriend. Does that high concept work? Here’s my review.