Category Archives: Theater

HBO Debuts Bright Lights…Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

“She’s me, and I’m her,” says actress/writer Carrie Fisher in the delicious new feature-length documentary Bright Lights. Fisher’s remark caps one of her grueling gigs at a Star Wars fan convention and refers to her breakout film role as Princess Leia. But she might as … Continue reading

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By Sidney Lumet Launches New Season of American Masters

“I’m not directing the moral message, I’m directing that piece and those people, says esteemed film and TV director Sidney Lumet in American Masters: By Sidney Lumet. “If I do it well, the moral message will come through.” Lumet died in 2011; but, … Continue reading

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Nature Spotlights The Story of Cats on PBS

If you’ve ever shared your home or heart with a cat, you probably agree that cats are inscrutable.  But, let’s face it, you love them anyway… and you never ever give up hope that they’ll love you back. Whether you … Continue reading

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Becoming Mike Nichols on HBO Recalls His Early Triumphs

“I wasn’t interested in doing a film about anything other than his work as an artist,” says director/executive producer Douglas McGrath about the subject of his new documentary, Becoming Mike Nichols. “It’s not a gossipy piece.” McGrath’s goal certainly seemed a reasonable … Continue reading

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Mike Nichols Launches American Masters 30th Anniversary Season

It would be difficult for any filmmaker, no matter how seasoned, to encapsulate the life story and creative accomplishments of someone as prolific and beloved as director, writer, comedian, actor, producer Mike Nichols (1931-2014) in a 60-minute documentary. I’m sure that Nichols’ friends and … Continue reading

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Listen To Me Marlon a Must See on Showtime

One of the best films of 2015 debuts on Showtime tonight at 9:00 p.m., and I urge you not to miss it. It will be aired in repeat broadcasts in the weeks ahead, so check your Showtime listings and On Demand as … Continue reading

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Liz Swados Takes the High Road in My Depression on HBO

Born in 1951, Elizabeth Swados was a wunderkind, given the range of talents she enjoyed to great success while still in her twenties: composer, performer, music conductor, writer, illustrator. Then regarded as avant-garde, her creative spirit proved to be as natural as life … Continue reading

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