Culture Watch


  • The Jewish Artist: Post World War II Brooklyn

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The play, "My Name is Asher Lev," is the story of a young Hasidic Jewish artist from Brooklyn who is determined to become a potent force in a field of work in which Jews have rarely succeeded.


  • Historic Crime Photography Exhibit Shoots Blanks

    by Bruce Chadwick

    There are chilling portraits of killers, both young and old, hundreds of mug shots, photographic studies of bad guys’ chins and noses, copies of old crime magazines and photos of guns galore. But there is no connection between any of the pictures, no story line, no theme.


  • Story of Boxing Great Jack Johnson Scores TKO

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The play "The Royale" is an absorbing story, a mixture of history and sports and a scary look at a highly racist America in the middle of the Jim Crow era. It is full of hysteria and history and a study of a titanic black fighter in a world of sports dominated by white men.


  • Why Ordinary Americans Can Torture Innocent People

    by Bruce Chadwick

    One of the most disturbing psychological experiments in American history was carried out by Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram between 1961 and 1963. The true story of the Milgram experiments has been turned into a play, "Please Continue," and it is an absorbing and engaging play.


  • The Angry Skeleton Crew Workers of Labor History

    by Bruce Chadwick

    A sharply written play full of deep and absorbing characters, "Skeleton Crew" is really just the latest chapter in labor history in which mega-corporations sometimes destroy the lives of tens of thousands of hard working American laborers.