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The Exception: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Stephen Sondheim famously complained in “Putting It Together” that the audience doesn’t want to be socked with novelty. It wants what it already knows. And since we all know this, the artist is always trying to … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough My son and I agree that the super hero movie is now become formulaic. You need your origin narrative. Your superhero debut. Your major conflict, ideally involving saving the world. It’s as rigid a formula as … Continue reading

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Ragtime: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Many theaters are simply boxes — an empty space into which a show can be poured. But some theaters have so much history, they call for certain sorts of production. A good example would be the … Continue reading

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Boeing Boeing: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  The farce is one of the most ancient forms of drama. I am certain that Plato sat in the amphitheater in Athens and watched slamming doors and actors chasing each other around the stage socking each … Continue reading

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Beauty, Revisited

Darwin and I finally saw BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  My thoughts: –Emma Watson isn’t a great singer. Her voice is quite weak compared to Paige O’Hara. Come to that, none of the cast members has a standout voice, except the … Continue reading

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Our View From Here: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough One of the most superb features of living in the Washington DC area is the museums. The Smithsonian Institution is one of the great centers of learning of our time, and admission is free! It’s always … Continue reading

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Company: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is one of the major pillars of the modern musical theater. It won six Tony awards in its day and though it’s getting on for fifty years old, it’s still able to speak to us. … Continue reading

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Lego Batman: A Brief Review

Saturday we all went to see the Lego Batman movie, mostly because Maksim (my youngest) wanted to see it, and partly to get out of the house on a Saturday evening. Batman and the Joker are facing off in a … Continue reading

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Cagney: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough In January we spent a long weekend in New York City. I don’t do this often, and so I take care to do only things that I can’t do anywhere else. This is not the time … Continue reading

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Riverdale: Kevin and Moose

A few years ago, Archie Comics unveiled with fanfare Kevin Keller, the first gay character in their comics universe.  There was some backlash, but overall the character proved enormously popular.  So popular, in fact, that he was given his own … Continue reading

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