Grabbing a Bite on the Run, the Walk, and the Sit

When my elder brother came to New York from Los Angeles, he said he felt hungry all the time here and asked me if New Yorkers ever stopped eating and of course I had to admit that we didn’t. .But I have noticed recently that our tendency to eat in between restaurants has increased, even…

Fritz Weaver Presides Over the Beginning of the End —in Shaw’s Heartbreak House at the Symphony Space

Written just before the outbreak of World War I, pacifist George Bernard Shaw foretells the coming cataclysm through the lens of upended individual relationships. The great Fritz Weaver as Captain Shotover, (Source: playbill.com) the leader of a very shaky expedition to nowhere, headed a brilliant cast at Monday night’s reading of Heartbreak House in which…

Return to Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village–Is John’s Pizzeria Still Great?

Short answer–yes. John’s of Bleecker Street, to give its full name, takes itself seriously and will not sell by the slice to samplers as you can see from the above awning. It does however provide really great pies–a small/medium served the two of us just fine for $14.50. Even if you order the liter bottle…

Dumbing Down Standing Up–The Rise and Fall of the Standing Ovation

It has become so commonplace to stand at the end of a performance, we no longer save it for the extra special–just like tipping–it’s expected. (Source: pinterest.com) American audiences are famous for their generosity–we don’t boo or hiss, except once in a while I have heard a boo–usually saved for a perfectly awful set at…

Sheridan’s The Rivals–A Crackling Sophisticated Comedy at the Pearl

I had never seen this most famous work of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, first performed in 1775 at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane but I had heard a lot about it and who hasn’t. (Source: todayinliterature.com) If you’ve ever used the word “malapropism,” you will recognize Mrs. Malaprop who always pronounces her words to perfection…