June 6, 2015 |
The game is afoot (What, only a foot? I thought it was Scotland Yard) at the Lantern Theater, where The Hound of the Baskervilles is having a rousing and rambunctious production. The comedy by Steven Canny and John Nicholson, under Matt Pfeiffer's direction - a triumph of comic timing - is laugh-out-loud, eye-moppingly funny. This is the same absurdly complicated Sherlock Holmes mystery written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: threats on the heir's life at Baskerville Hall, with half a dozen red-herring suspects stirred into the mix. Add the spooky mansion (cue the door slams)
March 19, 2015 |
PRINCETON -- Ken Ludwig's new comedy is a farcical treatment of the most famous of the Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound of the Baskervilles . As we know from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, from Benedict Cumberbatch's fast-talking reincarnation of the famous detective in the BBC's Sherlock , and from Jonny Lee Miller's intense, neurotic portrayal in CBS's Elementary , the whole point of Sherlock Holmes is that he is super smart. So how did he wind up in this dopey play?
November 6, 2014 |
Taylor the great and powerful Welp, she did it. As everyone knew she would. In its very first week of general availability, the album 1989 by Wyomissing's own Taylor Swift enjoyed about 1.287 million in sales, splaying her atop the Billboard Top 200 album chart. That's a-MAY-zing in these days of dying album sales - that any album would sell a million total, let alone in its first week. It's the biggest-selling album released this year, after just one week!, eclipsing Sam Smith 's In the Lonely Hour , which has sold a comparatively stinky 744,000.
October 18, 2014 |
They make up more than half the world's population, yet women have not yet taken their rightful place in Hollywood as directors. Not that there's a paucity of brilliant female directors, as is evident from Female Gaze: Contemporary Films by Women , an impressive seven-disc boxed set featuring seven feature films and seven shorts by contemporary female directors from around the world. Inch'Allah Dimanche , by Algerian French artist and politician Yamina Benguigui, is about a woman from the former French colony of Algeria who joins her husband in France, where he emigrated more than 25 years earlier.
December 18, 2013 |
Western society's most significant advances in crime detection didn't come from a police force or a pioneering scientist. They came from a fictional character, Sherlock Holmes. That's the claim made by PBS's How Sherlock Changed the World , a two-hour documentary airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday, with narration by The Walking Dead 's Andrew Lincoln in a smooth, seductive, for-real British accent. A repetitive, highly selective scavenger hunt through Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes oeuvre that tends to be more exhausting than exhaustive, the show strategically leads the way for two returning Holmes dramas.
October 18, 2013 |
AS JOURNALISM tries to re-create itself as a viable institution in the age of the Internet, nowhere has the battle between its traditional values and the changes forced on it by technology been as clear-cut as in the case of WikiLeaks and its charismatic founder, Julian Assange. In "The Fifth Estate," director Bill Condon and screenwriter Josh Singer attempt to explore the psychological making of Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his relationship with his Wiki right hand, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl)
May 14, 2013 |
Spoofing Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson isn't exactly a novel notion, although this Curio Theatre parody of The Hound of the Baskervilles by Steven Canny and John Nicholson gives elementary a whole new meaning. If you stick it out until Act Two, things suddenly get funny. Steve Carpenter, who's been playing Sherlock Holmes with an off-again, on-again Russian accent, is outraged to learn that somebody has tweeted during intermission, complaining that his performance is really slowing the show down.
October 8, 2012 |
From: Mr. Sherlock Holmes To: Dr. Watson I say, my dear Watson, we can make immediate deductions from our visit to Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood at the indubitably pleasant Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley - you know, just down the lane from the county town they call Media. First off, the play by Paul Giovanni - the same one that featured Glenn Close as the female lead on Broadway in 1978 and Charlton Heston as myself in that 1991 telly movie - is loose as the ashes in my pipe bowl.
September 28, 2012 |
Thursday night - time to roll out the networks' big guns, literally and literarily. ABC opens with Last Resort , perhaps the most ambitious and expensive-looking new series of the season, and a program whose mature and violent content seems ill-suited to the 8 p.m. slot. The captain (Andre Braugher) and crew of a dreadnought ballistic Navy sub get an authenticated missile launch code. When both Braugher and his commanding officer ( Underworld 's Scott Speedman) have qualms about heaving nuclear warheads at Pakistan, their sub is targeted for destruction.
September 27, 2012
* LAST RESORT. 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 ABC. * ELEMENTARY. 10 p.m. Thursday, CBS 3. SOMEONE'S OUT to get the USS Colorado. Placed in the most precarious of positions in the Thursday premiere of ABC's "Last Resort," the submariners aboard don't have much going for them, beyond nuclear missiles and a captain, Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), who knows how to use them. If he's smart, he'll keep a couple trained on those head-of-the-class clowns on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," and maybe reserve another for Fox's "The X Factor.