Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

Book Review: Incognito

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

The milieu of early-20th-century New York City is the purview of Edith Wharton, and any author who dares to set their novels in the same time period will suffer in the comparison. To his credit, Gregory Murphy isn’t as interested in the manners and moirés of the time as Wharton was. By necessity, he isn’t [&hellip
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Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

Kathy Griffin paints herself as a Broadway innocent during her one-woman show Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, but she can’t help but prove her theatrical bona fides with a joke in her Playbill bio. Buried among fictional Broadway credits, Griffin lists Dead Whore in Neil LaBute’s I Hate You But I Won’t Say It Till It Can Do The [&hellip
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Book Review: Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Like his character on The West Wing, White House speechwriter Sam Seaborn, Rob Lowe stays admirably on message in his new memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. He’s at pains to paint himself as a grounded, levelheaded man who has (mostly) successfully navigated the rapids of early fame and success, debilitating personal crises and then a [&hellip
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TV Review: The Killing

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

By the end of the first hour, you will probably want to punch in the face every character of AMC’s newest brooding drama, The Killing. Detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is packing up on her last day in Seattle, preparing to fly down to San Diego with her young son to live with her fiancé in [&hellip
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Book Review: Sisters of Fortune

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Books

Imagine if, instead of finding defeat at the hands of those crafty, debauched Europeans, Henry James’ heroines triumphed, and found love, money and social position across the Atlantic? The result would be something like the real lives of Maryland’s Caton sisters—Marianne, Louisa, Bess and Emily, vividly recreated by biographer Jehanne Wake in Sisters of Fortune. Beautiful, [&hellip
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Keeping Watch Off-Off Broadway

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Theater

When your job revolves around going to the theater, you discover little pleasures that the more casual theatergoer can’t experience. Chief among these (other than knowing which theater is so prone to bottlenecking that you must leave before curtain call to make it out with any speed) is getting the chance to follow the careers [&hellip
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TV Review: The Borgias

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

No one in Showtime’s new soap opera—er, historical drama—The Borgias is having a good time. Not Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander, not any of the actors playing his children, followers or enemies, and certainly not the audience. The over-the-top story of the Borgia family, fraught with poisonings, treachery, possible incest and papal abuse, cries out for [&hellip
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Lucinda Williams at Webster Hall

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, Music

Lucinda Williams is like the Lotte Lenya of country music. She’ll rasp along melodically enough, and then suddenly snatch a note out of thin air, massage it with vibrato, and the song becomes heartbreaking despite its head-nodding beat. Her husky contralto wraps around her songs about Southern life, heartbreak and, less frequently, optimism as if [&hellip
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