Category Archives: Performers

“I’m Sorry You Feel That Way”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Bill Burr’s new Netflix special is often dazzling. It’s 80 minutes long, and there’s not a down spot in it. No one can rant like Burr; his routine is a quicksilver stream of beligerence. It’d be grating if it weren’t so dizzyingly … Continue reading

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“Straight White Men”

Paleo Retiree writes: When I saw that NYC’s Public Theater was presenting a show entitled “Straight White Men,” my interest was piqued, to say the least. Since the Public has long been one of the city’s foremost purveyors of Politically Correct theater, I … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Some Enchanted Evening”

Eddie Pensier writes: It’s big and lush and swoony and romantic. It’s a guy telling a girl about falling in love at first sight, and not missing out on it when it happens. This is the sort of song that … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “This Time The Dream’s On Me”

Eddie Pensier writes: The sublime Sylvia McNair treats us to her rendition of the Arlen/Mercer standard, which originally appeared in Blues in the Night (1941). It’s on her marvelous 1995 collaboration with André Previn*, Come Rain Or Come Shine: The … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday (encore) “Barcelona”

Eddie Pensier writes: By popular demand, here’s a repeat of the clip I posted last February of “Barcelona” from Sondheim’s Company. It features Neil Patrick Harris. Oh and Christina Hendricks too, and did I mention that she takes her clothes … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”

Eddie Pensier writes: CORRECTION AND APOLOGY: Since this post was put up, the video has been taken off YouTube. Apologies, and I’ll try to find another one. If there’s a better opening to a performance on video, I’ve yet to … Continue reading

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Notes on “Thirteen Women”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of the many quasi-horror films released in the wake of Universal’s “Dracula” and “Frankenstein,” this RKO production from 1932 offers the intriguing spectacle of Myrna Loy playing an archvillainess. Her character, Ursula Georgi, is a … Continue reading

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