Musicals on the menu

Get ready to tap your feet through some favorite film musicals this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Yes, the movies love to sing and dance. And, after checking out these titles, you may, too. A Star Is Born (1954) By the time Judy Garland scored a comeback with this musical version of a classic Hollywood story, she was a … read more

Foxcatcher brings truth to life

Truth, as the saying goes, is stranger than fiction. No matter what creative thinkers can conjure, what occurs in real life can reach beyond what any reel experience can fabricate. When in the hands of a moviemaker as gifted as Bennett Miller, what’s true certainly keeps us guessing. As he did with the compelling Capote and Moneyball — both based … read more

Square One revisits its first play for 25th anniversary

It doesn’t seem possible that 25 years have passed since Square One, Stratford’s premiere theater, opened its first show, Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods. Tom Holehan, the artistic director of the theater, and his board of directors decided to celebrate their silver anniversary season by revisiting that show. The show is about two diplomats, a Russian and an … read more

Reining in a book group

Q.  I’m in a book group that has become a talkfest about everything about the book. Young moms talk about their kids, older members pass around pictures of their grandchildren, and so on. We are all friends, so it’s interesting, but it’s not why we are there. We eventually do get around to discussing the book, but it’s usually so … read more