July 17, 1998 |
Imagine Ally McBeal featuring two buff Boston attorneys, GWMs looking for soulmates with brains, bods and bank accounts equal to theirs, and you have All the Rage, a comic cautionary tale about how the heart and the eyes have different appetites. Christopher (John-Michael Lander) is an estate lawyer with the chiseled face of a Details magazine coverboy and the sculpted abs usually found on heroic statues and Chippendales dancers. His best friend at the firm, Larry (Jay Corcoran)
May 19, 1989 |
Caryl Churchill's Top Girls is at once a strongly feminist play and a cautionary tale for feminists. The play shows how strong, determined women in the past were able to fulfill themselves even though they were greatly constrained by male oppression and how boorish and empty the same type of woman can be today with the freedom, more or less, to be herself. Churchill presents the women from the past in a lengthy, highly imaginative opening scene that has Marlene, a contemporary character who is newly named to head her office, celebrating the promotion at a dinner with noted women from the past.
May 30, 2004 |
Though not strictly a travel book, How Not to Live Abroad (Citadel Press, $19.95) is a cautionary tale for anyone who has ever traveled abroad in search of himself/herself - at no matter what stage of life. What starts out as an escapist vacation to Spain for a pair of twentyish slackers - desperate to avoid work in the real world and the type of humdrum lives they see folks living around them in London - becomes a comedically disastrous story befitting the book's title. How many of us - and I am not discounting our post-adolescent traipses across the Continent or Southeast Asia or Latin America, in between baccalaureate and grad school or beyond - have found ourselves so enamored of the culture, climate or environment of some thoroughly foreign venue that we didn't seriously consider carving out a new life right there?
February 14, 2012
The story is familiar. Beautiful, talented singer, actor, dancer, and on down the list, succumbs in a tragic likely accident that may have involved drug abuse. Whitney Houston was added to that roll call Saturday. She was 48. Like so many others, she is gone too soon, and yet she will always be with us. Almost from the time the little girl from Newark opened her mouth in song, it was clear she would one day be a star. And why not, given her lineage? Gospel great Cissy Houston was her mother, pop music icon Dionne Warwick her aunt, and the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, her godmother.
July 17, 2011 |
CLEVELAND - The Indians sat in first place when, on the cool and pleasant evening of June 20, they opened a series with the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field. Despite the good record and weather, and even though interleague play typically produces a crowd bump, Northern Ohio's tortured sports fans were unmoved. The Indians, then last in baseball attendance, drew just 15,224 spectators to the 8-7 loss. Perhaps Clevelanders suspected the success was a first-half illusion.
February 7, 2005 |
When rescuers began pulling victims from the rubble of the sugar factory here in 1988, the corpses seemed like ghastly, crimson ghosts, covered with an awful goo, a coagulating mixture of blood and powdered sugar. The 6.9-magnitude earthquake that crushed the sugar plant also destroyed every other factory in this mountainous patch of northern Armenia. It flattened schools, churches, homes and hospitals, killing more than 25,000 people and leaving half a million homeless. The 1988 disaster was nowhere near the scale of the Dec. 26 tsunami, but the horror and grief were the same.
April 17, 2010 |
"Take a glance at Noah. . . . He didn't pair up the apes with the antelope, right? It's one of the many laws of nature. 'Run with your own kind.' " This is the generous eugenic advice proffered by slender Carter (Paul Felder) to slender Tom (Ed Renninger) about the impropriety of Tom's plus-size girlfriend in Fat Pig, Theatre Horizon's current production. Playwright Neil LaBute's "kind," of course, are those possessed of a deep well of self-loathing from which to draw endless vitriol or tortured inertia, or both.
September 28, 2007 |
When he renounced possessions, friends and family in 1990, Chris McCandless, 23, was an intense and idealistic college grad fleeing the savage materialism of so-called civilization. He took his savings, gave it to OxFam, and hit the road. A self-styled monk whose hermitage was the American outdoors, McCandless sought serenity in rugged mountains where he mastered his fears, and on the sparkling rivers where he rode the rapids of self-reliance. On the basis of the exhilarating Into the Wild , Sean Penn's exceptional film inspired by Jon Krakauer's nonfiction best seller, McCandless (charismatic Emile Hirsch)
July 4, 2015 |
Eden is less a cautionary tale about a life fueled by music, clubs, and drugs, than about how life can pass you by when you aren't looking. French director Mia Hansen-Løve co-wrote the film with her brother, Sven, on whom the main character, Paul (Félix de Givry), is based. Eden follows Paul through two decades of his career as a DJ, starting out as an excited kid obsessed with garage, a form of dance music that originated in New York's gay-friendly Paradise Garage in the 1980s and is characterized by strong female vocals.
April 8, 2005 |
A feverish tale of convent schoolgirls who confuse spiritual with sexual ecstasy (or is it the reverse?), Lucretia Martel's The Holy Girl is as eerie and intoxicating as the theremin music it prominently features. Set in an Argentina hotel during a convention of ear, nose and throat doctors, Martel's haunting film focuses on Amalia (Maria Alche), a 16-year-old who has a twin awakening, erotic and religious, when a man rubs up against her in the street. Martel, who previously made the likewise elliptical La Ci?naga, shoots her characters in extreme close-ups, focusing on the sensory portals of ears, noses and throats.