The Play’s the Thing–Putting Parents Center Stage

Some of us were fortunate enough to have parents who thought we were the center of the universe. (Source: disney.wikia.com) Others, not so much. My friend was one of those who had parents who did not. Four decades ago, I witnessed the minor cruelties that parents can inflict first hand. My friend, always believing herself…

Le Chef–Jean Reno Cooks up Recipes for a New French Comedy

If you look carefully at the movie offerings, you may spot the next French film that makes you laugh–something we are always on the lookout for. The 2012 film, Le Chef, which just arrived at the Paris Theater, is the latest. (Source: nyfilmcritics.com) Jean Reno plays Alexandre, a three-star chef who battles his restaurant owner…

The Mint Theatre: Jules Romains’ “Donagoo”–An Imaginary City in an Imaginative Production

In a tiny little theater on West 43rd Street, up two long flights of stairs (or via one of two interminable elevators) lives the Off-Broadway Mint Theater, which exists to “excavate buried theatrical treasures,” often by well-known but, today, rarely produced playwrights, such as Jules Romains. His 1920 play, Donagoo,tells the story in 23 short…

Beethoven, Bronfman, Cadenzas and the New York Philharmonic

As we know, neither rain, sleet, hail nor thunderstorm will keep New Yorkers from their appointed rounds of theater, concerts or art. And it was really raining Friday night, but everybody was there to hear the great Yefim Bronfman play Beethoven Piano Concertos #1 and #4. We had heard him play Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Prokofiev…

Living a Good Clean Life is Certainly its Own Reward but It Also May Make You Eligible for TSA Pre-Check!

Previous trips to the airport have been, as we all know, nightmares of waiting on this line or that, luggage or security, stripping off jackets, belts, shoes, and possibly losing our wallet, watch or jewelry in the process. (Source: novasich.org.ua) This can all be behind you. All it takes is a (fairly) painless trip to…