Culture Watch

  • Setting Sail into the 1930s

    by Bruce Chadwick

    This was a hit play in the 1960s when audiences still remembered the stars of the 1930s whom it spoofs.  But today? 

  • Chilling Murder in 1867 Paris

    by Bruce Chadwick

    Therese Raquin is a taut, tight, highly entertaining and at times gripping murder story in which you learn much about crime and punishment in Paris in the 1860s, the life of the shopkeepers and their friends and Parisian fashion of the day.

  • The Glory Days of Tough-Guy Writer Ernest Hemingway

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The Morgan Library and Museum in NYC is holding the first full-scale library exhibit ever done in honor of Hemingway.  Surprisingly, perhaps, it's been packed with visitors who still love the writer, who died a long 55 years ago. 

  • Romance at the Edge of the Mojave Desert

    by Bruce Chadwick

    "Fool for Love," the absorbing and riveting revival of a play by Sam Shepard that opened last week, is another look at small towns on the edge of the western universe, little postage stamp communities with a decaying drive-in movie theater.

  • This Is Why the Art Market Is So Frenzied

    by James Hamilton

    The revolution in art, culture and commerce in nineteenth century London kept pace with the industrial revolution and acted as its sharp and shining point.

  • Ginger Rogers Misses A Few Steps and Turns

    by Bruce Chadwick

    The musical tries to zero in on Ginger’s life from about 1930 to 1940, showing how her success was due to an unbelievable work ethic, a lot of pushing from her mom and, well, good luck. There is much good in the musical, but somewhere along the way, the Ginger Rogers musical misses a few steps.