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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough There is a song format, ‘call and response’. You hear it most often in gospel or religious music, when the singers almost converse, exhorting or admonishing each other verse by verse or line by line. Well, … Continue reading

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The Secret Garden: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  You know that writers (except for Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin) are poor, right? If you want a lucrative career, it is better to join Goldman Sachs. So this is why I patronize … Continue reading

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King Hedley II: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I took in the Arena Stage‘s production of King Hedley II in February, when it was starting its well-reviewed run. I am not familiar with the plays of the late August Wilson, and it was clearly … Continue reading

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District 9: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I am as I so often am, rather late to see this movie, which came out in 2009. (My son, who is embarrassed by the cultural ignorance of his parents, insisted that we take it in.) … Continue reading

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Mr. Turner: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I am on a Mike Leigh kick these days, and so I could not miss Mr. Turner, one in the plethora of biopics about dead British geniuses this year. With its fanatical historical correctness and affection … Continue reading

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Indie Reading

Some books defy market categorization. Like many classics. But these days, if you can’t slot your work so that the sales team knows where to put it in a book store, you have even less a chance of selling it … Continue reading

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Topsy-Turvy: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough There is a grand and glorious tradition of backstage movies and plays, and Topsy-Turvy (1999) fits right in with them. Follies, Birdman, A Star is Born, Curtains, Annie Get Your Gun, Cabaret — all of these … Continue reading

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Into the Woods: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is a show, and a movie, about what we want. Do you really know what you’re wishing for? If and when you get it, will it pan out? Or will you discover that what you … Continue reading

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The Hobbit 3: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough I’m a real fan of snappy, tight work. So I was annoyed by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. This thing is at least an hour too long. All the pernicious influences of modern … Continue reading

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Reading Jennifer Marie Brissett’s Elysium

Elysium

Jennifer Marie Brissett’s novel Elysium moved me so much that I began making a list of people to give it to. This is a perfect book for my friends who only read “literary” fiction, I thought. It’s beautifully written and … Continue reading

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